Intouch : Searching for World-Class New Zealanders

Nominations have opened for the 2009 World Class New Zealand Awards.
Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise and celebrate successful New Zealanders who enhance the reputation of our country on the world stage through being truly ‘world class’.
Presented by Kea New Zealand and supported by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the awards ceremony will be held at gala dinner in Auckland on Wednesday 1 April 2009.
“As Kiwis we need to embrace success and encourage our young people to strive for success,” says Stephen Tindall, chairman of Kea New Zealand. “What better way than showcasing and honouring world-class New Zealanders?”
A winner will be celebrated in each of the following categories, along with an overall Supreme Award winner:
•Information and Communications Technology
•Creative Industries
•Research, Science, Technology and Academia
•Finance, Investment and Business Services
•New Thinking.
“We believe it’s important to recognise New Zealand’s world-class talent,” says Tim Gibson, NZTE’s chief executive.
The 2008 Awards – held earlier this year – attracted crowd of almost 600 people and recognised eight truly impressive New Zealanders. The 2008 Supreme Award winner was Peri Drysdale, CEO/founder, Snowy Peak and Untouched World, and founder of the Untouched World Charitable Foundation. She was honoured for her success in positioning Untouched World as no ordinary fashion statement but as an ethical lifestyle brand based on the best New Zealand values, plus Drysdale’s personal creative desire to contribute to positive, sustainable future for New Zealanders and the world.

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