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Semi-finalists for New Zealander of the Year 2014

The New Zealander of the Year 2014 Awards Office is pleased to announce the approved list of ten people being considered for the 2014's Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

They are:

• Dr Lance O'Sullivan: General Practitioner, Kaitaia
• Richie McCaw: Rugby player, Christchurch
• Bob Kerridge; Auckland RSPCA, Auckland
• Catriona Williams; Founder of CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust,  Masterton
• Dame Dr Iritana Tawhiwhirangi; Maori educator, Wellington
• Vi Cottrell; Founder of Trade Aid NZ, Christchurch
• Mai Chen;  Public lawyer, Wellington
• Bob Parker; Broadcaster and former Mayor, Christchurch
• Frances Denz; Business leader and education, Tauranga
• Barry Lucinsky; Environmentalist and inventor, Otaki  

Comment from Chief Judge, Cameron Bennett

These ten people are exceptional individuals who followed their passions and contributed to improving the lives of many New Zealanders.

Determining who will be the New Zealander of Year is a very tough job for the judging panel.  The calibre of nominations was very high.

In their own way, each of these people is a revolutionary.   Some have worked tirelessly for their local communities, others have stamped their mark at a national or even international level.   They are all Kiwis of whom we can be very proud.

Background

The annual New Zealander of the Year awards is in its fifth year. It recognises, encourages and rewards New Zealand's most vital asset - its people.  It is open to all New Zealanders and celebrates the contributions of New Zealanders from all walks of life. Nearly 250 nominations were received for the 2014 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

In January, the judging panel - comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts - will announce the three finalists who will attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards. 

The 2014 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year will be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year. 

Previous winners of the New Zealander of the Year Award are: Dame Anne Salmond (2013), Sir Richard Taylor (2012), Sir Paul Callaghan (2011) and Sir Ray Avery (2010).

Other categories

The New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014 will also be honoring New Zealanders who have performed with distinction in five award categories.  The semi-finalists for those categories are:

Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year
Brando Yelavich (North Shore); Parris Goebel(Auckland); Andrew McDaid (Auckland); Kristina Cavit (Auckland); Ludwig Wendzich (Auckland); Lydia Ko (North Shore); Sophie Pascoe (Auckland); Jason Pemberton (Christchurch); Todd Balogh (Dunedin); Dale Stewart (Whangaparoa).

Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year
Ian Mclean (Rotorua); Bob Kerridge (Auckland); Francis Denz (Tauranga); Julie Bartlett (Auckland); Tom Clarkson (Westland); Billy Graham (Lower Hutt); Michael Mudford (Dargaville); Vi Cottrell (Christchurch); Frank Lowry (New Plymouth); Barry Lucinsky (Otaki).

Mitre 10 Community of the Year
NZ Council Victim Support (Wellington/NZ); Cranford Hospice (Hastings); KidsCan (NZ wide); UN Youth (Wellington); NZ Cadet Forces (NZ wide); ToughLove (Auckland); Magnet (Christchurch); Ronald McDonald House (Auckland); Starjam (Auckland); Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust (Tauranga).

Sanitarium Innovator of the Year
Dr Sean Simpson (Auckland); Andre Prassinos (Rotorua); Christopher Rodley (Nelson); Dr Craig Radford (Warkworth); Stuart Dennis (Rotorua).

Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards
Dale Smith (Gisborne); Cecilia Sullivan-Grant (Mosgiel); Juping Zhou (Wellington); Janice Byford (Taihape); Dr Lance O'Sullivan (Kaitaia); David Lean (Wellington); Tim Davies-Colley (Porirua)
Soteria Mareko (Auckland); Katrina Mitchell (Wellington); Simon Park (Wellington).

Full Bio's of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Semi Finalists -

Dr. Lance O'Sullivan

Dr Lance O'Sullivan is passionate about improving healthcare. And, as a general practitioner in Kaitaia, his vision to eradicate all poverty-related illnesses has made basic healthcare much more accessible to Northland people.

In late 2012, he and his wife Tracy set up a low cost health clinic named Te Kohanga Whakaora ("The Nest of Wellness") at Kaitaia Hospital. The clinic turned traditional medical models on its head by giving the community a say in how it is run. For example, the clinic stays open late and offers flexible forms of payment and walk-in appointments.

Lance has also been instrumental in establishing several programmes aimed at improving child health. The Manawa Ora Korokoro Ora (Moko) programme, based at Kaitaia Primary School is Northland's first full-time, school-based health clinic. It aims to give medical care to up to 2000 children at 14 primary and intermediate schools. His Kainga Ora ("Well Home") initiative fixes run-down homes in the community advancing the concept that wellness begins in warm safe homes and not endlessly writing out prescriptions for illness.

With a door to door approach, Lance's unyielding compassion means that he and his supporters will not rest until every child in the community lives in a healthy environment. He is also involved in many other regional and national health events. This includes helping promote the Pharmac One Heart Many Lives programme and the more recent drive to eradicate rheumatic fever in Northland.

Bob Kerridge

For more than 30 years, Bob has been dedicating his life to promoting animal welfare in New Zealand primarily through his role as Executive Director of the Auckland RSPCA.

A successful businessman, Bob first joined the SPCA in 1984 after he made a promise to himself to dedicate at least half his life to charitable endeavours. His business experience proved invaluable in modernising the SPCA's operations with an aim towards increasing efficiency, transparency and accountability.

Bob's ability to connect people and organisations has helped the SPCA lead a number of initiatives that have put animal welfare on the public agenda and improved the lives of tens of thousands of animals.

In 1990, he founded the New Zealand Companion Animal Council and was instrumental in getting parliament to pass legislation in 2006 making it compulsory for owners to micro-chip their dogs.

Bob also spearheads the 'Saving Lives Initiative' - which seeks to reduce euthanasia rates at SPCA centres with the goal of New Zealand being the world's first "No Kill Nation". The campaign also places renewed emphasis on coping with animals' health or behavioural problems and preparing them for adoption.

The most telling contribution of the Saving Lives initiative so far has been the SPCA's partnership with Animates, where the SPCA offer kittens for rehoming at 17 Animates stores throughout Auckland. So far more than 4,000 kittens have been rehomed. Bob's passion, leadership and drive have inspired thousands of Kiwis to take up the animal welfare cause. In 2005, he was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to animal welfare.

Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw is among the finest captains in All Blacks history and his passionate Kiwi spirit has made him one of New Zealand's most beloved sporting figures.

During his rugby career, his teams have achieved great successes. Canterbury has won the domestic rugby competition six times and the Crusaders have reached the Super Rugby semi-finals eleven times winning six of these.

Since making his All Blacks Test debut in 2001, the All Blacks have won nine Tri Nations titles, completed three successful Grand Slam tours and won the Bledisloe Cup eleven times. He is the most capped All Black of all time and is also the most successful Test captain.

But Richie's greatest success on the turf was overcoming a debilitating foot injury and captaining the All Blacks to a famous World Cup win in 2011. Off the field Richie devotes much of his time to helping other Kiwis. Whether it's visiting kids in schools and hospitals or fundraising for the Christchurch rebuild or Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand,

Richie has invested countless hours of his time to help a good cause. As patron of the Catwalk Spinal Cord Industry, Richie helped raise $200,000 towards the development of a cure for spinal cord injury.

Richie is hugely respected in New Zealand and around the world, not only as one of the finest ever rugby players but also as a fine, upstanding New Zealander.

Catriona Williams

As founder and a trustee of The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust, Catriona Williams is pushing the boundaries of research to enable spinal cord injury sufferers to walk again.

Catriona's story is truly inspirational. A champion equestrian rider, she had reached the pinnacle of the show jumping and three-day event world. She had represented New Zealand at Badminton and the Open European Championships but a devastating horse-riding accident in November 2002 cut short her career, leaving her a C6/C7 tetraplegic.

What began as a collection of friends and colleagues raising funds for her recovery, Catriona opted instead to pursue a new dream: finding a cure for spinal cord injuries for all sufferers. That journey led to the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust being established in 2005.

Catriona is a true visionary. She's brought together an outstanding group of trustees, staff, volunteers, patrons and sponsors committed to the Trust's aims. Under her leadership, it has already raised in excess of $2 million for spinal cord injury research with Catriona innovative ideas on fundraising being particularly successful.

In November 2010, she completed the New York Marathon on a specially-designed handcycle raising $330,000. Earlier this year, she and three other handcyclists successfully completed The Big Cycle expedition through the Himalayas - 28 days, 10 mountains and a trip to Mt Everest Base Camp. Catriona and the Big Cycle team raised an incredible $600,000 for their efforts.

With one New Zealander suffering a debilitating spinal cord injury every five days, Catriona dedicates her life talking to those who are embarking on a new life confined to a wheelchair and offers them hope and encouragement. She's an inspiration to all New Zealanders.

Vi Cottrell

Vi Cottrell has been the driving force behind one of New Zealand's most successful not-for-profit organisations, Trade Aid. It is New Zealand's largest retailer of ethically produced goods from developing countries.

After a humanitarian trip to help Tibetan refugees in the late 1960's, Vi and her husband Richard were inspired by the concept of fair-trade. A business model based on fair trade practices that gives small producers in developing countries fair prices for their products.

Cottrell returned from Tibet with $1000 worth of locally made carpet which she managed to sell so quickly it motivated her to establish Trade Aid Importers.

In the early 1970's, she established Trade Aid in New Zealand which has since grown to over 30 retail stores nationwide displaying close to 3,000 products.

Thanks to Trade Aid, Kiwis have embraced the fair-trade philosophy with more fair-trade products being sold per capita than anywhere else in the world, $19 million in 2012.

Kiwis are lining up to help out the Trade Aid cause with over 800 volunteers nationwide and the organisation now works with over 75 producer partners throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Mai Chen

Mai Chen is one of New Zealand most highly regarded public lawyers.

She's most well-known for the law firm she started in 2006 with former Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, Chan and Palmer. It's the top public law firm in the country - winning best public law firm at the New Zealand Law Awards five times in a row from 2007-2011.

Mai is also currently Professor (Adjunct) in Commercial and Public Law at the University of Auckland Business School.

Mai's story of drive and determination is what stands her out as a shining example of what can be achieved when you put your mind to it. She's someone that is unwavering in her pursuit of her goals and she's passionate about making New Zealand a better country to live in. It's those traits that have led her to take on the big public law issues in New Zealand without fear or favour.

Mai's also held a number of senior leadership roles at organisations including: the Securities Commission; the New Zealand Board of Trade and Enterprise's Beachheads Programme; the Asia New Zealand Foundation; and the Advisory Board of New Zealand Global Women, which she helped establish and then serve as its inaugural Chairperson. Mai also sits on the New Zealand Law Society Public and Administrative Law Committee.

In every post she's held, Mai has performed with distinction. She was awarded Next Magazine's Business Woman of the Year in 2011,is a World's Best New Zealander in the Kiwi Expatriates Network and has been named as one of New Zealand's leading Public Lawyers in ALB Magazine, Legal 500, Asia Pacific Law Directory and the Chambers International Law Directory.

In 2009 and 2010, Mai was featured in Unlimited magazine's top Influencers List. Mai has written "Public Law Toolbox" which was published by Lexis Nexus in March 2012.

Mai has published about 100 articles and conference papers and contributed to 7 books and major reports, mainly in the public law area.

Dame Dr Iritana Tawhiwhirangi

Dame Dr Iritana Tawhiwhirangi has dedicated her life towards promoting Maori community and culture. She is extremely well regarded for her work on whanau development and revitalising the use of Maori language in New Zealand.

A teacher of primary school children for a quarter of a century, Tawhiwhirangi's philosophy is to lead from the front in encouraging Maori to express pride in their culture and language. She's carried out that philosophy through a number of senior leadership posts she's held at organisations such as Te Puni Kokori, Te Pataka Ohanga, the Maori Education Trust, and finally as trustee of the Kohanga Reo trust. 

Tawhiwhirangi was one of the leaders of the Kohanga Reo movement since the early 1980's. Set up to make Te Reo a more mainstream option for the dwindling number of fluent speakers, Dame Iritana championed early childhood immersion learning as pivotal to its revival. It is estimated that 10,000 children receive Maori language education across 500 preschools. Her work in Maori development though has also gained international recognition.

