Nominations for the “UK NEW ZEALANDER OF THE YEAR 2016 AWARD” have now closed and we will be announcing the finalists soon.
The New Zealand Society (UK) and our award sponsor, Air New Zealand will announce the final winner for this prestigious award as part of the annual Waitangi Day celebrations.
The Award, which recognises the outstanding contribution that a New Zealand or British citizen has made in presenting “a positive image of New Zealand in the UK”, symbolises the continuation of the close relationship between the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
The New Zealander of the Year in 2015 is Katherine Corich. Katherine founded the Sysdoc group 25 years ago and has grown it into a global multi-award winning provider of services in Business Transformation, Cultural Change, Training, Simulated Learning and Knowledge Portals. With operations in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, and projects in many more countries. Despite the demands of an internationally recognised and successful business, Katherine tirelessly shares her knowledge with others, and demonstrates her pride in New Zealand and desire for New Zealanders global success by giving of her advice and support on a regular basis. Her Philanthropic ventures have seen her take on a worldwide view on issues which affect women and their communities. In recent years Katherine has provided support to a number of boards and projects: The Quake Studies Advisory Board, Global Women Leaders, Women In Leadership, Global Angels, Kea World Class New Zealander network, University of Canterbury’s CEISMIC digital archive programme.
Previous winners include: 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.
Air New Zealand’s General Manager for the UK & Europe Kathryn Robertson says, “Air New Zealand is proud to once again sponsor this award. The UK New Zealander of the Year award recognises the long-standing relationship between the United Kingdom and New Zealand as well as celebrating the exceptional accomplishments by New Zealanders living over here.’