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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 Riccarton are:

Jess Roberts

It Takes a Village Hub
Dedicated. Compassionate. Caring

Jess Roberts is passionate about helping those in need and spends countless hours distributing baby and toddler bundles to families through Canterbury-based It Takes a Village Hub. Under Jess’s leadership, the charity is responding to increased demand and has distributed more than 700 bundles in the past 12 months compared with about 320 previously.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Riccarton Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Jess is successful, It Takes a Village Hub will cover increased operational costs and buy car seats and bundle contents.

Mataara Newson

Victim Support Christchurch
Calm. Empowering. Empathetic

Empathetic Mataara Newson puts her heart and soul into helping victims of crime, trauma and suicide feel safe, heal and find justice. As a support worker for Victim Support (Manaaki Tāngata) Christchurch, Mataara takes care to understand the unique needs of every person she works with to give them the emotional and practical support they need.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Riccarton Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Mataara is successful, Victim Support Christchurch will use its funds to provide training to volunteers and staff.

If you need support, please phone __Victim Support (Manaaki Tāngata) Christchurch: 0800 842 846.

Pam Stark

Child Cancer Foundation
Empathetic. Selfless. Compassionate

Pam Stark is giving back to her community as the lead of Child Cancer Foundation Christchurch Whānau Connect Group. She’s inspired by the bravery of her late son Conor to ensure that the 120 families in the group never feel alone and know where to turn for advice.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Riccarton Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Pam is successful, Child Cancer Foundation will use its funds for several events for Christchurch people affected by childhood cancer.


If you need support, please phone Lifeline: 0800 543 354.

Recognising all our 2022 nominees

View all of the Westfield Riccarton nominees and their organisation

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