In 2003, she was invited to deliver the keynote address at the United Nations First Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Her significance in the revitalisation of Maori Language was also acknowledged when she was made a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001, and again in 2009 when she was made a Dame.

Through her work as an advocate for Maori cultural development Dame Iritana has carved out avenues and opportunities for Maori where they hadn't existed before.

Dame Iritana is a lifetime member of the Maori Women's Welfare League and Maori Education Trust.

Bob Parker

For decades, Bob Parker was well known for his role in television broadcasting.

He was the public face of much loved shows like This is Your Life and the annual Telethon appeals but it's his leadership of Christchurch during its darkest hour that will live long as his legacy.

Bob was elected Mayor of Banks Peninsular in 2001 and served two terms until amalgamation with Christchurch in 2006 (when he became a city councillor).

In 2007, he successfully contested the Christchurch mayoralty; and he was re-elected in 2010. As Mayor of Christchurch, Bob played an immense role in rallying the city in the hours, days, weeks and months following the February earthquake. He was the public face of a city confronted with catastrophe on a scale faced by no other big New Zealand city before. His calm and authoritative presence in the midst of disaster was crucial in helping the city get through a period of deep uncertainty.

In the immediate aftermath, fears that the Christchurch's economy would plummet and that there would be an exodus of residents were widespread. The fact that neither happened and that Christchurch has been able to move on from emergency to recovery owed much to Bob's leadership at the time.

Frances Denz

Frances Denz has dedicated her life to improving the lives of others.

Whether it's the world of business, education, women's rights or fighting for social justice, Frances' impact on New Zealand is undeniable.

Frances has spent forty years developing innovative teaching practices and learning experiences for those that many would have considered 'unteachable', and has given thousands of people the skills and confidence to start their own businesses or find gainful employment. In all instances, she's been the inspiration and the source of hope for her students, who have ranged from the most traumatised to those with a history of drug dependency, from refugees to those who are disabled. As executive director of Stellaris - an NZQA-registered training provider, ACC rehabilitation provider and provider of business mentoring for Te Puni Kokiri - Frances has been instrumental in establishing more than 4,000 businesses since 1986.

She's also been a trustee of Disabled Distributors and national manager of Ready Willing and Able, which provides business start-up training to people with disabilities.

Frances was the founding Chairperson from 1992-1995 of the Women's Loan Fund Trust and is also an accomplished writer.

She's published 13 works in total including Women at the Top for aspiring women directors and Able to Do Business, a business guide for people with disabilities.

Earlier this year she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business, and in October was awarded the prestigious Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award by the Minister of Tertiary Education.

Barry Lucinsky

Barry Lucinsky's passion for the environment has been a constant throughout his life.

The 80-year-old from Te Horo has made a name for himself as an innovator, business leader and visionary.

Whatever the pursuit, his passion for the environment has always been to the fore and in the 1970's he was awarded an Energy and Conservation Award for an innovative roading basecoat he made from waste material.

His role in single-handedly breathing life back into Keep New Zealand Beautiful is one of his greatest accomplishments. At the time of his appointment as Chairperson in 2000, Keep New Zealand Beautiful was struggling to keep its membership base and was facing the very real prospect of disbanding the organisation all together. Barry set about turning the organisation around, initially funding it himself and then working as its sole employee. His efforts increased the organisation's corporate support base from one to more than 35 and attracting record attendance at the annual Clean Up New Zealand week. Keep New Zealand Beautiful now enjoys more support and profile than ever before.

After 'retiring' in 2006 Barry has continued to push for environmental sustainability. He owns and operates Silaca Glass Crushers Ltd, which has developed an innovative approach to crush and re-cycle glass, thereby avoiding having it dumped into landfills. Originally set up in the Otaki in 2008, the concept has since been exported to other stations in New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands. Earlier this year Silaca Glass was awarded the Clean Technology Trusts', "Most Promising Clean Technology Award" at the Electra Business Awards.

Acts of kindness get communities through tough times

17 December 2013

The Kiwi spirit of helping one another out is as strong as it's ever been. And according to Glyn Taylor, Manager of the 2014 Kiwibank Local Hero Awards, it's that selflessness and charity that's been helping local communities get through some exceptionally difficult times.

Mr Taylor has been travelling throughout New Zealand hosting special medal presentation ceremonies as part of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards. This year, 113 New Zealanders were presented with Local Hero medals in front of their friends, family and those whose lives they'd touched in the community. "I've seen first-hand just how important these people are to their communities.  And you can't escape the overwhelming sense of gratitude these communities have for their local heroes.

"Their acts of kindness and selflessness help communities deal with the uncertainty brought about through high unemployment, rising costs of living, or even the earthquake recovery.  This proves that Kiwis have responded to the difficulties of the last five years by helping each other.

"Whether it's the Coast Guard volunteer, the dance instructor, or the teacher who went the extra mile to help a family settle their child - all of these people are real human beings displaying real acts of kindness. These kinds of people are the pillars of our community.  They make New Zealand a much better place to live," he said.

As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.  Each year, people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others.  They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity.

An overall 'New Zealand's Local Hero' will be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.

Waikato’s Local Heroes the toast of the town

10 December 2013

Residents of Waikato got the opportunity to honour their 'local heroes' at a special award ceremony held last night in the Chartwell Room at Hamilton Gardens.  As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the 12 winners of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.

MPs' Tim Macindoe, Scott Simpson and Hamilton City Councillor, Rob Pascoe, were on hand to present the medals and congratulate the recipients on their awards.  "These fine people embody the qualities that have long held our community together.  Their charity, selflessness and generosity have touched upon the lives of so many and make our community a better place to live.  That's why we stand with them tonight and honour them as Hamilton's very own local heroes," Mr Pascoe said.

The recipients of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Waikato were: Cat O'Brien, Clare Harding, Geoff Brown,Jenevere Foreman, Kim Bredenbeck, Raquel Martin, Raywn Antonovich, Trisha Corin, Wally Hawken, Cath Oldfield, Michelle Harris and Rebekah Garner.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.  Each year, people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others.  They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity. This year, some 115 medals were presented nationwide with one national Local Heroes winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.

