“They all have admirable attributes of conscience, courage and commitment. These are attributes we aspire to as New Zealanders. These three remarkable people have embraced that aspiraton and taken action, making a truly positive difference for all New Zealanders,” said Chief Judge Cameron Bennet.
Bartlett was hailed as the face of the equal pay movement for caregivers in the aged-care sector, while King has pushed for awareness of mental health, alcohol, and drug abuse issues for the Maori and youth. Wiles, meanwhile, is working on the growing threats of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and infections diseases.
“Mike’s courage and conviction in advocating on behalf of Kiwis dealing with these issues inspires hope and optimism for those who need it most,” added Bennet.
Film maker Taika Waititi won last year’s accolade.
Over 1000 nominations were received – and the winners will be announced on 22 February.
University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year:
- David Cameron (Auckland)
Kristina Cavit (Auckland)
Grace Stratton (Auckland)
Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year:
- Billy Apple (Auckland)
Professor Bob Elliott (Auckland)
Kim Workman (Lower Hutt)
Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year:
- Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust (Christchurch)
Whangawehi Catchment Management Group (Hawke’s Bay)
Sanitarium New Zealander Innovater of the Year:
- Fraser Smith and Matt Yallop, Flashmate (Hamilton)
Professor Jane Harding (Auckland)
Team New Zealand Design Team (Auckland)
Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year:
- Ricky Houghton (Kaitaia)
Dave Letele (Auckland)
Mohamud Mohamed (Auckland)