The New Zealander of the Year Awards were introduced in 2010. 

The New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Award aims to identify and reward everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. The award recognises the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of Kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities a better place.

Congratulations to the following ex-spotswoodians who have been recipients of the Taranaki Local Hero Award.

2018:

Nigel Cash  (1989-1990)

Darren James  (1981-1983)

Terry Parkes  (1968-1969)

2020:

Tim Coleman  (1982-1986)

Lindsay Thomson  (1975-1979)