Oscar winner Sir Richard Taylor, who helped New Zealand forge a role in the global film industry, last night won yet another public accolade, named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year at a ritzy awards dinner in Auckland.
A very worthy winner. Those who work with Richard tend to rave about him. He has made a huge contribution to New Zealand.
The Young New Zealander award this year went to Sam Johnson, the founder and leader of the Student Volunteer Army, which helped Christchurch residents recover after earthquakes battered their city.
Also a great choice, and almost indisputable that it should go to Sam. In choosing Sam, they are really choosing all those who were involved in making the SVA happen.