Contenders for 2018 New Zealander of the Year released

The shortlist for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards has been released. 

The filmmaker was both humble and typically comedic in his acceptance speech from Los Angeles. Source: New Zealander of the year Awards

Chief Judge Cameron Bennett described the line-up as the voice of "conscience, courage and commitment".  

"They don’t just speak truth to power, they put their words into action and make a truly positive difference for all New Zealanders."

Kiwi director Taika Waititi was the 2017 New Zealander of the Year. 

The ten contenders are: 

• Philip Bagshaw 

"General surgeon Philip Bagshaw was instrumental in creating the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust, with doctors, nurses, dentists, health professionals and public-spirited people volunteering their time and expertise to provide hospital care for free."

• Kristine Bartlett 

More than 55,000 workers will benefit after worker Kristine Bartlett argued the case. Source: 1 NEWS

"Kristine Bartlett changed the lives of thousands of New Zealand women and low-paid workers by successfully securing equal pay legislation for caregivers in the aged-care sector."

• Grant Dalton 

The Team NZ boss is celebrating his Bermuda success with thousands of Kiwis in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

"A confident and accomplished leader, Grant inspired Team New Zealand to accomplish one of the world’s greatest sporting feats, uniting a diverse group of people to overcome enormous challenges and achieve a tremendous winning result."

• Lesley Elliott 

Lesley Elliott has been recognised for her anti-domestic violence campaigning at an investiture ceremony at Government House. Source: 1 NEWS

"Lesley Elliott drew on tragedy to establish and run the Sophie Elliott Foundation, named after her daughter who was murdered seven years ago."

• Heather Henare 

"The former chief executive of Women’s Refuge for 10 years, Heather’s dedication has been to supporting women, children and families safe from sexual and domestic violence."

Massey university's Dr Mike Joy says 'we've let our rivers go to the pack' and adult fish are dying. Source: Seven Sharp

• Dr Mike Joy 

"Environmental scientist Dr Mike Joy is a champion for New Zealand’s rivers and lakes, raising awareness about the poor state of some of the country’s waterways."

• Mike King 

Mr King spoke about the issue on TVNZ1's Q+A this morning. Source: Q+A

"Mental health advocate Mike King shines much-needed light on the serious issues of depression, alcohol and drug abuse and suicide in New Zealand."

• Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh

"Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh is the founder and director of She# (She Sharp), a non-profit networking group for high school girls, female tertiary students and industry professionals aimed at addressing the diversity and gender gap issue in science and technology fields."

• Annah Stretton 

Annah Stretton Source: 1 NEWS

"Annah Stretton is a fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has established a charitable social venture to work with recidivist female offenders."

• Dr Siouxsie Wiles 

"Dr Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist and head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland, working to increase understanding of infectious diseases."

The winner will be announced on February 22, 2018. 

The former All Blacks captain received another award when named NZOTY at a ceremony last night. Source: Breakfast

Previous winners of the award include:  Taika Waititi (2017), Richie McCaw (2016), Sir Stephen Tindall (2015), Dr. Lance O’Sullivan (2014), Dame Anne Salmond (2013).

The top ten Young New Zealander of the Year contenders are:  

The filmmaker's wife, Chelsea Winstanley, accompanied by Hunt for the Wilderpeople actor Julian Dennison, collected the award on Waititi's behalf from Prime Minister Bill English in Auckland. Source: New Zealander of the Year Awards

• Peter Burling 
• David Cameron 
• Kristina Cavit
• Tom Francis 
• Alexander Kuch 
• Lizzie Marvelly 
• Grace Stratton 
• Josiah Tualamali’i
• Rees Vinsen 
• Logan Williams 

Top 10 contenders for Senior New Zealander of the Year

• Billy Apple 
• Peter Carrington 
• Mark Dunajtschik 
• Prof. Bob Elliott 
• Christine Hartstone 
• Robert Kinsela “Kim” Workman 
• Margaret Dunkley 
• Peter McLaren 
• John Peebles
• Bryan Williams 

Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year

• Bellyfull 
• Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust 
• De Paul House Emergency Housing 
• Eat My Lunch 
• I Have A Dream 
• Kaibosh Food Rescue 
• Pillars 
• Te Iwi O Te Roroa 
• Whangawehi Catchment Management 
• Zealandia 

Sanitarium New Zealand Innovator of the Year

• Robert Bell 
• Rick Fright and Bruce McCallum
• Kevin Halsall and Marcus Thompson 
• Nick Hammond
• Prof. Jane Harding 
• Chris Heaslip 
• Fraser Smith and Matt Yallop
• Ian Taylor
• Team New Zealand Design Team
• Brianne West 

Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year

• Joseph Fa’afiu 
• Ricky Houghton 
• Dave Letele 
• Janice Lee 
• Mohamud Mohamed 
• Alexandra Nicholas 
• Pamela Anne O’Keefe 
• David Rule
• Farida Sultana 
• Caine Warren 


1 NEWS' top five stories of 2017 that made you think

Election aside, 1 NEWS' reporters have shed light on a number of important issues throughout the year. Here are some of the biggest.

A mother has called for greater security following the South Island incident. Source: 1 NEWS

Shocking schoolyard bullying

Sam Clarke's story on the bullying of a young girl at a Canterbury college saw an outpouring of anger, as well as heartening support for the victim.

The victim, and her mother, bravely shared their story in the hope there would be greater security in schools.

Sex abuse counsellor Tania Blomfield and researcher Natalie Thorburn say child sex trafficking is a growth industry in New Zealand. Source: 1 NEWS

New Zealand's child sex trade

Paul Hobbs' investigation into children as young as nine being forced to have sex with paying customers was genuinely shocking, and shed light on a part of New Zealand all of us wished didn't exist.

Many of them were being coerced into the sex trade by their families, or "boyfriends".

A wild night out in Suva left Josh Narube dead and a New Zealand diplomat leaving the country. Source: 1 NEWS

Fijian man dies in company of Immigration NZ staffer

The family of Josateki 'Josh' Narube were left searching for answers after the 26-year-old fell from a balcony on a Suva apartment block in 2015.

His companion that night was an Immigration NZ staffer who'd been seconded to the High Commission in Suva to work in Visa Services, and who flew back to NZ two days later.

Josh's friends told Andrea Vance his death was never properly investigated, and they want the diplomat to return to answer further questions.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry say they co-operated with the Fijian police, and the case was closed with no charges laid or any further requests for information.

The danger posed by a huge fault line that runs through NZ is being discussed at a summit. Source: 1 NEWS

Could NZ cope with a giant 'megathrust' earthquake

Sean Hogan's look at New Zealand's ability to cope with a gigantic 'megathrust' earthquake was one of the most widely shared stories on 1 NEWS NOW.

It came in the wake of a conference which saw scientists bring together local councils, iwi and civil defence orginisations together to share their knowledge.

Brian and Hannah Tamaki's church could now face a substantial tax bill as a result of the deregistration. Source: 1 NEWS

Destiny Church charities stripped from charities register

Investigations by Luke Appleby and Simon Plumb into some of Destiny Church's charities highlighted the Department of Internal Affairs' concerns over the persistent late filing of annual financial records.

Last month, DIA stipped two of them - Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited from the Charities Register - a move that would come into force on December 20, a move that has since been delayed after the church appealed to the High Court. 



Whanau Ora about to be re-booted under new government

It was a key policy of the Maori Party, who no longer hold a place in parliament, but Whanau Ora, which helps at risk families, is now getting a re-boot under the new government. 

The programme has helped nearly 13,000 families in seven years, costing the country $73 million this year.

Whanau Ora Minister Peeni Henare is pushing for more funding and wanting to know whether people from the Pacific are getting enough help.

He's also interested in expanding the programme by setting up businesses to employ those from struggling families. 

"We can work with out whanau to ensure that they get what they need on a daily basis," Mr Henare told 1 NEWS. 

"But there has been a missing component which has been longer term economic sustainability."

It was a key policy of the Maori Party, who no longer hold a place in parliament. Source: 1 NEWS