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Last updated 08:22 24/01/2013
Anne Salmond
HISTORIAN: Dame Anne Salmond

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Historian Dame Anne Salmond is in the running for the top title of 2013 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

the Devonport resident is dedicated to improving the environment, particularly waterways.

The writer, historian and the Distinguished Professor of Maori studies and anthropology at the University of Auckland is the author of seven award-winning books.

Other award finalists include Takapuna IT entrepreneur Scott Gilmour who is project sponsor of the I Have A Dream programme.

The mentoring project has helped 53 disadvantaged students pursue university study. His work has seen him named a finalist in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards Local Heroes category.

The stress of taking care of her traumatised grandchildren prompted Birkenhead resident Diane Vivian to help set up Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

A support group was set up with the help of the Community Facilities Trust and in consultation with Birkenhead/Northcote Community co-ordinator Jill Nerheny.

Today there are support groups around the country offering help and lobbying on the behalf of grandparents raising grandchildren or family members.

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren organisation is now in the running for a Mitre 10 Community of the Year award.

The awards are partly sponsored by Fairfax Media, owner of the North Shore Times, and recognise the significant contribution community volunteers make to the nation.

Hundreds of Kiwis nominated more than 700 individuals and community organisations and extensive judging took place regionally and at national level.

Judges included awards patron Jim Bolger, 2010 New Zealander of the Year Sir Ray Avery, former Olympian Beatrice Faumuina and business leaders Sir Roderick Deane and Jenny Morel, broadcasters Cameron Bennett, Mark Jennings and Bill Francis, community leaders Dame Rosie Horton and Bill Kerridge among others.

Three finalists in each category have been selected.

Winners will be announced at the New Zealander of the Year gala dinner at the Langham Hotel on February 28.

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