Congratulations Mike King: 2019 New Zealander of the Year

Mental Health advocate Mike is founder of the The Nutters Club & Key to Life Charitable Trust. On the I Am Hope tour, Mike delivered 70 talks to more than 20,000 school students across the country.


Celebrating 10 years of New Zealander of the Year

We're proud to be celebrating 10 years of the New Zealander of the Year Awards. These inspiring Kiwis are working hard to make New Zealand a better place for future generations. Here are some of the highlights from the last 10 years.


2018 New Zealander of the Year: Kristine Bartlett

Rest home caregiver Kristine Bartlett is a reluctant hero. She doesn’t like being the centre of attention, but found herself thrust into the limelight when her landmark court battle won pay rises for about 55,000 of the health sector’s lowest-paid workers.

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2017 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year: Hayden Smith

Founder of Sea Cleaners Trust, which has removed over 5.6 million litres of rubbish from the sea.

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2016 Young New Zealander of the Year finalist: Dr. Malvindar Singh-Bains

Neuroscientist Brain Health and Neurodegenerative Diseases advocate. Founder of Huntington's Disease Youth Organisation of New Zealand.

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2015 New Zealander of the Year finalist: Louise Nicholas

Louise is dedicated to preventing sexual violence & an advocate for promoting victims' rights.

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2014 New Zealander of the year finalist: Dr Lance O'Sullivan

Healthcare campaigner and founder of imoko digital diagnosis.

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2014 New Zealander of the Year finalist: Catriona Williams

Founder of CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust, which raised over $10 million for Spinal Cord Research.

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2013 New Zealander of the Year: Dame Anne Salmond

Anthropologist, Historian, Writer and Environmentalist. Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (2008) and Foreign Assosiate of the National Academy of Sciences (2009).

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2012 Young New Zealander of the Year: Sam Johnson

Community entrepreneur and founder of the Student Volunteer Army. Recruited over 32,000 primary school student volunteers.

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More about inspirational Kiwis

Learn more about the journey of previous Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year nominees and winners who’s achieved extraordinary things and made a positive difference to the lives of others.

Read more at nzawards.org.nz