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Nominations for the NZ Food Heroes Award are flooding in with only a few more days for Kiwis to name their unsung food and beverage heroes.

So far, entries reflect the diverse nature of the innovation and community spirit that flourished during the COVID-19 lockdown to ensure New Zealanders had access to fresh produce and prevented food waste. Nominations are open until July 31, and the finalists will be announced August 31

Those nominated from the Auckland region include a wide range of suppliers from yoghurt, organic flour, fresh oysters and Turkish bread makers to the Rawiri Team who provided food boxes and blankets for whānau nation-wide.

The campaign was launched by the New Zealand Food Awards in place of their usual programme as a way for Kiwis to show their appreciation and support for the numerous ‘heroes’ across the food and beverage sector.

Massey University’s national events and sponsorship manager, Kelly Douglas, is encouraging more Kiwis from across New Zealand to get involved and share who they would like to celebrate.

“The New Zealand Food Awards, Massey University and our partner network have been amazed by the efforts of our community to help Kiwis and businesses survive this challenging time, and we believe they deserve recognition.

“We’ve had a great response so far, but we reckon there are plenty more heroes New Zealanders would like to thank. So, tell us who they are. We’ll be giving a bit of love back to the New Zealand food heroes you nominate.”

Nominations are open until July 31, 2020, for people or organisations that have supported the New Zealand food and beverage supply chain in some way. The finalists will be announced 31st August, with a celebration and winners’ announcement on October 8, 2020.

You can nominate your food hero online at People are encouraged to show their appreciation for them on social media as well using #NZFoodHeroes and #NZFoodAwards so that the New Zealand Food Awards can help the rest of Aotearoa celebrate them too.