Metlifecare’s villages are an integral part of their communities and we therefore consider it important to support initiatives that are local and of interest to each village. Every Metlifecare village creates its own identity that closely reflects the unique characteristics of its wider area, so it is natural for residents to be involved with their local groups, clubs and associations, which Metlifecare is a big supporter of.
Metlifecare also values the contributions not-for-profit organisations and clubs are making to New Zealand’s communities, so we are proud to be associated with a number of causes including being the patron sponsor of the Senior New Zealander of the Year. We also recognise youth achievement through Metlifecare’s Leadership and Innovations Programme at Glenfield College, and have supported the wider community through our sponsorship of the Wellington Free Ambulance service and the highly valued Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust since 2010.
Proud sponsor of the New Zealander of the Year Awards since 2014
HONOURING THE BEST OF US – The New Zealander of the Year Awards celebrate those people who use their passion for New Zealand to make our country a better place. These awards are your opportunity to honour extraordinary Kiwis whose selflessness, creativity, and vision make us proud to call New Zealand home.
Celebrating success is an integral part of Metlifecare’s culture and that is why we are so passionate about our ongoing association with these awards as the sponsor of the Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year category.
The five award categories are:
- Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year
- Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year
- The University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year
- Sanitarium New Zealand Innovator of the Year
- Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year
- Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year
Being nominated for the New Zealander of the Year Awards is a great honour. These Awards give you the opportunity to recognise and reward an individual or community organisation that makes you proud to be a Kiwi.
2017 Winner – Sue Paterson (Sue sadly passed away in July 2018)
Sue Paterson is a living legend in the dance and arts sector in New Zealand from her beginnings as the manager of Limbs Dance Company to her taking the reins at the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and more recently at the New Zealand Festival where, as the Executive Director, she has built the festival into an event that bought more than $100 million into Wellington last year.
She has had an enormous impact in leading New Zealand arts organisations, producing astonishing financial turnarounds, audience growth and clever programming with great ideas and a great understanding and experience of touring New Zealand, successfully delivering four New Zealand Festivals, five Jazz Festivals, four Lexus Song Quests and the exceptionally successful Edinburgh Tattoo.
2016 Winner – John Russell
John Russell is the principal of Naenae College and has been recognised for his hard work improving the morale and management of the school.
When he began nine years ago, John immediately started to apply his vast knowledge and experience across all aspects of the school. This included developing a cohesive senior management team, working with a new board to develop a vision for the school, and demonstrating strong leadership to the students and the wider community. His contribution to New Zealand education has resulted in him developing, leading and mentoring many current secondary school principals around the country.
2015 Winner – Donald Sew Hoy
Donald Sew Hoy is the managing director and owner of Glacier Investments Ltd, a successful clothing supplier to major retail chains in New Zealand, and exporter of quality New Zealand products, food and beverages to China.
2014 Winner – Frances Denz
Frances Denz has been recognised for dedicating her life to improving the lives of others. Whether it’s the world of business, education, women’s rights or fighting for social justice, Frances’ impact on New Zealand is undeniable.
Metlifecare Leadership and Innovation Award: $6,000 prize for an outstanding Glenfield student
Metlifecare’s Leadership and Innovation Award is scholarship programme which awards $6,000, ($2,000 spread over three years), to a Glenfield College student who has demonstrated leadership and an innovative approach within the school or in the wider community.
2016 Winner – Christian Joshua Herrera
Christian has been a school Headboy in 2016 and has been actively involved in a number of groups, often in a leadership role. These groups ranged from Student Executive, badminton. basketball, volleyball, Hip Hop dance crew, even Bollywood dance troupe and YouDance Festival.
2015 Winner – Lorna Selby
Lorna Selby joined Glenfield College as a Year 9 student in 2011 and quickly made her mark on the sports field as a competitive runner, footballer, hockey player and netballer. Throughout her time at Glenfield Lorna represented the College in these sports, whilst also playing club football. Lorna offered encouragement to her team mates in these sports in a quiet and supportive manner. Lorna’s leadership ability was recognised in her appointment as Head Girl in 2015. Throughout her time at Glenfield College Lorna was awarded trophies and certificates not only for her sporting efforts but also for her academic pursuits. Lorna achieved NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 with Merit endorsements in each. She was also awarded MVP in all three of her winter sports disciplines, netball, hockey and football, in 2014.
2014 Winner – Hinekura Foley
In spite of only being with the school for a year, Hinekura was the overwhelming choice for Head Girl. A duty she has carried out with energy and enthusiasm. As a bilingual speaker and an innovative presenter, she knows how to engage with an audience. Upon assuming the role of lead tutor for the school’s Kapa Haka group, the Kapa Haka group got their best placing in years as a result of Hinekura’s hard work and ability to bring the best out in her students. Again, innovation and leadership qualities way beyond her years. Hinekura is a high achiever. Her Metlifecare $6,000 scholarship will be used towards a conjoint degree at AUT in Law, Criminology and Maori Development.
2013 Winner – Gabrielle Message
A creative mindset and a focus on innovation has resulted in 2013’s Head Girl at Glenfield College, Gabrielle Message. Gabrielle was the first recipient of the Metlifecare Leadership and Innovation Award which was launched in 2013.
“As I have always done, I am planning to make the most of every opportunity that presents itself, as I’ve found that outside your comfort zone really is where the magic happens!”
Gabrielle has been using her Metlifecare $6,000 scholarship to further develop her filming, journalistic and general media skills at AUT, and started a Bachelor of Communications in 2014.
Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
This charitable trust that owns and operates the Auckland based Westpac Rescue Helicopters on behalf of the community it serves, watches over 1.5 million residents and visitors. The support of the families, community organisations and businesses help the Helicopter continue its on-going mission: saving lives. This support enables the rescue helicopter to be there, free of charge and available to all when things go wrong.
We have been proud to be part of the on-going support since 2010.
Wellington Free Ambulance
Wellington Free Ambulance is a charitable organisation, locally owned and governed.
They provide free paramedic care to the people of greater Wellington and Wairarapa and we are proud to support that.
Supporting Local Communities
All Metlifecare villages are closely involved with our local communities, proudly supporting local community groups, clubs and associations, such as bowling, tennis and golf clubs, RSA groups, Age Concern and more.