Mrs Lotta Dann, MNZM, of Wellington, for services to addiction advocacy
Lotta Dann built a career in the media and, in 2011, began the anonymous blog ‘Mrs D is Going Without’ to document her transition from alcohol addiction to sobriety. She then published a best-selling memoir and partnered with the New Zealand Drug Foundation, Te Hiringa Hauora Health Promotion Agency and Matua Raki to launch the website ‘Living Sober’. In 2021 alone, Living Sober reached more than 25,000 people, and an independent evaluation found that 68 percent of members had become sober since using the website. Mrs Dann regularly speaks to groups and in the media, has published two further books, and facilitates the Blueprint for Learning Addiction 101 workshop.