A trio of Kiwis who all helped raise funds for the Canterbury earthquake appeal are the finalists for the UK New Zealander of the Year Award 2012.
Kent Gardner, Bronwen Horton and Paul Kendrick were recognised for the involvement and contribution that they made to enhancing New Zealand’s profile in the UK over the last year.
The award, established by the New Zealand Society in 1999, will be presented at the society’s annual Waitangi Day Charity Dinner at Plaisterers’ Hall in London on February 10.
The consequences of the earthquake and the continuing aftershocks resulted in an unprecedented response from the New Zealand community in the UK, society president John Greager said.
Previous winners of the award include Anna Hansen, chef and founder of London's The Modern Pantry restaurant; Esther Jessop, founder of London Maori cultural group Ngati Ranana; New Zealand war memorial architect Jon Rennie; equestrian champion Mark Todd; golfer Michael Campbell; former secretary general of the Commonwealth Don McKinnon; and chef Peter Gordon.
A founding partner and chief executive of property fund manager Evans Randall. In May last year he created Step Up 4 Christchurch, a charity stair run up London’s Gherkin office tower, which raised £325,000 for those affected by the Christchurch earthquake. He is a trustee of the UK Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and an investor in agriculture and viticulture in New Zealand and in a number of startup companies.
Born and raised in Christchurch, Horton has spent the last 4 years in the UK. In October she travelled to Washington DC to receive an international award from TIAW, the International Alliance for Women, one of 100 to receive the honour for the economic empowerment of women. Horton is the founder of the New Zealand Business Women’s Network and has been involved in over £3 million worth of fundraising for Canterbury earthquake fundraisers in the UK. A qualified barrister and solicitor, she currently works for Credit Suisse as a project manager.
A founding partner and chief financial officer of property fund manager Evans Randall. With Gardner, he created Step Up 4 Christchurch. He is involved with a charity in Surrey called Eikon that helps local under-privileged and troubled teenagers.