Kiwibank CEO, Paul Brock, said that Kiwibank was proud to be supporting local communities celebrate their outstanding citizens over the past five years.  "New Zealand has a long standing tradition of community service. It's therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Heroes awards, where we can give our thanks to those who have improved the lives of others in their communities."

The national winner of the Kiwibank Local Heroes Award will be selected from three finalists, who will also attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards.  In December, the judging panel - comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts - will decide the 10 Local Heroes semi-finalists with the three finalists to be announced in the New Year.

Aucklanders honour their Local Heroes

3 December 2013

Residents of Auckland got the opportunity to honour their 'local heroes' at a special award ceremony held last night at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland.  As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the 31 winners of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.

Mangere MP Su'a William Sio and Auckland Councillors Christine Fletcher, Alf Filipaina, Denise Krum and Cameron Brewer were on hand to present the medals and congratulate the recipients on their awards.  "These fine people embody the qualities that have long held our community together.  Their charity, selflessness and generosity have touched upon the lives of so many and make our community a better place to live.  That's why we stand with them tonight and honour them as Auckland's very own local heroes," Mr Brewer said.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.  Each year, people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others.  They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity.

This year, some 115 medals will be presented nationwide over the next few weeks with one national Local Heroes winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.

Kiwibank CEO, Paul Brock, said that Kiwibank was proud to be supporting local communities celebrate their outstanding citizens over the past five years.  "New Zealand has a long standing tradition of community service.  It's therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Heroes awards, where we can give our thanks to those who have improved the lives of others in their communities."

The national winner of the Kiwibank Local Heroes Award will be selected from three finalists, who will also attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards.  In December, the judging panel - comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts - will decide the 10 Local Heroes semi-finalists with the three finalists to be announced in the New Year.
 
The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014 is presented in six award categories with one overall winner for each.  The six Award categories are:

  • The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.
  • The Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year.
  • The Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year.
  • The Mitre 10 Community of the Year.
  • The Sanitarium Innovator of the Year.
  • The Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards.
Otago and Southland residents honour their Local Heroes

Residents of Otago and Southland got the opportunity to honour their 'local heroes' at a special award ceremony held last night at the ODT Gallery in Dunedin.  As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the seven winners of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.

Dunedin List MP Hon Michael Woodhouse and City Councillor, Neville Peat, were on hand to present the medals and congratulate the recipients on their awards. "These fine people embody the qualities that have long held our communities together.  Their charity, selflessness and generosity have touched the lives of so many and make our community a better place to live.  That's why we salute them tonight and honour them as our local heroes," Mr Peat said.

The recipients of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Otago Southland were: Tony Smith, Celia Sullivan-Grant, Derek Welsh, Laurie Officer, Margarette Sutton, Marie Richards, and Rachel Ferguson.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.  Each year, people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others.  They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity.

This year, some 115 medals will be presented nationwide over the next few weeks with one national Local Heroes winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.

Kiwibank CEO, Paul Brock, said that Kiwibank was proud to be supporting local communities celebrate their outstanding citizens over the past five years. "New Zealand has a long standing tradition of community service. It's therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Heroes awards, where we can give our thanks to those who have improved the lives of others in their communities."

The national winner of the Kiwibank Local Heroes Award will be selected from three finalists, who will also attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards.  In December, the judging panel - comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts - will decide the 10 Local Heroes semi-finalists with the three finalists to be announced in the New Year.

Canterbury Local Heroes Acknowledged

28 November 2013

Residents of Christchurch got the opportunity to honour their 'local heroes' at a special award ceremony held last night at Addington Racecourse's Legends Lounge in Christchurch. As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the 16 winners of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.

Christchurch MP Hon Ruth Dyson and Christchurch City Councillor, Paul Lonsdale, were on hand to present the medals and congratulate the recipients on their awards. "These fine people embody the qualities that have long held our community together.  Their charity, selflessness and generosity have touched upon the lives of so many and make our community a better place to live.  That's why we stand with them tonight and honour them as Christchurch's very own local heroes," Mr Lonsdale said.

The recipients of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Christchurch were: Ali Hughes, Anna Midgley, Elissa Smith, Emma Twaddell, Flatman, Kelly Dugan, Kevin Anthony Greene, Luke Di Somma, Lynda Butterfield, Michael Davies, Michael Peach, Nicola Hockley, Pauline Walker, Sara Sterne, Susan Robinson, and Tony Lister.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.  Each year, people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others.  They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity.

This year, some 115 medals will be presented nationwide over the next few weeks with one national Local Heroes winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.

Kiwibank CEO, Paul Brock, said that Kiwibank was proud to be supporting local communities celebrate their outstanding citizens over the past five years.  "New Zealand has a long standing tradition of community service. It's therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Heroes awards, where we can give our thanks to those who have improved the lives of others in their communities."

The national winner of the Kiwibank Local Heroes Award will be selected from three finalists, who will also attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards.  In December, the judging panel - comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts - will decide the 10 Local Heroes semi-finalists with the three finalists to be announced in the New Year.

Nelson-Marlborough Local Heroes Medal Ceremony

27 November 2013

Residents of Nelson got the opportunity to honour their 'local heroes' at a special award ceremony held last night at Petite Fleur in Nelson.  As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the nine winners of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne was on hand to present the medals and congratulate the recipients on their awards. "This is a marvelous group of people who make a significant effort in many aspects of our
society.  Their generosity has had such a positive impact and help to make our communities a better place to live.  I'm very pleased to be here tonight and have the opportunity to celebrate our local heroes."

The recipients of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Nelson were: James Risner, Cheryl Thompson and Lyn Caughey, Clara Van Wel, Sharon Smith, Tony Cronin, Dr Paul Holt, Mark Bolland, Tom Clarkson, and Derek Welsh.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.  Each year, people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others.  They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged
or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity.

This year, some 115 medals will be presented nationwide over the next few weeks with one national Local Heroes winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.

Kiwibank CEO, Paul Brock, said that Kiwibank was proud to be supporting local communities celebrate their outstanding citizens over the past five years. "New Zealand has a long standing tradition of community service.  It's therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Heroes awards, where we can give our thanks to those who have improved
the lives of others in their communities."

