New Zealander of the Year

The New Zealander of the Year Awards celebrates people who use their passion for New Zealand to make Aotearoa a better place. After a decade of the awards, we recognise the ongoing efforts of some of the previous winners and finalists, while also meeting the 2019 finalists to learn about their inspiring stories. Nō reira, ka waiho mā tātou ō tātou tuahangata e mihi, e whakanui. Tēnā tātou katoa.

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      Louise has been a consistent voice in the calls to end sexual violence. Her efforts have helped support and empower victims in the face of injustice.

      Lance continues to forge new ways for remote communities to access healthcare. His latest endeavour brings patients and healthcare professionals together through the iMOKO app.

      A deep appreciation for New Zealand's waterways has seen Hayden spearhead the fight against plastics and other pollutants around the country. Through his leadership, millions of litres of rubbish has already been removed from our oceans.

      Malvindar's mission is twofold - find treatments for degenerative brain diseases; and lift the veil of prejudice against those suffering from these diseases through education.

      Even after a debilitating injury which ended her successful sporting career, Catriona's drive lead her to push the envelope in search of treatments for spinal injuries.

      Sam continues to inspire the very best in New Zealanders through volunteer work. His latest project has seen tens of thousands of school students raise their hands to help in any way that they can.

      Dame Anne's influence with high profile Maori leaders and thinkers has driven her to advocate for an inclusive New Zealand, with opportunities for all its people.