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Jayden Luapo

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Jayden Luapo
Having overcome significant odds to do so, Jayden Luapo is a young community leader, business owner, teacher and performer. His Tautua Dance school teaches siva samoa - traditional Samoan dance - providing a safe, encouraging, creative space for young Pasifika to explore their heritage and identity.

Michael Kay

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Michael Kay
Michael Kay is one of a growing number of agricultural innovators in Aotearoa seeking a more symbiotic, sustainable relationship with the land. He’s passionate about sharing his practices, and proving their profitability as a radical alternative to mainstream practices.

Francesca Bonventre

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Francesca Bonventre
Francesca Bonventre is an innovative food producer based in New Zealand’s Chatham Islands. She and her partner are working with one of the healthiest bee populations on the planet, exploring how sustainable export of this carefully cultivated natural resource could positively impact bee populations around the world.

Genevieve McLachlan

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Genevieve McLachlan
Born with cerebral palsy and impaired vision, Genevieve McLachlan has fought hard to ensure her disabilities do not define her. A disability advocate, her work focuses on the use of specialised solutions to make technology and the digital world accessible for those with disabilities.

Jerome Kavanagh

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Jerome Kavanagh
A Grammy Award winning musician, Jerome Kavanagh is a skilled cultural practitioner and multi-instrumentalist, bringing the ancient art form of taonga puoro - traditional Māori instruments - to life for audiences around the world.

Dr Negin Imani

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Negin Imani
Founder of Biomimicry New Zealand, Dr Negin Imani has dedicated her adult life to the exploration of sustainable building design, utilising principles taken from how living organisms react and respond to their environment, to develop a design tool that bridges the gap between architecture and biology.

Zoe George

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Zoe George
Senior Sports Journalist Zoe George has been reporting on inequality - specifically related to bathroom access - in sports and social spaces for years. This lack of access has serious consequences for the representation and participation of women, something she aims to change through a groundswell of public support.

Abby Damen

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Abby Damen
Abby Damen and her co-founders are changing the world one dance step at a time. Her business Shut Up And Dance provides an expressive outlet for Wellingtonians across the city, sparking a movement of joy through the teaching and performing of iconic pop choreography in a freedom filled, fun environment - no mirrors allowed!

Antoinette Ratcliffe

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Antoinette Ratcliffe
As a veterinary nurse Antoinette Ratcliffe’s professional practice was given to the prolonging and preserving of life. Now as a taxidermist her work involves preserving the dead (birds and animals!). She provides a window into her world of creative curios and explains ethical specimen collection from a New Zealand perspective.

Crystal Mischief

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Crystal Mischief
International award winning burlesque performer and creatrix of Sparkleforce Academy of Burlesque, Crystal Mischief approaches her teaching with a biological and psychological lens, harnessing neuroscientific discoveries to create a powerful journey of self discovery and wellness for her dance students.

Tupe Solomon-Tanoa'i

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Tupe Solomon-Tanoa'i
Currently serving as Chief Philanthropic Officer of the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation, Tupe Solomon Tanoa’i is a writer, creator, chat show host, and diversity and inclusion advocate. In 2020 she was recognised as one of the University of Auckland's 40 under 40 and won the diversity category at the Women of Influence Awards.

Dr Swee Tan

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Dr Swee Tan
Founder and Executive Director of Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, Dr Swee Tan is leading exciting research into a novel cancer treatment approach that has the potential to fundamentally alter not just how we treat cancer, but also how easily accessible this treatment may be.