September 03, 2019
Ihumātao stance brings award nomination
Ihumātao campaigner Pania Newton has received 11 nominations for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year award.
Nominations close on September 15, after which a judging panel will draw up a shortlist of 10 candidates.
A total of 727 nominations have been received so far.
Other nominations include Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua, Māori Women's Welfare League past president Dame Areta Koopu, fitness coach Dave Letele, surgeon and Christchurch shootings hero Adib Khanafer and Xero founder Rod Drury.
Chief judge Cameron Bennett says the latest nominations reflect so much of what matters to New Zealanders personally and as a community right now – from mental health to sustainability, sport to science.
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