Nominations are live!

27 Jul 2022

On Wednesday 27 July 2022 NOMINATIONS OPEN for the 2023 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa across seven categories.

Miriama Kamo, Te Koruru Patron of the Awards says, “2022 was a particularly special one for Aotearoa, as we shared our first public holiday to celebrate Matariki. This was a moment for us to collectively gather, come together, and celebrate the year just been – a chance to reflect on who we are, and where we’re going next. In that same spirit, we’re calling on the people of Aotearoa to come together and join us in nominating the people and communities who made the last year a great one. We have just five weeks to ensure the people who deserve it receive the gift of a nomination; so with the same energy we rallied together for this significant moment in our history, let’s celebrate the remarkable people around us and get nominating.

As Awards Te Koruru/Patron, I also want to acknowledge the contribution of Spark, who has joined our New Zealander of the Year whānau this year as our new Innovator Partner.”

“This award celebrates the New Zealanders who disrupt the status quo, whose inventions and ambitions are building towards a better tomorrow. As Aotearoa’s largest digital services and telecommunications company­ – innovation is at the heart of everything we do, so we’re proud to be supporting the kaupapa behind the 2023 New Zealand Innovator of Year Award,” says Jolie Hodson, Spark New Zealand CEO.

The annual Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa are in their 14th year. The Awards celebrate Kiwi from all walks of life; those who inspire, give hope and lead across the seven different Award categories. The Awards encourage New Zealanders to honour extraordinary Kiwi; those who use their passion to make Aotearoa a better place.

Kiwibank Chief Executive Steve Jurkovich says, “At Kiwibank we’ve always been here to support the growth and progress of Kiwi. We couldn’t be prouder of our decade long partnership with the New Zealander of the Year Awards. It is our privilege to be a partner of this celebration of those selfless, creative and visionary Kiwi who have put in the hard mahi for the benefit of our communities. These special New Zealanders embody how we can all play a part in contributing to our society and together have a positive impact.”

The awards seek nominations from all fields of endeavour including the arts, sport, community service, health, public service, environmental sustainability, voluntary, tourism, business, rural, education, entertainment, science, technology, innovation and cultural development.

Nominations are open for exceptional individuals in the following categories:

And duos or groups in the following category

Nominations can be made by any member of the public over 15 years of age until midnight 31 August 2022 through the online nomination form.

Nominations will then be rigorously evaluated by at least two rounds of independent and diverse judging panels with semi-finalists announced in December. The 2023 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Te Pou Whakarae o Aotearoa and supporting category winners will be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Awards Gala Dinner in Auckland on 30 March 2023.

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