30 Mar 2023
Tonight, in one unforgettable celebration at the Cordis Auckland, we celebrated the seven people who have helped shape the last 12 months in Aotearoa. If you missed the big moments from the night, you can watch the Awards on TVNZ+.
Their impact is already being felt. We can’t wait to see what the year will bring.
Scroll down to meet your 2023 Award Winners across all seven Award categories.
Professor Rangi Mātāmua (Hamilton)
In 2022, Professor Rangi Mātāmua became known as “the man behind Matariki” – appointed as chief advisor to the government on the Māori New Year.
Shaneel Lal (Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland)
As New Zealand celebrated 50 years of Pride in Aotearoa, Shaneel Lal was on the frontlines – leading a successful drive to end Conversion Therapy.
Sir Mark Dunajtschik (Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington)
A concentration camp survivor turned remarkable philanthropist, Sir Mark Dunajtschik has overcome devastating adversity to ultimately change lives across Aotearoa.
Emily Blythe (Ōtautahi Christchurch)
Emily Blythe is making airport fog delays a thing of the past with her ground-breaking technology, Pyper Vision.
Camden Howitt (Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland)
As an inspiring leader and determined problem solver, Camden Howitt is devoted to protecting and regenerating te taiao, and has spent over a decade driving collaborative solutions around Aotearoa and the Pacific.
Kindness Collective (National)
Kindness Collective (KC) is a charity that spreads kindness by connecting children and families with the things they need – from everyday essentials to moments of joy.
Read more on Kindness Collective
Dr Ellen Nelson (Manawatū-Whanganui)
Working day and night to bring 563 Afghanis to the safety of New Zealand, Dr Ellen Nelson rallied a small team from her rural Manawatū home to save the lives of colleagues that had supported the New Zealand Army.
4 Apr 2023
In response to some of the media conversations this week. The Awards office makes the following statement: