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Kea founders and humble humanitarian honoured at World Class New Zealand Awards 2011

KEA World Class New Zealanders 2011

On Kea New Zealand’s tenth anniversary, its founders Sir Stephen Tindall and Dr David Teece were honoured at the World Class New Zealand Awards 2011 held in April in Auckland.

An audience of over 600 international business people, senior Ministers and officials paid tribute to the founding directors, whose vision was vital to the successful establishment of Kea.

The annual black-tie event honoured nine Award recipients including seven of New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs and innovators who have excelled at the highest levels in their chosen field, and also the Supreme and Friend of NZ Awardees. This year’s Supreme Award was presented to Ophthalmologist Dr Howard Harper.

Dr Harper has dedicated his life to restoring sight to tens of thousands of people in some of the most hostile countries in the world and is one of New Zealand’s greatest, yet least known humanitarians.

For only the second time, a ‘Friend of New Zealand’ award was presented to the Rt Hon Lord Denman, a non-New Zealander who is working to build global connections and support New Zealand businesses internationally.

World Class New Zealand Awards 2011

The awards, which are presented by Kea New Zealand and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, aim to recognise extraordinary New Zealanders who have made significant contributions to the country’s growth and development.

Nominees for the awards are evaluated against five main criteria, with the focus on promoting New Zealand internationally, building global connections, and facilitating the exchange of information, knowledge and skills from and about the country.

The category winners of the 2011 World Class New Zealand Awards are:

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