World Class NZ Awards

The World Class New Zealand Awards are New Zealand's most prestigious individual achievement awards, acknowledging the country's top international talent.

Established in 2003, the awards recognise world-leading Kiwis whose inspiring achievements are defining New Zealand's image internationally. There are plenty of Awards celebrating success in New Zealand - the key point of difference for these Awards is the celebration of global success often from Kiwis who have achieved outstanding and, in many cases, world-changing success offshore. 

World Class NZ Awards: Thursday, 21 June 2018
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Previous Years' Winners

Pippa Lady Blake Photo
Friend of New Zealand Award
Pippa Lady Blake
Founder, Sir Peter Blake Trust
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Privahini Bradoo Photo
Award Winner
Privahini Bradoo
Co-Founder and CEO, BlueOak
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Sir Rob Fenwick Photo
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Sir Rob Fenwick
Director , Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Parris Goebel Photo
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Parris Goebel
Dancer and Choreographer, The Palace Dance Studio
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Sir Peter Jackson Photo
Supreme Award
Sir Peter Jackson
Director, Screenwriter and Producer, WingNut Films
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Robert Oliver Photo
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Robert Oliver
Chef and Author, Robert Oliver Enterprises LLC
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Phil Rolston Photo
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Phil Rolston
Scientist, Herbage and Vegetable Seed Research
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Fran Lady Walsh Photo
Supreme Award
Fran Lady Walsh
Screenwriter and Producer, WingNut Films
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Ian Wright Photo
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Ian Wright
Founder and CEO, Wrightspeed Inc
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Matteo de Nora Photo
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Matteo de Nora
Team Principal, Emirates Team New Zealand
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Linda Jenkinson Photo
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Linda Jenkinson
Chairman/Founder , John Paul
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Sir Ralph Norris  Photo
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Sir Ralph Norris
Chairman, Fletcher Building
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Sarah Robb-O'Hagan Photo
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Sarah Robb-O'Hagan
CEO, Equinox
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Sir Mark Solomon Photo
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Sir Mark Solomon
Chairman, Ngāi Tahu
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Peter Yealands Photo
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Peter Yealands
Founder, Yealands
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Rt Hon Helen Clark Photo
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Rt Hon Helen Clark
Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
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Audette Exel Photo
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Audette Exel
Founder, Adara Group
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Beatrice Faumuina Photo
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Beatrice Faumuina
Trade Commissioner Consul General, NZTE
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Victoria Ransom Photo
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Victoria Ransom
Director of Product, Google Inc.
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Tan Sri Halim Saad Photo
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Tan Sri Halim Saad
Executive Chairman, Markmore Group
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Dr Swee Tan Photo
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Dr Swee Tan
Founder/Executive Director, Gillies McIndoe Research Institute
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Andrew Adamson Photo
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Andrew Adamson
Film Director, US
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Claudia Batten Photo
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Claudia Batten
Regional Director North America, NZTE
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Professor Sir Murray Brennan Photo
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Professor Sir Murray Brennan
Professor, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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Craig Elliot Photo
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Craig Elliot
Co-founder/CEO, Pertino
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Sir Neville Jordan Photo
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Sir Neville Jordan
Executive Chairman, Endeavour Capital
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Dr Catherine Mohr Photo
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Dr Catherine Mohr
Vice President, Strategy, Intuitive Surgical
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Bill Buckley Photo
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Bill Buckley
Founder/Managing Director, Buckley Systems
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Dr Doug Cleverley Photo
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Dr Doug Cleverley
Founder/Managing Director, Argenta
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Rob Fyfe Photo
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Rob Fyfe
CEO, Icebreaker
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Judith Hanratty Photo
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Judith Hanratty
Chairperson, Commonwealth Education Trust
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Andrew Holden Photo
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Andrew Holden
Head of Communications, Cricket Australia
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Annabel Langbein Photo
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Annabel Langbein
CEO, Annabel Langbein Media
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Geraldine McBride Photo
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Geraldine McBride
Founder/CEO, MyWave
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Hon Sir Don McKinnon  Photo
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Hon Sir Don McKinnon
Independent International Affairs Professional, NZ
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Dr Sean Simpson Photo
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Dr Sean Simpson
Chief Scientific Officer/Co-founder, LanzaTech
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Professor Sir Paul Callaghan Photo
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Professor Sir Paul Callaghan
Founder, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
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Sir Graeme Douglas Photo
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Sir Graeme Douglas
Founder, Douglas Pharmaceuticals
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Tony Falkenstein  Photo
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Tony Falkenstein
CEO, Just Water International
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Professor Sir Malcolm Grant  Photo
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Professor Sir Malcolm Grant
Chairperson, NHS England
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David Kirk Photo
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David Kirk
Co-founder/Managing Partner, Bailador
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Jeremy Moon Photo
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Jeremy Moon
Founder/Managing Director, Icebreaker
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Ian Taylor Photo
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Ian Taylor
Founder/Executive Director, Animation Research Limited
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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Photo
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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Founder, Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation
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Hon Dr Peter Watson Photo
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Hon Dr Peter Watson
President/CEO, Dwight Group
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Michael Boustridge Photo
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Michael Boustridge
CEO/President, Ciber
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Lord Charles Denman Photo
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Lord Charles Denman
Businessman and Philanthropist, UK-NZ
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Emeritus Professor Bob Elliott Photo
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Emeritus Professor Bob Elliott
