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Nominations closing for Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year


26 September 2014

Nominations are closing for Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year

Nominations close on Tuesday for the 2015 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards.

Over the past six years, the Awards have become one of New Zealand’s most prestigious. Driven by public nominations, any and every New Zealander can have a say as to who they want to see recognised.

“Celebrating success is important,” says National Awards Manager Glyn Taylor. “It’s infectious, it inspires others to step up and also make a contribution. There should never be any limit on the number of times we recognise those in our communities who make a valued contribution to making our world a better place.”

“We’re asking New Zealanders to take a few minutes now to visit and complete the online registration form and tell us about the Kiwis that have influenced or inspired them......they deserve the recognition. Nominations are already ahead of last year but so many New Zealanders who should be nominated have not been.”

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2015

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards award outstanding service, achievement and contribution to the nation. They celebrate excellence in New Zealand and give every Kiwi the opportunity to identify an individual or community group who inspires them. Each overall winner receives a trophy and $5000 from Kiwibank.

New Zealanders can nominate an individual or a community organisation in one or more of the following six categories.

Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year

Honouring the inspirational achievements of a remarkable person

Sanitarium Innovator of the Year

Recognising the individuals whose discovery, research or inventions are driving our country forward.

Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year

Recognising over 60s making a positive contribution to the nation

The University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year

Role models aged between 15 and 30 who are inspiring young New Zealanders

Mitre 10 Community of the Year

Acknowledging groups and organisations working together to build better communities

Kiwibank Local Heroes

Rewarding everyday people doing extraordinary things in their communities. Up to 250 Kiwibank local Hero medals will be awarded in up to 15 regions in November and December. One national winner will be celebrated at the gala Awards dinner.

Nominations are open until Tuesday 30th September. Nomination forms are available online at or from Kiwibank branches and Mitre 10 stores. Any NZ citizen 15 years of age and over can be nominated in one or more of the six award categories. The winners will be revealed at the gala National Awards dinner in February 2015.

The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards are proudly supported by media partners, Newstalk ZB and TV3.

For information or assistance in submitting a nomination:

Call toll free: 0508 692 927



Notes to editors

• Awards website

• Please acknowledge our Principal Sponsor at least once in any editorial extract of this Press Release – without Kiwibank, the New Zealander of the Year Awards would not be able to take place.

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