UK New Zealander of the Year award winner announced in style

The UK New Zealander of the Year award winner was announced at a glitzy evening at The Dorchester for the New Zealand Society Waitangi Day Charity Ball.

 
 

KIwi of the year

The UK New Zealander of the Year award winner was announced at  a glitzy evening at The Dorchester for the New Zealand Society Waitangi Day Charity Ball.

View: UK New Zealand Society Waitangi Day Charity Ball photo gallery.

The award went to Bronwen Horton, who in 2009 founded the New Zealand Business Women’s Network in the UK,  a non-profit organisation designed to bring together and support Kiwi women working in the UK.

She has taken an active role in mentoring young people, and was at the forefront of fundraising efforts following the Canterbury Earthquakes.

She helped raise more than £3 million for the earthquake appeal, and helped organise the memorial service at Westminster Cathedral.

Katherine Corich and Matt Hickey were also nominated for the award.

Over 260 people took part in the evening, which involved a stirring performance from the London-based Maori group Ngati Ranana and a silent auction.

The key-note speaker for the evening was Esther Kerr-Jessop QSM, who gave a moving speech of her journey to the UK in the 1950s and the story of the beginning of Ngati Ranana.

 

 
 

 
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