1 Apr 2021

Siouxsie Wiles named New Zealander of the Year

From Morning Report, 8:37 am on 1 April 2021

Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles has won New Zealander of the year.

Dr Wiles become the public face of the Covid-19 pandemic - and was all over the airways helping people understand what was happening and the science behind it.

She was presented the award by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday night.

Dr Wiles used her speech to pay tribute to the thousands of essential and border workers, contact tracers and health workers whose efforts kept people safe.

The other winners this year are mental health advocate Jazz Thornton who won young person of the year, medical academic Dr Doug Wilson - senior of the year.

Ranjna Patel has taken the gong for innovator of the year for her work on domestic violence.