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The Governor-General's Anzac of the Year Award 2016

Issue date: 
Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Governor-General’s Anzac of the Year Award looks to honour someone whose achievements demonstrate the qualities of comradeship, compassion, courage and commitment.

Last year, survivor advocate Louise Nicholas was honoured for her commitment and courage in fighting for justice and for her continued work with people who have undergone similar traumatising experiences. 

The award uses the image of Private Richard Henderson as its symbol. Just 19 years old when he went to war, Henderson and his donkey carried numerous wounded soldiers to safety, while war raged around them. A teacher trainee when he joined up, Henderson was an ordinary person who did extraordinary things. We’re looking for people like him and Louise Nicholas – ordinary people who prove that the Anzac spirit is alive and well in 21st Century New Zealand.

Nominations for the The Governor-General’s Anzac  of the Year Award are open now and we’re asking you to help us find a great recipient.

They’ll need to have demonstrated all or some of the following:

Compassion  – New Zealanders have always prided themselves on looking out for others. Who do you know who has demonstrated extraordinary care and concern for others in their communities?

Courage – Henderson carrying wounded soldiers to safety on his donkey while under fire is one kind of courage but as Louise Nicholas demonstrates, there are many others.  Like having the determination to do the right thing or having the strength to see something through against the odds. This award process will consider all kinds of courage – from the everyday to the heroic.

Comradeship – Together we are strong and it’s the way we share ourselves with others that builds strong communities. Can you think of someone who’s a friend or a helper to everyone and has used that to make the world a better place?

Commitment – People who make a difference do what they say they’re going to do and see it through to the end. Sound like anyone you know?

This award can be for a contribution over a period of time or for a one-off act.

To find out more or nominate someone, visit the RSA website

or contact Kaye Farmer, RSA Major Projects Manager, 021 063 2643

>>Download a brochure here

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