The New Zealander of the Year title is awarded every year to someone who has done something special for the country. But in 2020, for the first time in the history of the award, there is a cat among the nominees. It is a red-haired male Turkish Angora named Mittens, who seems to be loved by everyone.
Mittens moved to Wellington three years ago with his owner. Since then, he has become a real celebrity for his irrepressible drive for adventure. The cat loves to get out of the house and walk for miles as he strolls around town. He stops by churches, stores, universities, and police stations, where he is always welcomed.
Wherever Mittens goes, he brings positivity and fun. The people of Wellington see him as a symbol of the city, love to take pictures with him, and feed him. At first, people thought Mittens was lost, but the owner rushed to assure everyone on social media that his cat just loves to travel.