Ken Clearwater – Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year 2020 Finalists

Ken Clearwater has worked relentlessly and tirelessly for over the last 23 years advocating for male survivors of sexual abuse. Ken is the human door that men open to the path of healing; he is there at the end of the phone or for a cuppa and a chat, or to invite them to a support group.

Ken was instrumental in establishing support centres in the North Island and the lower South Island. As well as healing New Zealand men he has also made international connections with male survivor organisations around the world, including Africa with the United Nations.

Ken was the key advisor to ACC, challenging the organisation, and was a key factor in ACC changing their services for sensitive claims clients which has made sure that more survivors, women, men and children are accessing the help they need.