Most inspirational Kiwis to be recognised
Thirty four inspirational Kiwis and ten community groups from all across the country have been named as semi finalists in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2011 to be presented at a gala awards presentation at the Hyatt Regency Auckland on 2 February 2011.
The semi-finalists were selected from hundreds of New Zealanders nominated by leaders from politics, education, business and local communities, as well as by colleagues, friends and families of the nominees. All have been judged to be making extraordinary contributions to their local communities, the country, and often also to the world at large.
Entrepreneurs, scientists, climate change campaigners, philanthropists and volunteers all feature in the line up. They include a 78 year old nurse who for the last 30 years has run a rest home free of charge for the elderly in her community, a former soldier whose work with youth offenders has helped over 600 ‘in risk’ teens turn their lives around and a young scientist whose world leading research into toxic emissions will have environmental benefits across the globe.
The three finalists in each award category will be announced on Monday 13th December.
Categories and semi-finalist information as follows:
Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year
Awarded for major contribution to the nation, outstanding service to the country and inspiration through achievement.
Semi-finalists include: Catriona Williams of Masterton, Dr Kirsten Finucane of Central Auckland, Henare O’Keefe of Hastings, Judy Collins of Tauranga, Mark Inglis of Canterbury, Peri Drysdale of Canterbury, Professor Sir Paul Terence Callaghan of Wellington, Shirley Hazlewood of Kaponga in Taranaki, Stephen Boxer of Manukau and Tony Falkenstein of Central Auckland.
Countdown Senior New Zealander of the Year
Celebrating ongoing achievement, this category is for those aged 60 and over who have made a major difference to New Zealand.
The 10 semi-finalists include: Alison Neill of Fairlie in South Canterbury, Anna Smith of Otorohanga, John Heikell of Gisborne, Nan Owen of Otorohanga, Nona Aston of Gisborne, Rodger Beatson of Ahipara in Northland, Ros Rowe of Hastings, Roy Bartlett of Central Auckland, Shirley Hazlewood of Kaponga in Taranaki and Thilliar Varnakulasingham of Auckland.
Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year
15 to 30 year olds who are making a positive impact on the nation.
The semi-finalists include: Aaron Fleming of Hamilton, Carl Chenery of Central Auckland, Geoff Cooper of Central Auckland, Helena Nunn of Wellington, Jamie Fenton of New Plymouth, John Watt of Wellington, Roseanne Crawford-Hunt of Dargaville, Sam Johnson of Christchurch, Shaun Quincey of Auckland and Simon Matafai of Avondale in Auckland.
Mitre 10 Community of the Year
Acknowledges groups working together up and down the country to build stronger communities.
The 10 semi-finalists include: North Island- Aotea Family Support Group (Great Barrier Island), Eltham Community (Taranaki), Howick Community (Howick, Auckland), Napier Family Centre (Napier), StarJam Charitable Trust (Central Auckland) and Sunshine Service Bus (Gisborne)
South Island- Camp Quality NZ (Christchurch), Christchurch Charity Hospital (Christchurch), Project Lyttelton (Canterbury) and The Gibbston Community Association (Queenstown).
Kiwibank Local Heroes Award
Recognises everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities.
The semi-finalists include: Aaron Fleming of Hamilton, Alison Neill of Fairlie in South Canterbury, Billy Graham of Wellington, Dean Gifford of Wellington, Dorothy Burley of Hutt Valley, Henare O’Keefe of Hastings, Ian Rietveld of Central Otago, Ros Rowe of Hastings and Stephanie Harawira of West Auckland.
For more information about the awards and semi finalists, please contact:
National Awards Manager
021 070 3521
09 377 1794