Honour the achievements and contributions of an inspirational Kiwi by nominating a New Zealander who has made a significant contribution to our nation and makes us proud of our country and what can be achieved.
Their pursuit of excellence may be in areas of - science, business, the arts, cultural or community involvement, sport, education and health - their achievements have positive effects on how we feel about our nation and ourselves. The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award will recognise an individual, who, through his or her achievements, has made an outstanding contribution to the well being of the nation.
The Judges will consider information included with the nomination based on the following criteria:
The University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year Award acknowledges those aged 15 to 30 who are outstanding and exceptional young New Zealanders. Nominees should be young people who are striving to improve themselves and their communities and are brimming with the potential to produce a bright future for New Zealand.
The Young New Zealander of the Year Award gives special recognition to honour and encourage our leaders of tomorrow and promote youth leadership. Nominate a special young person you know between 15-30 years for this award.
The judges will consider the following criteria when considering the nomination:
This is the opportunity to recognise those aged 60 and over who have made a positive contribution to our great nation. This award provides New Zealanders of all ages the opportunity to express their appreciation and admiration for the achievements of our senior New Zealanders.
Nominees will have contributed and continue to contribute to the welfare of our nation through excellence in their chosen field. They will present a significant and positive image of aging and be a role model to the wider community.
Whether it be in business, sports, arts, education or community involvement we invite you to nominate someone over 60 years of age for this prestigious award.
The judges will consider the following criteria:
Nominees in this category also make ideal candidates to consider for a Kiwibank Local Heroes Nomination also. Remember an individual can be nominated in one or more categories.
The Community of the Year Awards provides an opportunity for regional or national community groups and organisations to be recognised for their achievements and contribution to their communities. These groups share a strong sense of community spirit and play a vital role in enhancing the social, economic, cultural or environmental prosperity of their region. It is important to recognise and encourage these groups as their efforts make our communities stronger and more vibrant and promote true community spirit for this and generations to come.
Please also consider the volunteers of the organisation for nomination in the Kiwibank Local Heroes category.
Reward everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. The Local Heroes Awards recognise the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of Kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities a better place. Honour someone you know who is making a contribution to their region, town, suburb, community or local group.
Local Heroes may be involved in business, leadership, voluntary work, community and environmental groups, education, sporting clubs, working with the disadvantaged or have displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity. Whatever their field of endeavours we need to recognise these unsung heroes and say thank you for their inspiration and contribution.
The judges will consider the following criteria when deterimining if the nominee will be the recipient of a Kiwibank Local Hero Medal.
The Local Heroes Awards will celebrate one national winner at the Gala Awards Presentation Dinner in February 2015. In addition all nominees who meet the criteria will be invited to a regional medal presentation in one of 13 locations around NZ.
You may like to consider nominating your Local Hero in one of the other Award Categories also.
Recognise inspiring Kiwis whose game-changing discoveries, research or inventions are driving society forward. An innovation can involve a product, service, technology or process across any industry sector. Nominations are for individual New Zealand citizens over 15 years of age.
Please ensure your answers demonstrate how the individual fulfils the criteria. You may wish to include supporting documentation such as printed information, website links, press clippings, images, impact reports etc. You may need to contact the person you are nominating for assistance with sourcing the supporting information.
The judges will use the following criteria during judging/deliberation:
The Nomination Form will offer you the opportunity to include a written summary, images & attachments relating to the individual, and the innovation they are responsible for.
To meet the criteria that the judges will be considering, the nomination should include the following information. If the Awards Office requires further information, they will notify the nominee and give them the opportunity to provide this.
Description of the Innovation:
How is it unique/original?
How did the nominee identify the opportunity and introduce the new idea?
Describe the commitment of time, risks and challenges overcome to develop the innovation to this point (this may still be ongoing):
Commercial Potential (if relevant):
How does the innovation provide a competitive solution to a market need?
Describe how the innovation has commercial potential and the suitable market strategy:
Describe how the innovation is sustainable and will continue to be beneficial/add value going forward:
Summarise any plans to use this innovation to sustain growth or develop new innovations:
Capability and Capacity:
How is the value of the innovation measured?
Level of Impact/Change:
Describe the opportunity the innovation has to generate economic, social
and/or environmental benefits for local industry sector, the nation and or
How does the innovation deliver tangible benefits for industry and end-users? This may include the potential to leverage additional investment into New Zealand.