UK New Zealander of the Year Award 2015: nominations are CLOSED

The search for the UK New Zealander of the Year 2015 is over


The New Zealand Society (in association with our kind sponsors, Air New Zealand) have received nominations for the UK New Zealander of the Year Award 2015, all to be considered by a Judging Panel in December 2014.

The UK New Zealander of the Year Award is recognised as one of the most prestigious honours within the New Zealand community in the United Kingdom.  This annual award recognises and celebrates the person who has made the most outstanding personal contribution in the UK to promoting the interests of New Zealand or New Zealanders, whether in public life, by charitable work, or achievement in the arts, sport or academia.

The New Zealander of the Year in 2014 is Mr Eric Tracey, recognising his many contributions made to New Zealand trade/business, sporting and fundraising causes both in the UK and in New Zealand. Eric grew up in Auckland, and first came to the UK in 1973.  In 1980 he became the first non-British partner in Touche Ross (Deloitte).  He has been 12th man for the NZ cricket team in 2004 (and raised money for NZ and UK charities for doing so). He helped to create the UK branch of NZ Society of Accountants (NZICA), is Chair of UK Friends of Auckland University, Acting Chair Christchurch Earthquake Appeal UK, Former Chair NZTE European Beachheads Programme.

Previous winners include: 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.

Nominees must be either New Zealand or British citizens (and have resided in the UK for at least the past two (2) years), and may not include previous winners.

Nominations are now closed, and were to be received by midnight GMT Sunday 30th November 2014. With  judging taking place in December 2014 by a panel including the President of the New Zealand Society (UK), New Zealand High Commissioner in the UK, a representative of Air New Zealand, a past winner of the Award and a prominent member of the New Zealand community in the UK.

The judging panel will select three (3) finalists for the Award, each of whom will be invited to attend the New Zealand Society Waitangi Day Charity Ball to be held in The Ballroom at the Park Lane Hotel in London on Friday, 6th February 2015.  The winner will be announced at the Dinner, and will have the right to be recognised as the UK New Zealander of the Year 2015.  This person will receive return flights for two (2) from the UK to New Zealand, courtesy of Air New Zealand.

By making a nomination you may choose to enter our Prize Draw which could win you two (2) free tickets to any New Zealand Society event of your choice from March through November 2015.

The Promotion is subject to the terms and conditions which are available (including to download) from our website:

The Promotion is subject to the terms and conditions which are available by clicking here.

To make a nomination, please download the Nomination Form by clicking here (for Microsoft Word format) or here (for PDF format), complete it and return it with ALL supporting documentation either by email to or post to 2015 Award Nominations, New Zealand Society, c/14a Crossfield Road, London NW3 4NT