Villa Maria founder Sir George Fistonich and Sir Colin Giltrap (whose name really needs no introduction) are among this year's seven inductees into the Fairfax Media New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.
In addition, former ANZ/National chief executive/TVNZ chairman/NZ Cricket chairman Sir John Anderson and New Zealand Dairy Board chairman Sir Dryden Spring received the same honour.
Three posthumous inductees have also been named:
- Mary Jane Innes, who laid the foundations for Waikato Breweries and for soft drink giant Oasis Industries – New Zealand’s largest bottling company – despite never being publicly acknowledged for her feats as a female living in the late 19th century.
- Val Barfoot and Maurice Thompson of real estate agency Barfoot and Thompson, New Zealand’s largest privately owned real estate company.
- Hugh Green, who built civil construction firm Green and McCahill with Barney McCahill, as well as the Hugh Green Foundation, which gives away $1.5m to $2m each year and has supported organisations including St Vincent De Paul Society, the Fred Hollows Foundation, Diabetes New Zealand and Medicine Mondiale.
The Hall was created in 1994 by the Young Enterprise Trust, which offers enterprise education programmes and financial literacy resources to students throughout New Zealand, to recognise New Zealanders who have made an outstanding contribution to business and society.