Meet your 2022 Winners!

31 Mar 2022

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What a night! Ngā mihi nui to everyone who tuned in across the country as we revealed our 2022 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa Award Winners and cheered for the monumental contributions of our Semi-Finalists and Finalists.

In these unsettling times across the globe, it is our privilege and pleasure to celebrate the people who remind us that we have so much to be thankful for. Just quietly, we're so proud of the Awards community we've built over the past 13 years – a vast waka of people with the courage and passion to lead the way.

Aotearoa, it’s our privilege and pleasure to present your 2022 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa Winners.



Tā Tipene O'Regan

Tā Tipene O'Regan (Canterbury)
Tā Tipene O'Regan is known for his work in Ngāi Tahu’s Treaty Settlement, as an educator and as a public figure whose life has been dedicated to building an inclusive, bicultural nation.

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Ezra Hirawani

Ezra Hirawani (Hamilton)
Ezra Hirawani started his own power company to provide electricity to the many New Zealanders living in energy hardship, and against the odds, he has compelled the industry to make systemic change.

Read his story here



Rereata Mākiha

Rereata Mākiha (Northland)
Rereata Mākiha believes in the power of sharing knowledge and using oral traditions - korero-tuku-iho to connect and educate the next generation.

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Mark Sagar

Mark Sagar PhD FRSNZ (Auckland)
CEO of Soul Machines, Mark Sagar is leading the way for intelligent, AI design. From his R&D lab in Auckland, he is generating an international reputation as a pioneer in the field.

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Charmaine Bailie

Charmaine Bailie (Auckland)
Described as a force of nature, Charmaine Bailie is an ecologist overseeing numerous large-scale environmental restoration projects. She uses her skills, humour and energy to support people and the whenua.

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Matakaoa Community

Matakaoa Community
The Matakaoa community worked together to keep Covid-19 out of its town, uniting in a shared purpose to keep people safe, they achieved exemplary vaccination rates.

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Dave Letele

Dave Letele (Auckland)
Dave is the founder of the Brown Buttabean Motivation Programme, a free community health and wellbeing programme that has inspired thousands of New Zealanders to get fit and healthy, and The BBM FoodShare, an initiative to alleviate food insecurity and end food poverty for families struggling with financial hardship during lockdowns.

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