INTOUCH : World Class 2010

Nominations are open for next year’s KEA World Class New Zealand Awards – and there’s new category to recognise non-Kiwis who act as ambassadors promoting and celebrating this country on the world stage.
Since the annual awards kicked off six years ago, they have highlighted both the range and depth of talent that’s emerged from this country to lead developments in spheres ranging from business and science to the creative arts around the world. People like Richard Taylor (film/special effects), John Hood (academia) and Peri Drysdale (sustainable fashion) are amongst those who’ve earned the accolade of “supreme award” winner.
Created by KEA with NZ Trade and Enterprise, the awards will next year be made in eight categories (New Thinking; Friend of New Zealand; Biotechnology; Creative Industries; Finance, Investment and Business Services; Information and Communications Technology; Manufacturing; and, Research, Science, Technology and Academia) plus the Supreme Award winner.
Nominees are evaluated against five main criteria with focus on promoting New Zealand internationally, building global connections and facilitating the exchange of information, knowledge and skills from and about the country. The judging panel for 2010 includes Stephen Tindall, Jon Mayson, John Stace, Peter Gluckman, Jane Hunter and Rod Drury.
Nominations close October 15. The awards will be presented at gala dinner on 24 March 2010. More information and nomination forms available at www.keanewzealand.com.

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