Rez Gardi
Young New Zealander of the Year 2017
 
Rez is the Young New Zealander of the Year for 2017. Born in a refugee camp in Pakistan, Rez’s family were forced to flee their homeland to escape the persecution of Kurds. She spent the first six years of her life in a refugee camp before her family resettled in New Zealand. Rez is now New Zealand’s first Kurdish female lawyer and works in corporate litigation at law firm, Chapman Tripp.
 
She previously worked at the United Nations Office in Nairobi as a human rights intern and she represented New Zealand at the Global Refugee Youth Consultations and annual United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Non-Government Organisation consultation in Geneva last June.