Simran Kaur

Young New Zealander of the Year


University of Canterbury

Young New Zealander of the Year

Te Mātātahi o te Tau

University of Canterbury


The leaders of tomorrow who are brimming with the potential to build a bright future for Aotearoa. They are the ones who are striving to improve themselves, their communities and their nation.

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be aged between 15-30 years.

Nominators should consider talking about the following areas in their nomination:

  • THE NOMINEE: Describe the person you are nominating and what they’ve done to inspire you over the past year to nominate them as 2024 University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year Te Mātātahi o te Tau.
  • PURPOSE: Who benefits from this person’s work, contribution, or influence – and how?
  • LEADERSHIP: How does this person set a positive example for other young people and showing them the potential for change.
  • 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 to show leadership, create change, and give back?
  • PROVEN IMPACT: How has this person clearly demonstrated a positive impact in their area of influence? How has this been measured?
  • LONG-TERM IMPACT: If known, how does the nominee plan to grow and/or adapt their work, contribution, or influence in the future? How would winning this award impact this person and the work that they are doing?


Conditions of Entry

Simran Kaur

Simran Kaur is the founder of Girls That Invest, a media company that has grown into an online phenomenon, helping millions of women learn how to invest and, unapologetically, make money. With only 15-25% of women investing (and men worldwide typically holding 50% more wealth than women) Simran and is on a mission to even the playing field: making the world of investing less intimidating for women. And the appetite for this mahi was clear – Girls That Invest has amassed over 6M downloads and has become the world’s #1 investing podcast for women, with over listeners in over 150 countries. Beyond the podcast, Simran has published a best-selling book that topped charts in the USA, Canada, UK and New Zealand, along with her 350,000 strong social media following and over 5000 students in over 60 countries. Simran is a 2023 Forbes 30 under 30 Honouree (Asia), a UoA 40 under 40 and has been featured in TEDx US, Vogue, Business Insider and Oxford Women in Business.



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Young New Zealander of the Year

Professor Cheryl De La Rey

University of Canterbury Vice-Chancellor Tumu Whakarae

“We purposefully support the development, growth and success of young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to empowering young New Zealanders to make a difference as the world continues to face complex challenges. UC is pleased to celebrate these young leaders and support their success as they make a positive impact in their communities."