She prefers a low profile but Tauranga's Jodie Bruning just could be our own version of Erin Brockovich.

Brockovich, of course, famously campaigned for justice over drinking-water pollution in Hinkley, California. Her courage in the face of overwhelming odds and the massive clout of corporations won her acclaim and a movie about her battle.

There's no movie - yet - but Bruning is on a mission to have similar injustices heard in New Zealand.

She is this year's recipient of the Robert Anderson Memorial Award by Amnesty International Tauranga Moana for outstanding contributions to human rights, peace and social justice.


A fearless might

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