Medical Director, Living Cell Technologies
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Sir George Fistonich Photo
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Sir George Fistonich
Founder/Owner, Villa Maria Estate
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Dr Howard Harper Photo
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Dr Howard Harper
Pioneering Medical Missionary, Central Asia
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Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas Photo
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Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas
Trustee, Urban Land Institute
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Sam Morgan Photo
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Sam Morgan
Founder, TradeMe
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Dame Anne Salmond Photo
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Dame Anne Salmond
Distinguished Professor, University of Auckland
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Dr Michael Stedman Photo
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Dr Michael Stedman
Managing Director, National History New Zealand
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Sir Ron Carter Photo
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Sir Ron Carter
Chair, Beca
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Mark D'Arcy Photo
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Mark D'Arcy
Vice President/Chief Creative Officer, Facebook Creative Shop
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Dr Jilly Evans  Photo
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Dr Jilly Evans
Co-founder/ Chief Scientific Officer, PharmAkea Therapeutics
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Sir Richard Faull Photo
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Sir Richard Faull
Director, Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland
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Sir Bill Gallagher Photo
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Sir Bill Gallagher
CEO/Chairperson, Gallagher Group
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Ian McCrae Photo
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Ian McCrae
Founder/CEO, Orion Health
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Julian Robertson Photo
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Julian Robertson
Founder, Tiger Management
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Dr Kerry Spackman Photo
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Dr Kerry Spackman
Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur
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Professor Ian Witten Photo
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Professor Ian Witten
Professor, University of Waikato
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Sir Ray Avery  Photo
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Sir Ray Avery
Founder/CEO, Medicine Mondiale
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Sir John Buchanan Photo
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Sir John Buchanan
Executive Director & CFO, BP
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Jane Hunter Photo
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Jane Hunter
Managing Director, Hunters Wine
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Professor Peter Hunter Photo
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Professor Peter Hunter
Founder/Director, Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence
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Phillip Mills Photo
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Phillip Mills
Founder/CEO, Les Mills
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Dr Craig Nevill-Manning Photo
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Dr Craig Nevill-Manning
Chief Technology Officer, Sidewalk Labs
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Sir Richard Taylor Photo
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Sir Richard Taylor
Co-Founder/Co-Director, Weta Workshop
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Karen Walker Photo
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Karen Walker
Founder, Karen Walker
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Professor Margaret Brimble Photo
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Professor Margaret Brimble
Distinguished Professor/Chairperson, Organic Chemistry
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Professor Garth Cooper Photo
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Professor Garth Cooper
Professor, University of Auckland
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Rod Drury Photo
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Rod Drury
Founder/CEO, Xero
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Peri Drysdale Photo
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Peri Drysdale
Founder/CEO, Untouched World
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Bruce Farr Photo
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Bruce Farr
Founder, Farr Yacht Design
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Phil Keoghan Photo
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Phil Keoghan
Television Producer/Presenter, The Amazing Race
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Craig Norgate Photo
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Craig Norgate
Former CEO, Fonterra
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Maurice Prendergast Photo
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Maurice Prendergast
Former CEO, Comvita New Zealand and Pumpkin Patch
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Dr John Bedbrook Photo
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Dr John Bedbrook
Vice President , DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology
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Sir Paul Callaghan Photo
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Sir Paul Callaghan
Physicist, Entrepreneur
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Sir John Hood Photo
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Sir John Hood
CEO, The Robertson Foundation
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Sir Ralph Norris Photo
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Sir Ralph Norris
Chairperson, Contact Energy, Fletcher Building, RANQX Holdings
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Brian Peace Photo
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Brian Peace
Founder/CEO, BrashTech
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Kevin Roberts Photo
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Kevin Roberts
Founder, Red Rose Consulting
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Geoff Ross Photo
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Geoff Ross
CEO, Moa Brewing Company
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Professor Mark Billinghurst Photo
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Professor Mark Billinghurst
Director, Human Interface Technology Lab
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Sir Peter Gluckman Photo
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Sir Peter Gluckman
Chief Science Advisor, New Zealand Government
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Brent Hansen Photo
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Brent Hansen
Non-Executive Director, Southbank Centre
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Chris Liddell Photo
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Chris Liddell
Assistant to the US President and Director of Strategic Initiatives, American Government
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Professor Alan Macdiarmid Photo
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Professor Alan Macdiarmid
Blanchard Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
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Dr Simon Moroney Photo
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Dr Simon Moroney
Co-Founder/CEO, MorphoSys AG
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Sir Ken Stevens Photo
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Sir Ken Stevens
Founder/ Executive Chairperson, Glidepath Group
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Dr Richard Mander Photo
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Dr Richard Mander
Executive VP Engineering Operations, ikeGPS
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Andrew Lark Photo
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Andrew Lark
Chief Marketing and Business Officer, Xero
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Established in 2003, the awards recognise world-leading Kiwis whose inspiring achievements are defining New Zealand's image internationally.  The Awards are New Zealand’s premiere networking event and an opportunity to connect with New Zealand business people, entrepreneurs and political leaders who all share a vision to make New Zealand succeed. 

