Finalists for the 2016 UK New Zealander of the Year Announced

Finalists for the prestigious UK New Zealander of the Year Award 2016 (proudly sponsored by Air New Zealand) were announced in London this week.

The three finalists, Professor David Paterson, for his lifetime contribution to medical science, Ms. Mandii Pope, for her role as New Zealand Artist in London and charitable fundraiser, and Mr. Mark Wilson, CEO of Aviva, global business leader and champion of sustainable business; are recognised for their personal contribution in the UK to promoting the interests of New Zealand or New Zealanders.

The Award, which was established by the New Zealand Society in 1999, will be presented to the winner at the annual New Zealand Society’s Waitangi Day Charity Ball in The Ballroom of The Jumeirah Carlton, Knightsbridge, on Friday 5th February 2016.  Robyn Allardice-Bourne, President of the New Zealand Society (UK) commented: “It is with great pride that the New Zealand Society (UK) in association with Air New Zealand, presents this prestigious award.  Nominations were called for from the UK New Zealand community, and we were delighted to receive 15 nominations for the 2016 honour.  Nominations were received for individuals who promote the interests of New Zealand in the UK, within the areas of business, music, community services, arts and culture, sport and academia.  It was unanimous amongst the Judging Panel that all three finalists are great ambassadors of New Zealand in the United Kingdom and make valued contributions to our community.”

Previous winners have included: Katherine Corich, Eric Tracey, Bronwen Horton, Kent Gardner, Terry Smith, Anna Hansen MBE, Esther Kerr Jessop QSM, Dr Ian Conrich, Jonathan Rennie, Tom & Susan Glynn, Peter Leslie, Dame Judith Mayhew Jones, The Rt. Hon Don McKinnon, (The late) Harry Mahon OBE, Michael Campbell CNZM, Sir Mark Todd and Peter Gordon ONZM.

Tickets are available for the New Zealand Society’s (UK) Waitangi Day Charity Ball and these can be booked here www.musicglue.com/new-zealand-society-uk/events/

Full press release available here.

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