New Zealand’s celebrity cat, names Mittens’ is in the running to be New Zealander of the year.
The cat has been nominated for this prestigious award along side PM Jacinda Ardern and the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield
Mittens is a Turkish Angora cat who roams shops, office towers and churches in Wellington. She often poses for social media snapshots along the way.
Earlier this year Mittens was given the key to the city, and his adventurous spirit has won him tens of thousands of local and international fans.
Mittens first won attention in 2018 after repeatedly wandering inner-city dwellings, including the university, the post office, and a Catholic church.
The Facebook page now has 50,000 followers with locals tracking Mittens’ daily activities around town.
Previous winners of New Zealander of the Year include the actor and director Taika Waititi, comedian and mental health advocate Mike King, and former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.
A cat has never won.