Kiwibank Local Hero


Many will remember Chris Martin from his time with Selwyn District Council as a Youth Advisor and he has now gone on to be recognised by his peers and receive a Kiwi Bank Local Hero Award.

Currently a board member of the Canterbury Youth Workers’ Collective and AraTaiohi Chris continues to mentor ex-Selwyn youth council members, as well as being on the boards of the Selwyn Parenting Network and Selwyn Waiwera Youth Trust. Since ceasing Council employment  Chris has worked with a number of  other local authorities helping them with youth engagement and the establishment of youth councils. He was involved with establishing General House, a community house in Rolleston that aims to provide a physical space for teaching, encouraging and empowerment.

“It has been greatly humbling to be nominated by a peer and for that nomination to be supported by others in the Selwyn and youth work communities,” Chris commented. “When I was told about the nomination I never thought I would really win a medal,” he said.

Local Hero medals go to outstanding Kiwis who will be presented with them at one of sixteen events across New Zealand. They aim to identify and reward everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities.

Local Hero Awards recognise the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of Kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities better places.

The award ceremony will take place at Addington Raceway on Thursday, December 7th.