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Creating a legacy for tomorrow

 

At Ryman, we're delighted to continue to support the Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year Te Mātāpuputu o te Tau, celebrating people who are creating a legacy for tomorrow. The ones who have made a positive contribution to Aotearoa later in their life, and are actively involved in making the world around them a better place.

Thousands of older Kiwis never retire and continue to make a massive contribution to their communities and New Zealand as a whole. This award is an excellent way of recognising how much they give back.

The 2022 Senior New Zealander of the Year is Rereata Mākiha (Ngapuhi/Te Arawa/Rangitane) has dedicated his life to Te Ao Māori, he is an innovator who finds new ways to pass on knowledge. A broadcaster and reporter from the early 1970s, he was instrumental in the revitalisation of te reo Māori and is a specialist in ancestral knowledge. A promoter of Mahi tiaki Taiao - environmental work - he has led in the revival of whare wananga teachings and traditional practices related to the environment. Recently Rereata has been active in building up knowledge of and use of the Maramataka - the Maori Lunar Calendar - working alongside others to teach its value in communities across Aotearoa.

 


NOMINATIONS

Whose making a difference in Aotearoa?

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year Te Mātāpuputu o te Tau.
 
To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be aged over 70 years and continue to make a positive contribution in Aotearoa, following their career in any service, sector or field. The nominee must be a role model to the wider community, particularly over the past 12-months.
 
An official Awards Gala Presentation Dinner will be held early in 2023 where nominees, semi-finalists and finalists will be formally recognised.

Previous winners

“We’re absolutely delighted to support the Senior New Zealander of the Year Award. We know there are thousands of older Kiwis who never retire, and continue to make a massive contribution to their communities and Aotearoa as a whole. We think this award is an excellent way of recognising how much they give back.”


RICHARD UMBERS
GROUP CEO, RYMAN HEALTHCARE

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