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Vote for your Westfield Local Hero

It only takes a minute to recognise and give back to someone in your community who is doing amazing work. Vote for your Westfield Local Hero today.

Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that shines the spotlight on individuals and their organisations in Australia and New Zealand who make a positive impact to their local community or environment.

The Westfield Local Hero finalist with the highest number of community votes for each Westfield centre will be awarded a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. Finalists receive a $5,000 grant for their organisation.

This year Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totaling $1.26 million. Now in its 5th year, the Westfield Local Heroes program will have contributed $6.14M to more than 530 successful Local Hero organisations since it began.

Voting closes 22 August


VOTE NOW! Your finalists for Westfield Manukau City are:

Brenda Spicer

Papakura Music School
Inclusive. Selfless. Resourceful

Brenda Spicer is the driving force at the parent-run Papakura Music School, where children from all economic circumstances experience the joy of learning to play an instrument. Brenda can't bear to see people being left out of opportunities and has several initiatives to encourage attendance by children from lower-decile schools.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Manukau City Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Brenda is successful, Papakura will fund scholarships and invest in updated sheet music, new instruments, and a PA system.

Shari Lett

Raise Up
Calm. Compassionate. Respectful

Youth Coordinator Shari Lett is on a mission to help young people develop skills and connections that help them transition into thriving adults. Through her work on the YMCA Raise Up program, Shari helps rangatahi feel a sense of community, overcome barriers and improve their mental health.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Manukau City Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Shari is successful, Raise Up will use its funds to help local schools recover from the COVID-19 disruptions by providing events focusing on mindfulness, leadership, study skills and conflict resolution.

Steve Webb

WanderSearch Auckland
Compassionate. Supportive. Inclusive

WanderSearch Auckland volunteer Steve Webb helps give people with cognitive impairment the freedom to move around in public. WanderSearch is a small charity that provides wearable tracking devices to people at risk of going missing. Steve enthusiastically maintains clients’ devices so they can be found if they wander off.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Manukau City Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Steve is successful, WanderSearch Auckland will be able to help the community by buying 40 new tracking devices, refurbishing 140 used devices and buying a new tracking receiver.


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Recognising all our 2022 nominees

View all of the Westfield Manukau City nominees and their organisation

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