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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 Newmarket are:

Jessie Yan

ForYouth Global Trust
Dedicated, Consistent, Passionate

Sixteen-year-old Jessie Yan founded ForYouth Global Trust to provide personal development and educational opportunities to those less fortunate than herself. Jessie’s programs include inspiring seminars, music activities, book donations and a learning initiative to help preserve the Māori language. In addition, young people can reach out for support if they need it.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Newmarket Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Jessie is successful, ForYouth Global Trust will use the funds to develop and distribute a multilingual expansion pack of the Kaupapa game, offering youth from many different backgrounds the opportunity to celebrate te reo Māori through learning-rich play.

Natalie Elia

Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust
Passionate, Empathetic, Compassionate

Natalie Elia is a dedicated Youth Development Manager at Youthline, where she goes above and beyond to support hundreds of seriously at-risk 15- to 24-year-olds. Through her encouraging nature, Natalie helps the people in her care foster their sense of identity and become the best versions of themselves.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Newmarket Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Natalie is successful, Youthline Auckland will use its funds to make up 140 care packs with essentials for young people in need of support.

Nurain Janah

Authenticity Aotearoa
Compassionate. Resilient. Patient

Trailblazer Nurain Janah founded Authenticity Aotearoa to help women of colour gain confidence to use their cultural heritage to their advantage at work and in the community. Drawing on her experiences as a migrant Muslim woman, Nurain is determined that young women and future generations won’t face barriers to success because of their background.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Newmarket Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Nurain is successful, Authenticity Aotearoa will put its funds towards its mental wellbeing support program, Diverse and Proud.


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