Save the Kiwi is proud to share that our CEO Michelle Impey has been announced as a semi-finalist for the Ministry for the Environment | Manatū mō te Taiao Te Toa Taiao o te Tau New Zealand Environmental Hero of the Year, as part of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2024.

Michelle is honoured (and very surprised!) that she has been nominated for this award. A note from Michelle:

“I’m honoured to work in an industry that’s so deeply passionate about something so tangible and life-affirming as conservation. Over the last 18 years that I’ve been a part of Save the Kiwi, I have seen incredible growth and progress in kiwi conservation.

“Much of these gains come down to the army of hapū-, iwi- and community-led conservation groups that span much of Aotearoa and are wholeheartedly committed to a vision of kiwi returning to their corner of the country.

“This nomination might have my name on it, but it’s for everyone who works to restore kiwi populations. Save the Kiwi used to produce a t-shirt that says, “We won’t rest until they’re a pest!” on the front. What a privilege it is to work alongside people with the same vision.”

Michelle stands shoulder to shoulder with some awesome people who are all environmental heroes in their own rights. Thank you to whoever nominated Michelle! And good luck to everyone who is nominated for a New Zealander of the Year award.