The national winner of the Kiwibank Local Heroes Award will be selected from three finalists, who will also attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards.  In December, the judging panel - comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts - will decide the 10 Local Heroes semi-finalists with the three finalists to be announced in the New Year.

Wellington's Mayor acknowledges Local Heroes

26 November 2013

Residents of Wellington got the opportunity to honour their 'local heroes' at a special award ceremony held last night at Kiwibank's Wellington offices.  As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the 15 winners of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown was on hand to present the medals and congratulate the recipients on their awards. "These recipients embody the qualities that make for strong, healthy communities.  Their generosity and efforts make our city a better place to live and improve the lives of many.  They are Wellington's very own local heroes." 

The recipients of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Wellington were: Annie Coates, David Vincent Wheeler, Eileen Mueller, Geoff Henry, Jessica Marie Setu, Julia Milne, Juping Zhou, Kristine Barlett, Rev Charles Noanoa, Roy Opie, Simon Park, Tim Davies-Colley, Nigel Boniface, and Katrina Mitchell-Kouttab.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.  Each year, people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others.  They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity.

This year, some 115 medals will be presented nationwide over the next few weeks with one national Local Heroes winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.

Kiwibank CEO, Paul Brock, said that Kiwibank was proud to be supporting local communities celebrate their outstanding citizens over the past five years. "New Zealand has a long standing tradition of community service. It's therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Heroes awards, where we can give our thanks to those who have improved the lives of others in their communities."

The national winner of the Kiwibank Local Heroes Award will be selected from three finalists, who will also attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards.  In December, the judging panel - comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts - will decide the 10 Local Heroes semi-finalists with the three finalists to be announced in the New Year.

Hawkes Bay and Poverty Bay's Local Heroes the toast of the town

22 November 2013

Residents of Hawke's Bay and Poverty Bay got the opportunity to honour their 'local heroes' at a special award ceremony held last night at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre.  As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the two winners of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.

Napier's Deputy Mayor Faye White was on hand to congratulate the recipients on their awards. "These fine people embody the qualities that have long held our community together.  Their charity, selflessness and generosity have touched upon the lives of so many and make our community a better place to live.  That's why we stand with them tonight and honour them as Hawke's Bay's very own local hero."

The recipients of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Hawke's Bay and Poverty Bay were Andrew James Shortcliffe and Dale Smith.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.  Each year, people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others.  They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity.

This year, some 115 medals will be presented nationwide over the next few weeks with one national Local Heroes winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.

Kiwibank CEO, Paul Brock, said that Kiwibank was proud to be supporting local communities celebrate their outstanding citizens over the past five years. "New Zealand has a long standing tradition of community service. It's therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Heroes awards, where we can give our thanks to those who have improved the lives of others in their communities."

The national winner of the Kiwibank Local Heroes Award will be selected from three finalists, who will also attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards.  In December, the judging panel - comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts - will decide the 10 Local Heroes semi-finalists with the three finalists to be announced in the New Year.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014 is presented in six award categories with one overall winner for each.  The six Award categories are:

  • The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. 
  • The Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year. 
  • The Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year. 
  • The Mitre 10 Community of the Year. 
  • The Sanitarium Innovator of the Year. 
  • The Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards.
Manawatu's Local Heroes Recognised

Residents of Manawatu got the opportunity to honour their 'local heroes' at a special award ceremony held last night at Caccia Birch House in Palmerston North.  As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the six winners of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.

Mayor Jono Taylor was on hand to present the medals and congratulate the recipients on their awards. "These fine people embody the qualities that have long held our community together. Their charity, selflessness and generosity have touched upon the lives of so many and make our community a better place to live.  That's why we stand with them tonight and honour them as Manawatu's very own local heroes."

The recipients of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Manawatu were: Albert Dodunski, Janice Lynne Byford, Kevin Hill, Marjorie Doole, the Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation and Rebecca Culver.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.  Each year, people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others.  They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups,  education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity.

This year, some 115 medals will be presented nationwide over the next few weeks with one national Local Heroes winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.

Kiwibank CEO, Paul Brock, said that Kiwibank was proud to be supporting local communities celebrate their outstanding citizens over the past five years. "New Zealand has a long standing tradition of community service.  It's therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Heroes awards, where we can give our thanks to those who have improved the lives of others in their communities."

The national winner of the Kiwibank Local Heroes Award will be selected from three finalists, who will also attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards. In December, the judging panel - comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts - will decide the 10 Local Heroes semi-finalists with the three finalists to be announced in the New Year.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014 is presented in six award categories with one overall winner for each.  The six Award categories are:

  • The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. 
  • The Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year. 
  • The Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year. 
  • The Mitre 10 Community of the Year. 
  • The Sanitarium Innovator of the Year. 
  • The Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards.

 

Congratulations to Taranaki's Local Heroes

Residents of Taranaki got the opportunity to honour their 'local heroes' at a special award ceremony held last night at the Devon Hotel in New Plymouth.  As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the seven winners of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.

Mayor Andrew Judd was on hand to present the medals and congratulate the recipients on their awards. "These fine people embody the qualities that have long held our community together.  Their charity, selflessness and generosity have touched upon the lives of so many and make our community a better place to live.  That's why we stand with them tonight and honour them as Taranaki's very own local heroes." 

The recipients of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Taranaki were: Alex Matheson, Dale Whittaker, David Lean, Gordon Frank Lowry, Mary Bernet, Pat Parsons and Richard Handley.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community.  Each year,
people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others.  They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity.

This year, some 115 medals will be presented nationwide over the next few weeks with one national Local Heroes winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.

Kiwibank CEO, Paul Brock, said that Kiwibank was proud to be supporting local communities celebrate their outstanding citizens over the past five years. "New Zealand has a long standing tradition of community service. 
It's therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Heroes awards, where we can give our thanks to those who have improved the lives of others in their communities."

