Ranjna Patel named finalist in New Zealander of the Year awards
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Congratulations to Ranjna Patel, who has been named as a semi-finalist in the 2021 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards ­­– Ngā Tohu Pou Kōhure o Aotearoa. 

Now in it’s 12th year, the awards celebrate Kiwis from all walks of life who use their passion to make Aotearoa a better place.

Ranjna Patel, who is a co-founder and director of Tamaki Health as well as an executive trustee for Total Healthare PHO, is being recognised for her groundbreaking work with Gandhi Nivas. 

Founded by Ranjna in 2015, Gandhi Nivas works with the perpetrators of family violence to prevent them from reoffending. So far the programme has seen extraordinary results, with a recent five-year study by Massey University showing that the programme was able to prevent almost 60 percent of men who took part in the programme from reoffending. 

Ranjna is one of ten semi-finalists for New Zealander of the Year 2021, in a diverse line-up that includes microbiologist Siouxie WIles, Christchurch shooting survivor Farid Ahmed, and te reo expert Scotty Morrison. 

Ranjna is also a finalist in the Trade Me New Zealand Innovator of the Year/Te Pou Whakairo O Te Tau category.

Miriama Kamo, Te Koruru – Patron of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards says, “It has been an extraordinary past year – one which has challenged us beyond what we thought possible. Despite that, New Zealanders across Aotearoa have stepped up to act as ‘pou,’ as support and strength for whanau, for communities, for our country and beyond. It’s an honour and a privilege to play a role in acknowledging the achievements of our semi-finalists. Ngā mihi nunui ki a koutou katoa.”

Winners will be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Awards Gala Dinner in Auckland on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

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