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Global Search For World-Class New Zealanders

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Global Search For World-Class New Zealanders

13 October 2008 - Nominations are now open for entry to the highly prestigious 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'.

``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?''

Presented by Kea New Zealand and supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the awards ceremony will be held at a gala dinner in Auckland on Wednesday 1 April 2009.

Nominees will be evaluated against five criteria, namely how they:  facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge or skills from and about New Zealand  foster New Zealand innovation and entrepreneurship  act as a role model on the world stage  promote New Zealand internationally  build global connections with New Zealand.

A winner will be celebrated in each of the following categories, along with an overall Supreme Award winner:  Information and Communications Technology  Creative Industries  Biotechnology  Manufacturing  Research, Science, Technology & Academia  Finance, Investment & Business Services  New Thinking

``At New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, 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 a crowd of almost 600 people and recognised eight truly impressive New Zealanders.

The 2008 Supreme Award winner, Peri Drysdale (CEO/Founder, Snowy Peak & Untouched World; Founder, Untouched World Charitable Foundation), 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 Peri's personal creative desire to contribute to a positive, sustainable future for New Zealanders and the world.

Seven other outstanding New Zealanders were also recognised within their industry specialties at the 2008 Awards:  Maurice Prendergast - Manufacturing  Rod Drury - Information & Communications Technology  Phil Keoghan - Creative Industries  Professor Garth Cooper - Biotechnology  Professor Margaret Brimble - Research, Science, Technology & Academia  Craig Norgate - Finance, Investment & Business Services  Bruce Farr - New Thinking

The 2009 event promises to attract nominations to rival the 2008 winners.

Nominations for the 2009 World Class New Zealand Awards close on 24 October, 2008. These can be made through the Kea website at or by emailing

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