Connect with global experts passionate about helping New Zealand businesses get ahead.

World Class New Zealand is a global network of over 300 high achievers and industry leaders who share their influence and insight to help aspirational Kiwi businesses and individuals succeed. Members are selected on their skills, experience, significant connections and influence in a broad range of sectors.

By providing access to advice and meaningful connections necessary to get to market faster and smarter, the network is a platform to promote Kiwi excellence to the world. As the World Class New Zealand network grows, so too does its importance as a strategic tool in advancing New Zealand’s international competitiveness and connectivity.

Kea also runs the World Class New Zealand Awards and the Inspire global events series.

World Class New Zealand is a New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) initiative managed by Kea.


How can the World Class New Zealand programme help you?

An introduction to a World Class New Zealand network member can open important global doors.

For a nominal fee of NZ$250, World Class New Zealand offers ambitious Kiwis the opportunity to leverage the exceptional knowledge and expertise of its network. An introduction from the right member can be the springboard your business needs to go global.

The World Class New Zealand network helps companies with Market Validation, Mentoring, Governance and Capital. Members of the World Class New Zealand network are the most connected and influential Kiwis and friends of New Zealand, ready to help you with introductions and insights into key markets.

Fill in the form on the right hand side of this page or phone +64 (0) 9 373 4057 to see how we can help your business with its international aspirations.


The World Class New Zealand Awards

The World Class New Zealand Awards celebrate our inspirational, world-leading Kiwis at home and around the world. These are New Zealand’s most prestigious  individual achievement awards, acknowledging New Zealand’s top international talent.

Established in 2003, the Awards are New Zealand’s top networking event and an opportunity to connect with New Zealand’s top business people, entrepreneurs, and political leaders who all share a vision to make New Zealand succeed.

The 2014 World Class New Zealand Awards black-tie gala dinner was held on Thursday, 29th May 2014 at The Langham, Auckland. Read a recap of the event here.

If you are interested in making a nomination for the 2015 World Class New Zealand awards, click here.


Inspire Events

Inspire is a global events series brought to you by Kea and World Class New Zealand.

Held in the world’s top business hubs, the Inspire series brings you world class speakers and prime networking opportunities with ambitious, open-minded people who champion New Zealand.

To see what Inspire events may be coming up in your region, explore Kea’s events directory.

World Class NZ Connection Service

World Class New Zealand network members are our most connected and globally influential people. The right introduction can help New Zealand businesses achieve their global ambitions. Connect with over 300 leading Kiwis now and watch your business to grow.


The right introduction can make all the difference