Kent Gardner has been named the UK New Zealander of the Year 2012 at the New Zealand Society’s annual Waitangi Day Charity Dinner in London.
The award recognises contributions made by a New Zealand or British national in presenting a positive image of New Zealand in the UK.
Gardner received the award in recognition of his fundraising efforts towards those affected by the Canterbury earthquake (and aftershocks) and, in particular, the creation of the Step Up 4 Christchurch event, a charity stair run up the 1,037 steps to the top of the 180ml ‘Gherkin’ office tower in London. This event raised £325,000.
“There were some outstanding examples of New Zealanders getting behind the Christchurch cause this year, but Kent Gardner and his team really stood out with their creativity and money raised: an awesome effort," said general manager UK/Europe of Air New Zealand Chris Myers, who presented the award on Friday.
Garnder said he was proud to be part of a team of UK-based Kiwis committed to supporting New Zealand while abroad.