Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero Medallist

Anne Batley Burton

The Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Award aims to identify and reward everyday people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. The New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Awards recognises the enormous contribution, sacrifice and commitment of Kiwis who selflessly work to make their local communities a better place.

26 November 2019

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council Inc.

Anne Batley Burton is a person of strange contrasts. She moves in the heady world of Champagne country, counts and countesses, vintners and influential people.

And yet she uses this position to make a meaningful difference for animals by utilising her contacts and her influence to raise valuable funds for organisations such as WSPA, the SPCA and Animal Asia. All of these organisations owe a considerable debt of gratitude to Anne Batley Burton, whose single efforts have accounted for tens of thousands of valuable dollars to be used for the animals.

However, there is another side to this amazing woman. For from the heady heights of the social scene there exists the dark and lonely world of abandoned cats who group together in colonies and who rely on dedicated people to care for them in the dead of night. Anne Batley Burton is one of these carers who feed, provide bedding and shelter, veterinary care and individual treatment of the sick and aged.

For both of these attributes we recognise this remarkable animal welfarist with the Assisi Award.

In recognition of your outstanding service to animals 2007

SPCA New Zealand

Anne Batley Burton

For meritorious volunteer service 2012

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