New Zealander of the Year Awards New Zealander of the Year Awards

Do you know somebody who makes a difference for the rest of us? Nominations for New Zealander of the Year Awards are open. It’s an Aotearoa thing to be hesitant about celebrating ourselves, like the bro David Dallas said: “as kiwi kids it ain’t in our nature to boast.” And whakatauki like this sum up the way we’ve been taught: Kāore te kūmara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka (The kūmara doesn’t speak of its own sweetness).
But these awards are also a platform for sharing the inspiring stories of what’s possible and the difference we can all make. I was humbled to receive an award last year and I’m still grateful for that opportunity to spread the word about the collective difference Shoebox Christmas makes. Kia ora anō to BNZ and DHL for making that difference possible in the first place. Get in there and nominate a group or individual, let the kūmara’s sweetness be known!
Nominations are open until the end of July.
from Pera Barrett

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