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Criteria

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be aged over 70 years and continue to make a positive contribution in Aotearoa, following their career, to te Ao Māori, achievements or service (in any field). The nominee must be a role model to the wider community or iwi, particularly over the past 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 later in life to inspire you to nominate them as Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year 2021 - Te Mātāpuputu o te Tau.
  • PURPOSE: Who benefits from the work, contribution, or influence of this person - and how?
  • LEADERSHIP & SERVICE: How does this person set a positive example of being a senior member of the community - showing potential for making change at any age.
  • 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 following their career, achievements, or service to create change and give back?
  • 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 the nominee plan to continue, grow, and/or adapt their work, contribution, or influence going forward? 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.

“We’re absolutely delighted to support the Senior New Zealander of the Year award. We know there are thousands of older Kiwis who never retire, and continue to make a massive contribution to their communities and New Zealand as a whole. We think this award is an excellent way of recognising how much they give back.”
Gordon MacLeod
CEO, Ryman Healthcare