14 Oct 2009

NZ man to receive 'alternative Nobel' award

8:44 pm on 14 October 2009

A New Zealander is one of four recipients of the Right Livelihood Awards in Sweden.

The awards, often called the "alternative Nobel Prizes", were founded in 1980 to honour and support people offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing the world today.

New Zealander Alyn Ware has been awarded 50,000 euros for his work in peace education.

Other recipients are Catherine Hamlin, an Australian-born doctor who founded a hospital in Eithopia for women damaged by childbirth, and environmentalists David Suzuki and Rene Ngongo, the ABC website reports.

They will receive their awards in Stockholm on 4 December.