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Ian Grant Wins Senior New Zealander of the Year

On Thursday 28 February 2013, the Governor General Lieutenant General Sir Gerry Mataparai conferred on Ian Grant, founder and presenter of Fathers Who Dare Win, the title of 'Senior New Zealander of the Year' for 2013.

Sir Gerry commented on the thousands of New Zealander's lives that Ian, with his wife Mary's help, had impacted over decades of leading parent education in New Zealand. Praise was also forthcoming for the ground breaking work that Ian had done in establishing The Parenting Place and, more recently, Fathers Who Dare Win which has the express goal of changing the way New Zealanders perceive the role and practice of fathers in the kiwi family.

The awards presentation dinner was held in front of 550 people at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. Four tables of supporters (organised by James Shelton, a Youth for Christ devotee from decades past) erupted in unison, cheering the announcement of Ian's success over a field of one hundred nominees.

In an emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech Ian acknowledged a God factor, a family factor and a nationwide factor in his explanation of how he had managed to make such an impact on the way New Zealanders live and parent.

Chief Executive of Fathers Who Dare Win, Scott Milne, commented " Every person in the room, even fellow nominees and their supporters acknowledged that Ian was a most worthy recipient. The award is a small token of the nation's appreciation for decades of determination and self sacrifice to make New Zealand and New Zealanders better.