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12 Thursday <strong>January</strong> <strong>28</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

Latest Canterbury news at starnews.co.nz<br />



The Kiwibank Local Hero of the Year Award recognises 100 individuals across the country who strive to<br />

make their communities a better place through hard work and dedication. Included in the top 100 local<br />

hero medallists for 2020 were 12 Cantabrians. We profile those who live in Christchurch.<br />

• Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah<br />

Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah has<br />

been hailed as a hero by law<br />

enforcement, politicians and the<br />

public for his actions on March<br />

15, 2019, when he risked his<br />

life to chase down the terrorist<br />

behind the Christchurch<br />

mosque attacks. Wahabzadah<br />

was worshipping at Linwood<br />

Mosque when the killer entered<br />

the mosque and opened fire. In<br />

spite of the clear risk to his own<br />

life, he chased the offender from<br />

the room, while grabbing an<br />

Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah<br />

Eftpos machine to hurl at him.<br />

Wahabzadah’s quick thinking<br />

and bravery saved many lives<br />

and helped law enforcement to<br />

quickly identify the killer’s car<br />

and capture him.<br />

• Alice Andersen<br />

As executive director of<br />

Qtopia, Alice Andersen’s role<br />

is to celebrate, educate and<br />

advocate for New Zealand’s<br />

rainbow youth and their<br />

whānau. In the year alone she<br />

has designed, developed and<br />

Alice Andersen<br />

delivered Qtopia’s education<br />

programme to more than<br />

2000 people in Aotearoa and<br />

Australia and helped establish<br />

international best practice for<br />

how schools can support gender<br />

diverse students with her mahi<br />

alongside Christ’s College, as<br />

they supported their first out<br />

transgender student.<br />

• Erica Austin<br />

Erica Austin was nearing<br />

the end of her Masters of<br />

Architecture degree at the<br />

University of Auckland when<br />

the Christchurch earthquakes<br />

happened. She finished her<br />

degree and moved south,<br />

excited to participate in the<br />

city’s rebuild. She is interested<br />

in how cities can build ‘social<br />

architecture’ to ensure the<br />

physical environment is vibrant,<br />

inclusive, and unites and engages<br />

its inhabitants. Since arriving,<br />

Austin has thrown herself<br />

into a wide range of creative,<br />

community and entrepreneurial<br />

projects, and considers herself<br />

a “Christchurch ambassador.”<br />

She has been an invaluable<br />

member of the teams at FESTA<br />

(Festival Of Transitional<br />

Architecture), the Ministry<br />

of Awesome, Gapfiller, TEDx<br />

Christchurch, PechaKucha,<br />

the Christchurch Arts Festival,<br />

WORD Christchurch, and LINC<br />

(Leadership in Communities).<br />

• Nigel Hampton<br />

As a criminal lawyer with<br />

more than five decades of<br />

experience, Nigel Hampton has<br />

been involved with many highprofile<br />

cases, including the Pike<br />

River Royal Commission and the<br />

collapse of the CTV building.<br />

He has been chair of the New<br />

Zealand Law Practitioners<br />

Disciplinary Tribunal, was the<br />

first Disciplinary Commissioner<br />

of Counsel at the International<br />

Criminal Court at the Hague,<br />

and Chief Justice of the Kingdom<br />

of Tonga. He is a judicial officer<br />

for World Rugby and New<br />

Zealand Rugby, on the boards<br />

of charitable bodies, and is New<br />

Zealand patron of the Howard<br />

League for penal reform. He also<br />

helped establish the Criminal<br />

Cases Review Commission<br />

board, to redefine the way<br />

possible miscarriages of justice<br />

are identified.<br />

Nigel Hampton<br />

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