New Zealander of the Year semi-finalists

Last updated 10:36 27/12/2013

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A Mosgiel woman is a semi-finalist for a Kiwibank Local Heroes Award.

The NewZealander of the Year 2014 today announced lists of people being considered for this year's award.

Among them is Cecilia Sullivan-Grant, of Mosgiel, in the local heroes category.

The top 10 considered for the major New Zealander of the Year award are:

  • Dr Lance O'Sullivan: General Practitioner, Kaitaia
  • Richie McCaw: Rugby player, Christchurch
  • Bob Kerridge; Auckland RSPCA, Auckland
  • Catriona Williams; Founder of CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust, Masterton
  • Dame Dr Iritana Tawhiwhirangi; Maori educator, Wellington
  • Vi Cottrell; Founder of Trade Aid NZ, Christchurch
  • Mai Chen; Public lawyer, Wellington
  • Bob Parker; Broadcaster and former Mayor, Christchurch
  • Frances Denz; Business leader and education, Tauranga
  • Barry Lucinsky; Environmentalist and inventor, Otaki

Chief judge Cameron Bennett said the top 10 people were  exceptional individuals who followed their passions and contributed to improving the lives of many New Zealanders.

Determining who is the New Zealander of Year is a very tough job for the judging panel.  The calibre of nominations was very high.

The 2014 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year will be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards in Auckland in February next year. 

Previous winners of the New Zealander of the Year Award are: Dame Anne Salmond (2013), Sir Richard Taylor (2012), Sir Paul Callaghan (2011) and Sir Ray Avery (2010).

The New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014 will also be honoring New Zealanders who have performed with distinction in five award categories.  The semi-finalists for those categories are:

Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year

Brando Yelavich (North Shore); Parris Goebel(Auckland); Andrew McDaid (Auckland); Kristina Cavit (Auckland); Ludwig Wendzich (Auckland); Lydia Ko (North Shore); Sophie Pascoe (Auckland); Jason Pemberton (Christchurch); Todd Balogh (Dunedin); Dale Stewart (Whangaparoa).

Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year

Ian Mclean; Bob Kerridge (Auckland); Francis Denz (Tauranga); Julie Bartlett (Auckland); Tom Clarkson (Westland); Billy Graham (Lower Hutt); Michael Mudford (Dargaville); Vi Cottrell (Christchurch); Frank Lowry (New Plymouth); Barry Lucinsky (Otaki).

Mitre 10 Community of the Year

NZ Council Victim Support (Wellington/NZ); Cranford Hospice (Hastings); KidsCan (NZ wide); UN Youth (Wellington); NZ Cadet Forces (NZ wide); ToughLove (Auckland); Magnet (Christchurch); Ronald McDonald House (Auckland); Starjam (Auckland); Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust (Tauranga).

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Sanitarium Innovator of the Year

Dr Sean Simpson (Auckland); Andre Prassinos (Rotorua); Christopher Rodley (Nelson); Dr Craig Radford (Warkworth); Stuart Dennis (Rotorua).

Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards

Dale Smith (Gisborne); Cecilia Sullivan-Grant (Mosgiel); Juping Zhou (Wellington); Janice Byford (Taihape); Dr Lance O'Sullivan (Kaitaia); David Lean (Wellington); Tim Davies-Colley (Porirua) Soteria Mareko (Auckland); Katrina Mitchell (Wellington); Simon Park (Wellington).

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