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, 22 June 2017
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Previous Years' Winners

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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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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