Most of us know of one, if not a handful of people, whose contribution to our lives and the wider community deserves public acknowledgement.

Hence, we're keen to get a far-reaching representation of whoever you think deserves the title of 2016 Hawke's Bay Today Person of the Year.

Yes, it's the time of year where we again search for someone to receive this honour and we need your help to find such a person.

He or she could be someone who has made a significant contribution to the Hawke's Bay community in terms of charity, fundraising or other non-profit organisations. Or someone who has achieved remarkable success in her or his chosen business, career or sport.


Maybe a local who has demonstrated courageous or heroic actions.

Those nominated this year have some rather large shoes to follow in. The 2015 winner, Ian Emmerson, was described by one of last year's judges, Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri, as epitomising "the great Bay man".

Paediatrician and Children's Commissioner Russell Wills was the judges' unanimous choice the year before, while inaugural winner Flaxmere Boxing Academy head coach Craig McDougall was also chosen unanimously.

Hawke's Bay Today editor Andrew Austin said it was important for the newspaper to recognise people doing good things in the community.

"We have some incredible people doing some incredible things in our midst. Some of them have been honoured in the past, some not. We want our readers to nominate them so they can receive the praise they deserve."

Judges will be announced in the next few weeks.

* All nominations must be emailed to with a few sentences explaining why you have chosen to nominate that person. The winner will be announced before Christmas.