Former Fonterra chair Sir Henry van der Heyden is the 2013 Agri Personality.
The 2013 Allflex Agri Business Person is Kingi Smiler, Chairman of the Wairarapa Moana Incorporation.
The announcement was made the Vodafone/Federated Farmers Cream of the Crop Awards, last night.
Feds chair Bruce Wills said:
“The first of Federated Farmers awards to be announced was our own Agri Personality of the Year. This is to recognise the one outstanding personality who, over 2012/13, has influenced New Zealand farming.
“When the Board met to decide the award, Sir Henry van der Heyden was easily the one person who truly stood out over the past 12-months. While he has left Fonterra his influence and mana has not diminished.
“The final award of the evening was the key Allflex Agri Business Person of the Year.
“For this award we assembled an independent panel to review the shortlist. That shortlist was made up of Landcorp’s Chris Kelly, Wairarapa Moana Incorporation/Miraka Chairman Kingi Smiler and Dr John Baker ONZM, of Baker No-Tillage.
“It was a tough decision but Kingi Smiler’s gifted business leadership of Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, a founding shareholder in MÄori Dairy Company Miraka Limited, saw him emerge as first among equals.
“Kingi is simply put an outstanding business person, being a former partner in Ernst & Young and holding directorship across the agribusiness sphere. He is the chairman of Tairawhiti Land Development Trust and is currently a director of Mangatu Incorporation, the Wi Pere Trust and Wellington Rugby Union.
“If that is not enough he has also completed 19 Ironman competitions. . .