Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Local Hero is shortlisted as Young New Zealander of the Year

Local Hero is shortlisted as Young New Zealander of the Year for selfless commitment to at risk children

Following on from being awarded a Kiwibank Local Hero award in December, NPH Director Kristina Cavit has now been announced as a top three finalist for the Young New Zealander of the Year, for her unwavering work in global poverty education in New Zealand and for her support of orphaned and abandoned children throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

The 26-year-old is being recognised for her charitable work both in New Zealand and for the orphanages that she helps support overseas (almost 4,000 children in 9 countries), and now joins just two other young New Zealander’s who have been shortlisted for the incredible work they do in their communities.

“It’s overwhelming to make it into the top three finalists when there were so many inspiring young people nominated,” says Kristina. “This award is fantastic in acknowledging local leaders and those that do so much for their communities, whether they are local or global, it is a true honour to have made it this far and I can’t thank those involved enough!”

The Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year is due to be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the Langham Hotel on February 26, where attendees will include last year’s winner of the award, Paralympian Sophie Pascoe, Prime Minister John Key, the Maori King and Bic Runga will be playing on the night.

As director of the New Zealand branch of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH), Spanish for ‘Our Little Brothers and Sisters’, Kristina was recognised for her work in the non-profit organisations role in providing permanent homes, education and health care for children in need across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Kristina’s main goal is to educate kiwis on extreme poverty and the importance of being global citizens. It is through educational and guest speaking programmes throughout the country that Kristina opens New Zealanders’ eyes about the level of poverty that 1.2 billion people live in across the globe. Kristina is an inspirational and popular speaker whom engages audiences to think and act both locally and globally for the benefit of Aotearoa and our global neighbours.

Kristina started NPH New Zealand three years ago after returning from volunteering at the NPH Dominican Republic home where she helped with education, development, communication and assisted in the Haiti 2010 relief effort.

Kristina has developed a support network of over 1,300 Kiwis with no funding behind her and leads a group of committed volunteers in organising fundraising events and sponsorships to support the NPH homes.

The recent Live Below the Line challenge and NPH Gala Dinner have together raised over $30,000 for more than 3,000 children that NPH supports, whilst ventures such as Kristina’s successful godparent programme means the children have access to the necessities in life like an education and a loving family.

It was Kristina’s leadership skills and commitment to the NPH children, who she sees as her own little brothers and sisters, that caught the eye of the judges of the award, and NPH volunteer Laura Wilson can understand why she has been picked for the top three finalists.

“Kristina truly deserves to be considered for this award,” says volunteer Laura Wilson. “She loves and cares for the children in the orphanages as if they were her own and constantly goes above and beyond to help children in need both at home and abroad. Her work inspiring New Zealanders to become global citizens is crucial.”

Kristina also helps out with those in need closer to home and she has a passion for working with youth in need and refugees, and helping them find their feet in New Zealand society through various programmes.

For the past eight years Kristina has been involved in volunteering with survivors of domestic abuse, helping refugee families integrate into New Zealand society, mentoring at risk youths through the creative arts, providing assistance for women looking for work or returning to their studies, and she will be leading an April volunteer trip to the NPH home in Peru as she looks to turn more New Zealanders into Global Citizens.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Open Source // Open Society - Full Coverage

Gordon Campbell:
On The Reserve Bank And Auckland Housing

The ‘crisis – what crisis?’ response by the government to the Auckland housing price bubble is no longer acceptable.

So says Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer – who used unusually frank language in his speech and subsequent interviews yesterday to call for a capital gains tax, and to generally chastise central and local government for their inaction on a threat to the country’s economic health and financial stability.

That threat has been real for some time. The housing price bubble has already created a currency bubble... Undaunted, the government keeps calling this situation a success story. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Bangladesh: GCSB Dragging NZ Into Human Rights Abuses

The New Zealand government should stop providing intelligence assistance to Bangladeshi security agencies that are known to systematically engage in human rights abuses, said the Green Party today. More>>

ALSO:

Troops Heading To Iraq: Government Must Come Clean On Deployment

New Zealanders deserve more than to hear about their troops’ deployment overseas from Australian media, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “News from Australia that Kiwi troops are on their way to Iraq this week is another example of the culture of secrecy and unknown protections around the deployment.” More>>

ALSO:

Image: Strikers And Protestors Join Outside McDonald's

A group of protestors took to McDonald’s Manners St today as a part of the international fast food workers day of action to end zero hour contracts. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Special Education Funds Not Spent

More than $32 million of funding for children with special needs has not been spent by the Government, despite families of children with special needs complaining for years that they’ve been denied the support they deserve. More>>

ALSO:

John Key: Pre-Budget Speech To Business NZ

So this Government will remain relentlessly focused on improving the competitiveness of our economy... We will continue to give businesses a platform to invest, grow and create jobs in the knowledge they will be backed by a clear and consistent government policy programme. More>>

ALSO:

Multimedia: Andrew Little’s Response To John Key’s Pre-Budget Address

Labour Party leader Andrew Little spoke today on John Key’s pre-budget address this afternoon in Wellington. Little said National has had seven years to achieve a surplus and Kiwis have “fufilled their end of the bargain.” More>>

Surplus Baggage: Key Backs Off ‘Artificial Target’

John Key’s attempt to redefine his cornerstone promise of two election campaigns as an artificial target suggests his other promises are works of fiction, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On UE Pass Rates And University Dropout Rates

Houston, there is clearly a problem with (a) the plunge in pass rates for University Entrance qualifications, which has been especially steep among Maori students and also a problem with (b) the failure rates for Maori students among those who reach university... Unfortunately the two problems seem related. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news