Highlights from Kea's WCNZ Awards 2017

The World Class New Zealand Awards are New Zealand's most prestigious individual achievement awards, Kea’s World Class New Zealand Awards recognise inspirational, world leading Kiwis and friends who are making outstanding contributions to New Zealand’s economic, social and cultural development.

2017 was another spectacular awards night held at a sold-out Viaduct Events Centre. The black-tie gala dinner was a golden opportunity to meet and network with New Zealand’s most influential business people, entrepreneurs and Government leaders.

9 winners were celebrated this year:

  • Barfoot & Thompson’s World Class New Zealand Award was awarded to Robert Oliver, chef, author and founder of Robert Oliver Enterprises LLC, due to his contribution to the culinary industry, through the promotion of Pacific culture, and his international humanitarian work. 
  • ASB’s World Class New Zealand Award was awarded to Ian Wright, founder and CEO of Wrightspeed Inc., and co-founder of Tesla, for his influence and contribution to the electric transportation industry.
  • KPMG World Class New Zealand Award was awarded to, Dr Privahini Bradoo, co-founde’sr and CEO of BlueOak, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, for her leadership in the discovery of how to convert e-waste into a sustainable source of critical metals for the technologies of tomorrow.
  • Prestige Consulting’s World Class New Zealand Award was awarded to Dr. Phil Rolston, a Scientist in Herbage and Vegetable Seed Research, his work in addressing the issue of world poverty, through his scientific discovery of method for growing crops in arid areas.
  • ATEED and Auckland Council’s World Class New Zealand Award was awarded to Sir Rob Fenwick, currently Director of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, for his extensive contribution in the fields of environmental sustainability and natural heritage.
  • Spark’s World Class New Zealand Award was awarded to Parris Goebel, champion dancer and choreographer, for her international success, coupled with her efforts to inspire Kiwi youth.
  • Air New Zealand’s Friend of New Zealand Award went to Pippa Lady Blake, founder of the Sir Peter Blake Trust a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to continuing her late husband’s legacy, and inspiring the next generation of Kiwi leaders, adventurers and environmentalists.
  • AUT’s Supreme Award went to filmmakers Sir Peter Jackson and Lady Fran Walsh, the first time the top honour was held by joint recipients.
“Fran and Peter are two of New Zealand's biggest household names, both locally and around the globe. They're quiet achievers, who, despite having achieved phenomenal success within their industry, remain two of the most charmingly humble people you could ever hope to meet. Their work has continually showcased our beautiful country to the world - serving not only to drive our reputation as a top tourist destination, but also as a location of choice for the film industry." said Kea New Zealand chief executive Craig Donaldson.

Kea award winners