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Criteria

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have, through their achievements, made an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Aotearoa, particularly across the last 12-months.

Nominators should consider talking about the following areas in their nomination:

  • THE NOMINEE: Describe the person you are nominating and what they’ve done to inspire you to nominate them as Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year - Te Pou Whakarae o Aotearoa 2021.
  • PURPOSE: Who benefits from the work, contribution, or influence of this person - and how?
  • LEADERSHIP: How does this person set a positive example for other fellow New Zealanders and showing them the potential for change.
  • COMMITMENT: Describe the commitment of time, risks, and challenges overcome to create an impact to this point (this may still be ongoing). What have they done that has gone above and beyond to show leadership, create change, and give back?
  • THOUGHT LEADERSHIP & INNOVATIVE THINKING: How thoughtful, creative, and unique is this person’s approach to their challenge, opportunity, or situation?
  • PROVEN IMPACT: How has this person clearly demonstrated a positive impact in their area of influence? How is has this been measured?
  • LONG-TERM IMPACT: If known, how does this person plan to grow and/or adapt their work, contribution, or influence in the future? How would winning this award impact this person and the work that they are doing?

Nominees in this category also make ideal candidates to consider for a Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero - Te Pou Toko o te Tau Nomination also. Remember an individual can be nominated in one or more categories.

“In 2009, we helped to set up the New Zealander of the Year Awards. It’s our firm belief that as Kiwis, we should be celebrating ourselves, the amazing things that happen in this country and most importantly, those people who are working hard in their communities to improve the lives of those around them. It’s a privilege to be part of these Awards and recognising great Kiwis.”
Steve Jurkovich
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Kiwi Group Holdings.