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'World class' New Zealanders honoured

'World class' New Zealanders honoured

Icebreaker's Jeremy Moon and Douglas Pharmaceuticals' Sir Graeme Douglas are among this year's winners of the World Class New Zealand Awards.

Established in 2003, the awards honour innovators and entrepreneurs committed to enhancing the country’s global reputation, in fields ranging from business and academia to the creative arts. The nominees are evaluated against five main criteria, with a focus on promoting New Zealand internationally, building global connections and facilitating the exchange of information, knowledge and skills domestically and internationally.

Moon prevailed in the manufacturing/design/innovation category, while Douglas took out the life sciences prize.

Animation Research's Ian Taylor won the creative pool; Peter Watson of the Dwight Group won the investment and business category; Dr David Kirk of TradeMe and the Hoyts Group won the information and communications gong; Red Eagle and Just Water's Tony Falkenstein won the new thinking award and Professor Malcolm Grant of University College London won the science/technology/academic field.

The winners of a special Iconic New Zealander Award and the Supreme World Class New Zealand Award will be revealed at a gala dinner in Auckland on May 31. They will be presented with the World Class New Zealand Tall Poppy statuette designed by Sir Richard Taylor, recently named 2012 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year, and 2009 winner of the Supreme World Class New Zealand Award.

The awards are a New Zealand Trade and Enterprise initiative delivered by Kea New Zealand.