Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and victims' rights advocate Louise Nicholas are among 10 people shortlisted for the New Zealander of the Year award.
More than 330 nominations were received for the award, which goes to a New Zealander judged to has achieved great things and made the country a better place.
Richie McCaw has been nominated for what is being called his unrivalled success as a leader and inspirational player in his 14-year career.
Louise Nicolas is a campaigner for better recognition of victims' rights and the prevention of sexual violence, leading to what is described as a significant change in legislation and public attitudes.
Other finalists include Dame Margaret Bazley, lawyer Mei Chen, cancer researcher Michael Berridge, environmentalist Rob Fenwick.
Artists Dick Frizzell and Dame Suzie Moncrieff, climate scientist Jim Salinger and academic Ranginui Walker also make the list.
The winner will be announced at a gala in Auckland in February.
Last year's winner was philanthropist Sir Stephen Tindall.