The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards has six award categories and we sponsor two of them: the New Zealander of the Year Award and New Zealand Local Hero Award.
These remarkable New Zealanders have had an outstanding impact on their communities; boldly leading by example through an undeniably tough year. Their innovation, commitment, selflessness and vision reflect the best of Aotearoa.
Actress and te reo Māori me ngā tikanga advocate Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira has amassed an extraordinary body of work throughout her 40-year career as an actress and director, significantly raising the profile of the performing arts industry in New Zealand.
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.
Learn more about the journey of previous Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year nominees and winners who’ve achieved extraordinary things and made a positive difference to the lives of others.