Jim Morunga's been serving his community for 40 years. Last year he was named New Zealand's Local Hero of the year. Other regional winners were in the running, but Napier-based Jim took the top award. The award recognises people doing extraordinary things in their communities. It all started when he became blind in 1972. He was 22. "The company of people was pretty important so I got involved with people and when you get involved with people sometimes you get to hear that they've got problems and you figure out hmmm maybe I can help."
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