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Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira has won the 2020 New Zealander of the Year Award.

The actor and director was recognised for her dedication to the performing arts.

Ward-Lealand is already an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit as well as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Ward-Lealand, who was gifted the name Te Atamira by Sir Tīmoti Kāretu and this known for her campaigning for te reo Māori.

Ward-Lealand won ahead of other finalists Peter Beck, chief executive of RocketLab, and Professor Jane Harding from the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland.

Among the other award winners were:

– Georgia Hale, Young New Zealander of the Year

– Nick Loosely, Local Hero of the Year

– Dame Margaret Sparrow, Senior New Zealander of the Year

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton were declared joint winners of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.

It is the first time in the 20 year history of the event the voting has been tied.

Both had incredible years. Lewis Hamilton won his sixth world championship in 2019, with 11 race wins and 17 podium finishes. Meanwhile, Messi was crowned the world’s best player for a record sixth time when he won the Ballon d’Or.

American gymnast Simone Biles won her third Sportswoman of the Year gong after winning the award in 2017 and 2019. She became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history when she won her 25th medal last year.

The South African rugby team, which won the World Cup in Japan last year for the third time in history, were crowned the Team of the Year. They beat European soccer champions Liverpool and women’s soccer World Cup winners the United States.

Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer of all time in international cricket, won the best Sporting Moment from the last two decades. He led his team to the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

List of winners:

Sportsman of the Year: Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi

Sportswoman of the Year: Simone Biles

Team of the Year: South Africa Men’s Rugby Team

Breakthrough of the Year: Egan Bernal

Comeback of the Year: Sophia Floersch

Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Oksana Masters

Action Sportsperson of the Year: Chloe Kim

Best Sporting Moment: ‘Carried on the shoulders of a nation’ Sachin Tendulkar

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dirk Nowitzki

Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Spanish Basketball Federation

Laureus Sport for Good Award: South Bronx United

The Holden car brand is being ‘retired’ in New Zealand and Australia.

The move was announced yesterday by General Motors, the owner of Holden. They will no longer be manufacturing right-hand-drive cars.

For decades Holden has been an iconic car in New Zealand. The company has been making and selling cars such as the Commodore, Astra, and Barina. The New Zealand Police force drive Holden’s and will now be forced to look for a different brand.

The move will come into effect in 2021.

In a statement, General Motors said the brand was no longer competitive in the current market.

The statement did not clarify how many jobs would be lost.

Aeroplane company Airbus have released designs for a new aircraft.

The design includes a single-aisle aircraft with larger wings than usual. It is known as the MAVERIC.

The radical design looks like something you’d expect to see in a Star Wars film.

A miniature version of the design has been flying at Singapore’s Airshow this week.

The design is said to bring fuel savings of up to 20 percent, but most people are excited by the spacious interior.

It has taken 3 years to take the concept from an idea to a small working model.

NASA have announced that they will attempt to bring back soil samples from Mars.

The project is part of the Mars 2020 mission which is launched this year.It will arrive on Mars in early 2021.

The rover being sent to the Red Planet is capable of tasks that no other machine on Mars can perform.

The rover will collect samples of the martian soil that NASA will eventually bring back to Earth to study.

The collection of the samples is difficult.

The rover will grab the samples from a variety of locations on the surface. Once it has collected enough of them, it will deposit them in a single location.

A later mission, planned for 2026 will arrive at the sample drop-off location, pick up the samples and fire them toward Earth.

It’s an incredibly complex and intricate plan. But NASA and the European Space Agency are confident it can be accomplished. If they pull it off, scientists on Earth will finally have a chance to study Mars surface material.

The New Zealand Breakers’ have won their last game of the season but their season is over.

Needing to win their last game, and hope other teams lost, the Breakers beat South Melbourne 92-83.

However, the next day the Brisbane Bullets beat the Taipans by a staggering 36 points – the largest margin this season – to put an end to the Breakers’ playoff hopes.

The result means that the Breakers finished in 6th position.

Three teams all attempting to get to the final 4th position all had the same win-loss ratio so the position was decided by points per game.

In the final Melbourne will take on Sydney, while Perth will face Cairns.

A groundbreaking ‘Green School’ has opened its doors in Taranaki.

Green School New Zealand has a focus on sustainability.

The school is housed in three alien-looking pods or ‘waka’ on farmland southwest of New Plymouth. The pods are built out of sustainable New Zealand pine and heat-treated in the UK they are designed to be thermally neutral and to blend into the environment.

Based on Green School Bali, the goal of the school – which had about 50 students enrolled – was to prepare young people for the 21st century.

Students will look at the United Nation’s sustainable development goal, permaculture, and principles of sustainability.

Green School New Zealand is a private school. Enrolment and tuition fees costing up to $40,000 for some overseas students.