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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 contribution and benefit to society and impact on community or nation by the individual being nominated
  • Their personal interest and involvement in the wider community
  • Details of any challenges faced and how they have been overcome
  • The length of service
  • Outline commitment to their personal development by participation in courses, forums, conventions and community activities etc.
  • Outline contribution to New Zealand's development
  • Outline degree of difficulty in achievement
“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.