People First New Zealand was excited to get the 2021 Awards event underway on Friday 6 May 2022, after delays because of Covid.

Over 50 people from around the country joined us online for the Awards event.

It was great to see People First members from all the regions, and others from the wider People First network.

People First NZ congratulates those who got Awards. We hope you had the chance to celebrate in your regions.

We are planning to present the 2022 Awards live this year at the AGM. Watch this space.

Congratulations to our People First Awards 2021 recipients

Leona Gitmans Te Aranga Award 2021

Wayne Sircombe, Rotorua Lake City Council Access Group – for leadership in self-advocacy.

Make it Easy – Easy Read Award 2021

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet – for their commitment to making their information easy for people with learning disability to read and understand.

Long Service Award for Staff 2021

Marg Matheson, Midsouth Regional Coordinator – for 10 years’ service
Crystal Fang, National Finance Manager – for 15 years’ service
Pam Shanks, South Island Team Leader – for 15 years’ service