"This award to Mr. Kesang is to commemorate his lifelong commitment to the principles of peace by standing up for human rights and through work in multicultural education," stated the He is also a recipient of 'Unsung Heroes of Compassion' award presented by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2009.
The first Tibetan to arrive and settle in New Zealand in 1967 , Kensang has been his fellow Tibetan refugees ever since, according to media report.
Kensang has been actively spreading the awareness for the need for aid to Tibetan children. He has remained the founding chairman of Friends of Tibet (New Zealand), an organization that educates New Zealanders about the plight of the Tibetans, raises funds to educate exiled Tibetan children in India, and provides support to ex-political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet to India.
He has also served as President of the Auckland Multicultural Society.