Ms Kristina Cavit, of Auckland, for services to youth and the community
Kristina Cavit is the founder and Director of The Kindness Institute (TKI), which delivers mental health, mindfulness and yoga-based programmes for individuals, schools, youth who have been expelled from school, youth justice, and women in prison. She delivered mindfulness and yoga programmes for Ngā Rangatahi Toa, a creative initiative for marginalised youth. She founded Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) New Zealand, which supports almost 4,000 orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America. Prior to this, she lived at the NPH orphanage in the Dominican Republic for two years, assisting with management, education and development. Ms Cavit has delivered numerous talks on mindful leadership, stress reduction, volunteerism and social change.