Tomorrow the Kiwibank Local Hero of the Year will be announced and one of the nominees this year is Dr Ellen Joan Nelson.
Ellen is a former army officer who previously served in Afghanistan.
When the country fell to the Taliban in 2021, she ignited efforts to help evacuate locals.
Her work led to the evacuation of 563 Afghans to New Zealand.
Dr Nelson talks to Jesse about her work and making the finalists for the award.