Pure Kiwi Spirit
The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards are now in their 5th year and recognise the many outstanding Kiwis who really help to make this country great.
Kiwibank is proud to be the principal sponsor of the awards, as well as supporting two of the six categories – New Zealander of the Year and Local Heroes.
Nominations are open now - for criteria, more information and to nominate visit the New Zealander of the Year Awards website
Dame Anne Salmond is a distinguished scholar, writer and environmentalist. Through her books, she tries to bring a greater understanding of the Māori experience and how it shapes us as New Zealanders. She’s also a committed environmentalist who is passionate about bringing Kiwis together to build a better future for our country and our children.
Despite losing his sight at the age of 22, Jim Morunga has a powerful vision for his community. An inspiration for kāpo and disabled Māori, Jim has been instrumental in increasing the use of guide dogs in Māori and Pacific Island communities. He also coordinates the suicide prevention programme Kia Piki te Ora.