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2008 Winners

Winners of the 2008 World Class New Zealand Awards.

Supreme: Peri Drysdale 
Information & Communications: Rod Drury 
Creative: Phil Keoghan 
Life Sciences: Professor Garth Cooper 
Manufacturing, Design & Innovation: Maurice Prendergast 
Science, Technology & Academia: Professor Margaret Brimble 
Investment & Business: Craig Norgate 
New Thinking: Bruce Farr 
 
Supreme: Peri Drysdale
Peri Drysdale founded Snowy Peak Ltd in 1981, designing and producing high quality innovative luxury fibre blend knitwear which she subsequently exported to Europe, North America and throughout Asia and Australasia. After pioneering the development of possum fibre and wool in 1992, knitwear brand Merinomink (fine merino and possum) was established and launched in 1996 and in 1998 New Zealand lifestyle fashion brand Untouched World was established in the first of now several concept stores. In 2000 the Untouched World Foundation was set up, funded by profits from sales of Untouched World.

Information & Communications: Rod Drury
Rod Drury is an experienced serial entrepreneur and investor passionate about building a New Zealand software industry.  Rod is founder and chief executive of Xero, an NZX Software as a Service (SaaS) online accounting solution for small businesses that is operating globally. Prior to this Rod sold AfterMail to NASDAQ listed company Quest Software within 2 years of starting and is on the board of TradeMe.


Creative: Phil Keoghan
Phil Keoghan has worked in over 100 countries for more than 20 years as a motivational speaker, television host, actor, producer, and cameraman on thousands of programme episodes. His motivational book 'No Opportunity Wasted NOW' was a best seller in a number of countries and has been featured numerous times on Oprah. Phil is best known for his role as host of The Amazing Race, which has earned him five Emmy Awards and is now going into its 13th season.
 

Life Sciences: Professor Garth Cooper
Professor Garth Cooper is one of New Zealand’s foremost biological scientists and biotechnology entrepreneurs. He is currently professor of Biochemistry and Clinical Biochemistry at the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Medicine at the University of Auckland, where he also leads the Proteomics and Biomedicine Research Group. He is a Principal Investigator at the Maurice Wilkins Centre of Research Excellence for Molecular Biodiscovery and a member of the Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand and of The Endocrine Society.
 

Manufacturing, Design & Innovation: Maurice Prendergast
Maurice Prendergast has been Managing Director of Pumpkin Patch Ltd since 1993. He has held executive positions in accounting, distribution and property development in both New Zealand and Australian companies. Maurice is a director of a number of private apparel and related industry companies.




Science, Technology & Academia:
Professor Margaret Brimble
Professor Margaret Brimble holds the Chair of Organic Chemistry and is Director of New Zealand's only Medicinal Chemistry Programme in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Auckland. Professor Brimble has established an impressive international research record and was named the 2007 UNESCO-L'Oreal Women in Science Laureate in Materials Science for the Asia-Pacific region, an honour only given to the top 5 female scientists in the world. She was the first New Zealander to receive this award. In partnership with Neuren Pharmaceuticals Limited she lead the medicinal chemistry team to develop the drug NNZ-2566 that has entered human clinical trials for traumatic brain injury in a collaboration with the US Army Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
 

Investment & Business: Craig Norgate
Craig Norgate is a company director and investor with two decades' experience as a leader in New Zealand’s primary sector. He is the Chairman of PGG Wrightson Limited, and a director of New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay Limited, Westgate Port Taranaki, Aotearoa Fisheries Limited, Sealord Group Limited and DairyNZ Limited. He is a member of the Government’s Growth and Innovation Advisory Board (GIAB), and the Advisory Board for the Auckland Regional Council’s Economic Development Unit.  Mr Norgate was Chief Executive Officer of Fonterra from its formation in 2001 to July 2003, and prior to this was Chief Executive Officer of Kiwi Co-operative Dairies. He was the inaugural President of the NZ/US Council, is a past director of the New Zealand Dairy Board and New Zealand Rugby Union, and is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
 

New Thinking: Bruce Farr
Bruce Farr is the Vice President, Director and founder of Farr Yacht Design, Ltd. the world's foremost designer of racing and cruising sailboats. He has built a business that has grown over the last 26 years with great success. It includes 40 World Championships won in Farr designs and a multitude of design successes at prestigious international grand prix yachting events such as the Whitbread Round the World Race (now the Volvo Ocean Race), America's Cup, Admiral's Cup, Commodores' Cup, Kenwood Cup, Sardinia Cup, Southern Cross and many others.