The national winner of the Kiwibank Local Heroes Award will be selected from three finalists, who will also attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards.  In December, the judging panel - comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts - will decide the 10 Local Heroes semi-finalists with the three finalists to be announced in the New Year.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014 is presented in six award categories with one overall winner for each.  The six Award
categories are:

  • The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. 
  • The Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year. 
  • The Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year. 
  • The Mitre 10 Community of the Year. 
  • The Sanitarium Innovator of the Year. 
  • The Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards.
Bay of Plenty’s Local Heroes the toast of the town

19 November 2013

Residents of Bay of Plenty got the opportunity to honour their 'local heroes' at a special award ceremony held last night at the Historic Village in Tauranga.  As part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014, the 10 winners of the Kiwibank Local Heroes category were presented with specially made medals to officially recognise their achievements.

Mayor Stuart Crosby was on hand to present the medals and congratulate the recipients on their awards. 
"These fine people embody the qualities that have long held our community together. Their charity, selflessness and generosity have touched upon the lives of so many and make our community a better place to live. That's why we stand with them tonight and honour them as Bay of Plenty's very own local heroes."

The recipients of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Bay of Plenty were: Graeme Watt, Constable Dean O'Connor, Ian Greaves, Liza Schneider, Shona Hammond Boys, Trish and Alan Silvester, David Harold Douglas Owen, Ron Moles, Ian McLean (Rotorua) and Westbrook Primary School Teachers (Rotorua).

Now in its fifth year, the annual Kiwibank Local Hero awards are the ultimate recognition for good deeds in the community. Each year, people in the community can nominate anyone they think has made a powerful impact on the lives of others. They may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity.

This year, some 115 medals will be presented nationwide over the next few weeks with one national Local Heroes winner to be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year.
 
Kiwibank CEO, Paul Brock, said that Kiwibank was proud to be supporting local communities celebrate their outstanding citizens over the past five years.  "New Zealand has a long standing tradition of community service.  It's therefore equally important that we have a tradition, like the Local Heroes awards, where we can give our thanks to those who have improved the lives of others in their communities."

The national winner of the Kiwibank Local Heroes Award will be selected from three finalists, who will also attend the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards.  In December, the judging panel comprising representatives of all the awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and indepedent experts - will decide the 10 Local Heroes semi-finalists with the three finalists to be announced in the New Year.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014 is presented in six award categories with one overall winner for each.  The six Award categories are:

  • The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.
  • The Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year.
  • The Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year.
  • The Mitre 10 Community of the Year.
  • The Sanitarium Innovator of the Year.
  • The Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards.

 

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Judges in for a busy time!

2 October 2013

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Judges in for a busy time!

"Now that nominations for the 2014 Awards have closed,"  National Awards Manager, Glyn Taylor said "our attention is now focused on the  udging phase and there is no doubt that given the outstanding number of high calibre nominations, the judges face a significant challenge to find the winners." 

Nominations for the each of the six Awards Categories of the 2014 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards opened in June and once  again nominations represent a diversity of Kiwi ingenuity and endeavour. "We invited people to share their stories of inspirational Kiwis and that is exactly what they have done" said Taylor "In the last week or so there has been serious support for Team NZ which, given that the events in San Francisco brought the nation together in such a dramatic way, is not surprising if not a little unique for our Awards. Those events aside, we are excited and very happy with the high quality of nominations received and extend a huge thank you to those who have taken the time to complete the nomination process"

Judging will be completed by independent judging panels and will commence over the next two weeks with the first winners of the Kiwibank  Local Heroes being announced at 9 regional presentation ceremonies commencing in Tauranga on November 18. 

New Zealanders were invited to nominate an individual or a community organisation in one or more of the following six categories:- 

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year
Honouring the inspirational achievements of a remarkable person

Sanitarium Innovator of the Year
Recognising the individuals whose discovery, research or inventions are driving our country forward.

Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year
Recognising over 60s making a positive contribution to the nation

Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year
Role models aged between 15 and 30 who are inspiring young New Zealanders

Mitre 10 Community of the Year
Acknowledging groups and organisations working together to build better communities

Kiwibank Local Heroes
Rewarding everyday people doing extraordinary things in their communities. Up to 250 Kiwibank local Hero medals will be awarded in up to 9 regions in November and December. One national winner will be celebrated at the gala Awards dinner.

For information or assistance in submitting a nomination:
Call toll free: 0508 692 927
Email: info@nzawards.org.nz
www.nzawards.org.nz

New team at helm

5 August 2013

Glyn Taylor, National Awards Manager and Anna Kensington, Marketing and Communications Coordinator have joined the New Zealander of the Year Awards to lead the delivery of the 2014 campaign which will culminate in a gala function at The Langham Hotel, Auckland on February 26, 2014.

Taylor said "with the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards entering its fifth year, we are excited to be a part of such a prestigious event and to be able to continue to facilitate the recognition of so many great and inspirational Kiwis is an honour."

With nominations for each of the six categories open, this is an important phase of our campaign and we want to encourage New Zealanders to take time to tell us about the people that lead and inspire them. "This is a chance to give everyday kiwis an opportunity to consider who inspires and motivates them in their community and to nominate them for an award."

For information or assistance in submitting a nomination:

Call toll free: 0508 692 927  Email: info@nzawards.org.nz

 

New Zealander of the Year Awards Celebrates Volunteers

17 June 2013

Volunteers being celebrated this week

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew today called on New Zealanders to take part in a New Zealand celebration of volunteering and civic participation - National Volunteer Week, Te Wiki Taao a Motu.

This year National Volunteer Week is 16-22 June and the theme is "He tangata, He tangata, He tangata!" which emphasises that volunteering is all about people.

"New Zealanders are among the best volunteers in the world with nearly a third of New Zealanders volunteering collectively about 270 million hours every year," Mrs Goodhew says.

"These people play a vital role in building stronger communities, bringing diversity, personality, history and experiences to their role," the Minister says.

The week celebrates and recognises the value volunteers offer to society but too often recognition is not given publically.  This is something the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award seeks to redress.

The Awards acknowledge the work of volunteers and communities who make a real difference to New Zealand. Particularly with the Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards.  Rewarding everyday people doing extraordinary things in their communities, up to 250 Kiwibank local Hero medals will be awarded in up to 15 regions in November and December.  One national winner will be celebrated at the gala Awards dinner and receive $5000 from Kiwibank..