The Supreme Award honours a person whom has shown exceptional talent, leadership and character at the highest level and who exhibits qualities of character who New Zealanders strongly revere. Our Friend of New Zealand award recognises the significant contribution made to our country by someone who is not a New Zealand citizen. 

The purpose of the World Class New Zealand Awards is to inspire New Zealanders by celebrating world-leading, world-changing Kiwis. Nominees should be remarkable people, exceptional achievers whose stories will inspire and motivate New Zealanders.

Typically this will be indicated by a sustained history of achievement at the highest level, demonstrating qualities such as imagination and creativity, innovativeness and ingenuity, tenacity and determination to succeed against all odds. Merely being successful in their chosen career is not a sufficient qualification; the nominee’s life’s work should be world-leading and, at least potentially, world-changing too.

Other criteria that the judges may take into account include the nominee’s track record of:

- Increasing New Zealand’s global connectedness through the exchange of information, knowledge, skills or access to networks.

- Being a role model, exhibiting personal qualities that New Zealanders revere.

- Promoting New Zealand and New Zealand’s values internationally, creating a positive international image and reputation for the nation.

Nominations are managed with a high degree of confidentially. We never make contact with nominees, and we recommend that the nominee is not made aware of his/her nomination, in order to avoid disappointment in the event that the nomination is unsuccessful.

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