of entry

  1. Individuals can’t nominate themselves.
  2. Entry in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa is free.
  3. Nominees and nominators must be over the age of 15 at the close of nominations 31 August 2023.
  4. Nominees must be either a New Zealand citizen or have held a Permanent Residents Visa for a minimum period of five years at the time of the nomination.
  5. Nominees must have lived in New Zealand for at least two years prior to nomination. However, people currently residing outside temporarily due to work or study commitments are still eligible to enter.
  6. Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa cannot be granted posthumously.
  7. Judges will consider nominees’ achievements and contributions over the calendar year, as well as their achievements and contributions over a longer period.
  8. Nominations are open from Tuesday 25 July 2023 till midnight Thursday 31 August 2023 and may only be made using the official nomination form submitted online via
  9. Elected politicians will not be eligible for nomination. Any nominations for elected politicians will be removed by the Awards office prior to Category Judging.
  10. Public servants will not be recognised through these Awards for impact created through their paid employment. However they will be considered for impact created outside of their paid employment, or for having extraordinary impact through their paid employment, this is at the discretion of the Awards office and the Judges.
  11. Nominations for groups, duos, committees’ etc. will only be accepted in the New Zealand Community of the Year category. However, there may be occasions where Judges award special dispensation to duos to be recognised through the other Award categories.
  12. Unsuccessful nominees may re-nominate in subsequent years. Successful category winners can only win each category once.
  13. An individual may be nominated in more than one category if appropriate, but can only move through to be celebrated (as a Semi-Finalist/Finalist/Winner) in one category, with the exception of those nominated to the New Zealander of the Year award category.
  14. The Awards Office reserves the right to enter nominations in additional award categories as deemed appropriate. Every effort will be made to inform nominators and nominees of this.
  15. It is permissible to contact the Awards Office for guidance and support during the compilation of a nomination.
  16. Unless previously arranged, all nomination information and material submitted remain the property of the Awards Office and will not be returned.
  17. Nominees will be encouraged to make themselves available without cost for publicity purposes as required prior to, and after, the Awards Gala Dinner.
  18. Nominators understand that they and the nominee(s) may be contacted by the Awards Office for further information and/or for publicity purposes.
  19. Those selected as Finalists should be available to attend the Awards Dinner in Auckland; on March 2024 (Inability to attend does not disqualify entry).
  20. There is no limit to the number of times that an individual can be nominated, but the number of nominations will not weigh on the judge’s decision.
  21. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  22. The Awards Office reserves the right to make reasonable amendments to these Conditions of Entry at any point in time.