New Zealan­der of the Year starts

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

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-

cat­e­gory

of

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.

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