Good people, good businesses


The finalists for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year are:

Dr Sharad Paul Auckland :

 Dr Paul is a medical doctor who’s Skin Surgery Clinic gives free skin cancer checks every year and offers treatment for the fraction of the cost of other specialists. In 2010 he invented the first new skin graft technique for 100 years that cuts costs, pain and healing time for patients. He has also just developed the first skin cream range dedicated for brown skin. In addition to his medical achievements, he runs an award winning bookstore and uses all of its proceeds to fund literacy programs in low decile Auckland schools, with the aim of helping children to “dream with their eyes wide open”. In the words of his nominator, “he is one of the most inspiring, intelligent and compassionate men you are likely to meet”.

Sir Richard Taylor Wellington:

 Richard Taylor is an extraordinary New Zealander. He has set a shining example by being a global player in the international movie industry, but decidedly choosing to base himself in New Zealand. His company Weta, is a huge success, employing well over 1000 people and will annual revenues in the 100s of millions per annum. But most importantly, Richard is a passionate and articulate New Zealander, committed to this country, and committed to showing New Zealanders that we can do it here. Let me quote “Why shouldn’t it be us? We stay here firmly in Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand, first because we are New Zealanders and this is our home and I don’t believe I would work in this sector, in this field, if I had to work somewhere else. This is where I want to work and you couldn’t hope to work anywhere more fulfilling”.
Richard is an intensely decent man. He is committed to his family. Despite his enormous list of Hollywood successes and multiple Oscars, the work he is most proud of is the TV series “Jane and the Dragon”, whose message is “girls can do anything”. He is humble and unassuming and yet passionate and articulate. He has a strong vision for New Zealand as a place of talent where we develop and earn from our own intellectual property.
 For more about Richard read Sir Paul Callaghan’s (2011 New Zealander of the Year) interview with him in his book “Wool to Weta”. The man is a legend who shows us all how it can be done while remaining true to our Kiwi values.

Dame Suzie Moncrieff Nelson
Sculptor Suzie Moncrieff’s ingenious 1987 promotion of an art gallery in Nelson has grown to become one of the world’s most prestigious art and design competitions.

The World of Wearable Art™ is a theatrical spectacle for colour, music, dance and art that has migrated from walls to the moving human body. Each year this highlight of the New Zealand cultural calendar surprises amuses and astounds sell out audiences. It also promotes and showcases New Zealand to the world as a place of inspiration and creativity.

Suzie Moncrieff, the creative visionary and founder of this unique concept has dedicated the past 25 years to the realisation of her dream to make this an international arts competition celebrated right here in New Zealand. She has worked tirelessly to break down the barriers and make art accessible to all.

Alongside that she has focused on educating people on the importance of the quality of the work being ‘world class’ resulting in designers and artists from all around New Zealand and the globe entering. This combination of creativity and education has enhanced individuals self-belief and led them to create art works that have brought joy and inspiration to more than 250,000 people thought the world over the last 10 years.

The winner will be annoucnced on February 16th.

Apropos of celebrating success, the finalists in the New Zealand international business awards are:

Best Business Operating Internationally –Under $10m

ASPEQ (Wellington);  BioVittoria (Hamilton); Energy Mad (Christchurch); Escea  (Dunedin); Fastmount (Auckland).               

Best Business Operating Internationally – $10m-$50m

Altitude Aerospace Interiors  (Auckland); Canary Enterprises (Hamilton); EasiYo Products  (Auckland); Les Mills International  (Auckland); Trilogy Advanced Natural Skincare   (Wellington);  Triodent  (Katikati); Vista Entertainment Solutions             (Auckland).

Best Business Operating Internationally –Over $50m

BCS   (Auckland); Buckley Systems  (Auckland); Christchurch Engine Centre               (Christchurch); Downer NZ  (Tauranga); Orion Health (Auckland); Rakon (Auckland); SKOPE (Christchurch); Tait Electronics (Christchurch); Westland Milk Products (Hokitika)


Supported by the Ministry of Science and Innovation

Best Use of Research and Development in International Business

Downer NZ (Auckland); Energy Mad  (Christchurch); Seperex  (Dunedin); Technopak (Auckland); Westland Milk Products  (Hokitika).

Best Commercialisation of Intellectual Property in International Business

Burger Fuel  (Auckland); Everedge IP   (Auckland); Westland Milk Products (Hokitika)

Best Use of Design in International Business

ASPEQ  (Wellington); Canary Enterprises    (Hamilton); Energy Mad (Christchurch); Sistema Plastics (Auckland); Triodent  (Katikati).

Most Innovative Business Model in International Business

Burger Fuel  (Auckland); Energy Mad  (Christchurch); GMP Pharmaceuticals           (Auckland)

Winners will be announced on March 21st.

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