New Zealander of the Year starts
Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger says the recent massacre in Norway was a reminder of what could happen when cultural diversity was not celebrated.
He was speaking at the launch in Wellington of the 2012 New Zealander of the Year awards.
‘‘The aim of the awards is to acknowledge outstanding individuals and groups who make contributions to the positive future of our New Zealand,’’ said Mr Bolger, the awards patron.
The performance by StarJam was a highlight of the launch, which was held in Wellington on July 28.
StarJam is a group that encourages young people with disabilities to explore the performing arts. It was a finalist last year in the com-
the munity awards.
The nominations are open until October 14. Winners will be announced in February in the five categories – New Zealander of the Year, Senior New Zealander of the Year ( for people 60 and over), Young New Zealander of the Year (for people aged from 15 to 30), Community of the Year and National Hero ( drawn from Local Hero nominations). In addition, 250 local hero medals will be awarded.
This is the third year of the awards, for which Kiwibank is the chief sponsor. Previous New Zealander of the Year winners have been Sir Ray Avery ( 2010) and Sir Paul Callaghan (2011)
For information, nzawards.org.nz.