Each year over 700 individuals and communities are nominated in the Award programme. 700 people and organisations making a difference and most voluntarily.

So this National Volunteer Week, Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year urges you to nominate a volunteer for the awards so that we can all be inspired and the volunteer can be rewarded with one of New Zealand's most prestigious awards.

Nominations opened this week for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014.   Awarded for outstanding service, achievement and contribution to the nation, the awards celebrate excellence in New Zealand and gives every Kiwi the opportunity to identify an individual or community group who inspires them.  Each overall winner receives a trophy and $5000 from Kiwibank.

New Zealanders can nominate an individual or a community organisation in one or more of the following six categories:-

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year - Honouring the inspirational achievements of a remarkable person

Sanitarium Innovator of the Year -  Recognising the individuals whose discovery, research or inventions are driving our country forward.

Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year - Recognising over 60s making a positive contribution to the nation

Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year -  Role models aged between 15 and 30 who are inspiring young New Zealanders

Mitre 10 Community of the Year -  Acknowledging groups and organisations working together to build better communities

Kiwibank Local Heroes - Rewarding everyday people doing extraordinary things in their communities, up to 250 Kiwibank local Hero medals will be awarded in up to 15 regions in November and December . One national winner will be celebrated at the gala Awards dinner.

Nominations are open until Monday 30th September. 

Nomination forms are available online at www.nzawards.org.nz or from Kiwibank and Mitre 10 stores.  Any NZ citizen 15 years of age and over can be nominated in one or more of the six award categories. The winners will be revealed at the gala National Awards dinner in February 2014.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards are proudly supported by media partners, Newstalk ZB and TV3.

For information or assistance in submitting a nomination:

Call toll free: 0508 692 927
Email: info@nzawards.org.nz
www.nzawards.org.nz

 


 

Nominations closing for Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards

2 September 2013

Nominations close on September 30, 2013 for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2014.

Over the past 5 years the Awards have become one of New Zealand's most prestigious.  Their difference is that they are driven by nominations by any New Zealander and so they really are the "People's Awards".

But the question is, "How often do we not do something because we thought somebody else might do it only to find out later that they didn't?".

We're asking New Zealanders to take a few minutes now to visit www.nzawards.org.nz and complete the online registration form and tell us about the Kiwis that have influenced or inspired them......they deserve the recognition.

"This is an important phase of our campaign and we want to encourage New Zealanders to take time to tell us about the people that lead and inspire them." says National Awards Manger Glyn Taylor.

Nominations are already ahead of last year but so many New Zealanders who should be nominated have not been.  It's up to New Zealanders to recognise who are the Kiwibank New Zealanders of the Year.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards award outstanding service, achievement and contribution to the nation. They celebrate excellence in New Zealand and give every Kiwi the opportunity to identify an individual or community group who inspires them.  Each overall winner receives a trophy and $5000 from Kiwibank.

New Zealanders can nominate an individual or a community organisation in one or more of the following six categories.

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year - Honouring the inspirational achievements of a remarkable person

Sanitarium Innovator of the Year - Recognising the individuals whose  discovery, research or inventions are driving our country forward.

Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year - Recognising over 60s making a positive contribution to the nation

Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year - Role models aged between 15 and 30 who are inspiring young New Zealanders

Mitre 10 Community of the Year - Acknowledging groups and organisations working together to build better communities

Kiwibank Local Heroes - Rewarding everyday people doing extraordinary things in their communities. Up to 250 Kiwibank local Hero medals will be awarded in up to 15 regions in November and December. One national winner will be celebrated at the gala Awards dinner.

Nominations are open until Monday 30th September.  Nomination forms are available online at www.nzawards.org.nz or from Kiwibank and Mitre 10 stores.  Any NZ citizen 15 years of age and over can be nominated in one or more of the six award categories. The winners will be revealed at the gala National Awards dinner in February 2014.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards are proudly supported by media partners, Newstalk ZB and TV3.

Nominations for America’s Cup heroes for Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year

16 September 2013

Nominations close on September 30, 2013 for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2014.

With the success of Emirates Team New Zealand in the America's Cup final against Oracle so far, organisers of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year have seen interest in nominating Emirates Team New Zealand's members increase.

While Grant Dalton and Dean Barker have their supporters there have also been inquiries regarding nominating associated people such as radio commentator Peter Montgomery.

But without an official nomination these heroes and any other in our society may not get the recognition of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award.

Over the past 5 years  the Awards have become one of New Zealand's most prestigious.  Their difference is that they are driven by nominations by any New Zealander and so they really are the "People's Awards".

So the question is,  "Who will you nominate?".  Will it be Grant Dalton? Or will it be the local volunteer you've always wanted to thank and see rewarded.

The important point is that you must nominate by September 30, 2013 and it's as easy as spending 2 minutes on the website www.nzawards.org.nz. 

It's up to New Zealanders to recognise who are the Kiwibank New Zealanders of the Year.

New Innovation Category for 2014 Awards Programme - Nominations Now Open

17 June 2013
Nominations Now Open to Find Extraordinary New Zealanders
New Award for Innovation

Nominations are now open for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014.   Awarded for outstanding service, achievement and contribution to the nation, the awards celebrate excellence in New Zealand and gives every Kiwi the opportunity to identify an individual or community group who inspires them.  Each overall winner receives a trophy and $5000 from Kiwibank.

The Awards are now in their 5th year and have become one of New Zealand's most prestigious awards programmes with the Gala Dinner in February being one of the most illustrious on the social calendar.  Past recipients include Sir Ray Avery, the late Sir Paul Callaghan, Sir Richard Taylor and, currently Dame Anne Salmond.

The Awards also acknowledge the work of volunteers and communities who make a real difference to New Zealand.
 
To mark the 5th year of the Awards, organisers have announced a new category - The Sanitarium Innovator of the Year.  This award recognises individual Kiwis whose game changing discoveries, research or inventions are driving our country forward.

New Zealand has a long history of innovation whether in business, sport, medicine and this award  will seek those Innovators out and reward them.

