New Zealander Of The Year: Mittens The Cat A Candidate
Mittens, the cat, is an icon in New Zealand. Mittens, originally from the suburbs of Auckland but really became a social media star when he, his brother Latte, and their owner, Silvio Bruinsma, moved to the capital city. According to Mittens' Wikipedia page, since moving to the capital city, Mittens' been featured on the 2018 edition of the Wellington Advent Calendar, was given the Key to the City of Wellington and was the subject of an exhibition at the Wellington Museum.
Quite the accomplishments! Mittens' is so famous, he can proudly join the ranks of New Zealand's other treasures -- Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor.
Mittens also has a private Facebook group called, "The Wondrous Adventures of Mittens," with over 50k followers all who track Mittens' daily activities around the town. Mittens walks freely around town and the entire town worships him, posing for pictures and calling him "Your Highness."
"Was feeling a bit off this morning and nearly called in sick. Glad I didn’t because today was the day His Royal Highness decided to grace my humble desk with a long nap… and then he helped himself to my water. Best. Day. Ever.--
As he was sleeping he left a puddle of drool on my paperwork. Framing that, obvs.""
"Mittens came for his 2nd visit to Kitomba within a week. We're on the 7th floor in Eagle Tech House Victoria St. As you can see, his royal highness is holding an audience with his round table... Never seen a group of guys be so smitten"