New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom

Finalists announced for Air New Zealand New Zealander of the Year

Finalists for the prestigious Air New Zealand New Zealander of the Year (UK) Award 2010 have been announced.

The three finalists, Anna Hansen, chef founder of the Modern Pantry restaurant; Juliet Harbutt, cheese champion and Geoff Sewell, "cross over" opera singer, are all recognised for the contribution that they have made to enhancing New Zealand’s profile in the UK over the past year.

Romy Brandeis, President of the New Zealand Society commented: "We had a large number of nominations this year for New Zealanders outstanding in a diverse range of fields. It’s a credit to our national adaptability and attitude that Kiwis excel in the UK in so many different ways"

The award, which was established by the New Zealand Society in 1999, and sponsored by Air New Zealand since 2005, will be presented to the winner at a reception to be held in the Penthouse of New Zealand House on Wednesday 24 March. Tickets include New Zealand themed canapés from NZ owned Suze in Mayfair restaurant and vintage 2001 Cloudy Bay Pelorus and are available at £30 each from the New Zealand Society website

Previous winners have included Esther Jessop, founder of Ngati Ranana, the London Maori cultural group, New Zealand war memorial architect, Jon Rennie; Susan and Tom Glynn, New Zealand restaurateurs in London, golfer Michael Campbell; Secretary General of the Commonwealth Rt. Hon Don McKinnon; and chef Peter Gordon.


For more information, please contact:
Romy Brandeis, President, New Zealand Society

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