The Innovator of the Year Award is supported by Sanitarium.  New Zealand General Manager Mr Pierre van Heerden says

"Innovation is the lifeblood of success in all our activities.  The individuals whose ideas change the way we live our lives for the better are often unknown by the wider public.  They deserve to be celebrated with this award.  Sanitarium is also built on innovation and we are proud to support this award.", says Mr van Heerden

New Zealanders can nominate an individual or a community organisation in one or more of the following six categories.

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year
Honouring the inspirational achievements of a remarkable person

Sanitarium Innovator of the Year
Recognising the individuals whose discovery, research or inventions are driving our country forward.

Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year
Recognising over 60s making a positive contribution to the nation

Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year
Role models aged between 15 and 30 who are inspiring young New Zealanders

Mitre 10 Community of the Year
Acknowledging groups and organisations working together to build better communities

Kiwibank Local Heroes
Rewarding everyday people doing extraordinary things in their communities. Up to 250 Kiwibank local Hero medals will be awarded in up to 15 regions in November and December . One national winner will be celebrated at the gala Awards dinner.

Nominations are open until Monday 30th September.  Nomination forms are available online at www.nzawards.org.nz or from Kiwibank and Mitre 10 stores.  Any NZ citizen 15 years of age and over can be nominated in one or more of the six award categories. The winners will be revealed at the gala National Awards dinner in February 2014.

Patron of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year, former Prime Minister Mr Jim Bolger says 

"These awards highlight the extraordinary work and service of New Zealanders from all walks of life.  From the humble volunteer to leaders in business, the arts and society in general.  Ideal candidates are New Zealanders who have stepped up to make their communities, New Zealand and the world at large a better place.  These Awards recognise, celebrate and,  most importantly, encourage Kiwis to make a difference

Notable Recent Winners

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2013. Dame Anne Salmond Author, academic and environmentalist, Dame Anne Salmond of Auckland has dedicated her academic career to documenting cultural exchanges in New Zealand to bring about a greater understanding of New Zealand's history and how we can develop a strong multicultural society for our future generations..

Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year 2013. Ian Grant Ian Grant has been a guru for many generations of young parents. In books, in media and in seminars he has dispensed valuable advice.  He established The Parenting Place helping to set parents up with tools to enable them to better raise and relate to their children. Now The Parenting Place has 72 staff around the country, offering a wide range of services such as community events, short courses, magazine, family coaching, workshops and high school programmes

Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year 2012. Sam Johnson After the first shocking Canterbury earthquake in September 2010, Sam rallied together thousands of students forming the Student Volunteer Army that then provided invaluable assistance after the devastating February quake in 2011.  He has gone on to be a strong voice of leadership for youth both here and around the world.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards are proudly supported by media partners, Newstalk ZB and TV3.

For information or assistance in submitting a nomination:

Call toll free: 0508 692 927
Email: info@nzawards.org.nz
www.nzawards.org.nz

Password System for Online Nominations

6 August 2013

Submitting an online nomination for the New Zealander of the Year Awards has just got easier.  Award nominators now have the ability to log back into their online nominations to amend the details, through the improved online nomination process.

Nominations can be made through the website www.nzawards.org.nz   Once nomination details have been entered users will be asked for a login and password.  This will allow users to save the information they have to hand and once they have further supporting documentation or photos they can go back and add this at a later stage.  Having the ability to edit or add to the nomination means that individuals can more easily manage the process.

New Zealanders can nominate an individual or a community organisation in one or more of the following six categories.

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Honouring the inspirational achievements of a remarkable person

Sanitarium Innovator of the Year Recognising the individuals whose discovery, research or inventions are driving our country forward.

Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year Recognising over 60s making a positive contribution to the nation.

Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year Role models aged between 15 and 30 who are inspiring young New Zealanders.

Mitre 10 Community of the Year Acknowledging groups and organisations working together to build better communities.

Kiwibank Local Heroes Rewarding everyday people doing extraordinary things in their communities, up to 250 Kiwibank local Hero medals will be awarded in up to 15 regions in November and December. One national winner will be celebrated at the gala Awards dinner.

Nominations are open until Monday 30th September.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards are proudly supported by media partners, Newstalk ZB and TV3.

For information or assistance in submitting a nomination:

Call toll free: 0508 692 927

Email: info@nzawards.org.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/newzealanderoftheyear    

Undeniable support for Dean

27 September 2013

Often our sporting loses lead to a mass calling for heads to roll amid bar room debates on what could have been or should have been done better by those in whom we had placed our undying faith to deliver victory.

But since Emirates Team New Zealand tied up 'Aotearoa' 30% of nominations received for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year awards have been for Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand.

"We are not surprised" said Awards manager Glyn Taylor, "Dean and Team NZ have galvanised the nation and, for the last couple of weeks we have lived every minute of the battle with Oracle. What we are seeing is an outpouring of support and national pride in what has been achieved."

Nominations for the 2014 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards close on Monday, September 30 and can be made on line at www.nzawards.org.nz.

For information or assistance in submitting a nomination:

Call toll free: 0508 692 927
Email: info@nzawards.org.nz
www.nzawards.org.nz

Who in your community provides a service that makes it a better place to be?

16 September 2013

National Awards Manager for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year awards, Glyn Taylor, talks about the challenge of encouraging nominations.

"It's really about getting people to recognise good things that people do and be proactive about those experiences" said Taylor.

For example, whilst sharing coffee with friends, I was asking about their association with a community group that over the years has been responsible for keeping 1000's of Kiwis and visitors to NZ safe on the water.

This organisation has a small number of paid employees but is managed by a committee who are all volunteers and deal with everything from fundraising to day to day operations.  Without their commitment a vital resource to the region just would not happen.

Yet with over 500 members no nomination had been received. "This is so typical, I have no doubt that there are many such organisations that exist throughout New Zealand. Their contribution is vital to many yet they seek no recognition and because they don't, we just accept what they do without to much thought."

Taylor said "we need to ensure that we take time to recognise and show our appreciation. That's what these awards are about, ensuring that the efforts of a few, are celebrated and rewarded by the many that benefit from them."

Nominations close on 30 September and can be made online.  Visit our website at www.nzawards.org.nz and nominate your local community group for the 2014 Mitre 10 Community of the Year award - they deserve it!

For information or assistance in submitting a nomination call toll free 0508 692 297 or email info@nzawards.org.nz