Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Youngest ever winner of New Zealand’s most illustrious award

29th May 2014

Youngest ever winner of New Zealand’s most illustrious award

US-based serial digital entrepreneur Claudia Batten reigned supreme at the 2014 World Class New Zealand Awards tonight, becoming the youngest ever Supreme Award recipient at 39 years old.

Ms Batten was awarded the top honour at a black tie VIP awards ceremony held at Auckland’s Langham Hotel.

Ms Batten says a focus on building strong networks has been critical to her success.

“I made a choice early in my career to deviate from the linear and safe to instead follow a what I call the ‘squiggly path’ to an uncertain future. Great networks are what have allowed me to take that path with great success.

“It is through the connectedness and influence of networks such as World Class New Zealand and Kea that I can help influence other New Zealanders and make a contribution from anywhere in the world.”

Craig Donaldson, Global CEO of Kea New Zealand – organisers of the World Class New Zealand Awards – says Ms Batten and the five other award recipients amplify goodwill towards NZ Inc.

“Tonight we salute five Kiwis and one friend of New Zealand who, against all odds, took flight and created global success.

“Their success has been earned in workplaces far less glamorous than the world-famous sports fields and concert stages but their contribution to our country is immense and should be widely promoted to inspire others to dream big.

“These awards play a vital role in recognising their outstanding individual contributions to New Zealand’s reputation on the world stage.”

Kiwi director of the animated box office hit Shrek, Andrew Adamson, flew from Russia to receive his award for services to the creative sector. Multi-millionaire Wellingtonian businessman turned investor, Neville Jordan humbly accepted his award for services to business and investment. Surgical robotics technologist Dr Catherine Mohr was recognised for her global impact on life sciences and renowned surgical oncologist Dr Murray Brennan was recognised for his contributions to research.

World Class New Zealand also acknowledged the substantial impact American tech entrepreneur and Kiwi Landing Pad director Craig Elliott has had on New Zealand’s standing in America’s tech world, announcing him this year’s Friend of New Zealand.

The 2014 World Class New Zealand Awards were judged by an elite group of New Zealand high achievers including: Sir Tipene O’Regan, Professor Margaret Brimble, Dr Craig Nevill-Manning, Peri Drysdale, Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, Jon Mayson and Phil Veal.

Each World Class New Zealand Award winner receives a Tall Poppy statuette designed by Weta Workshop co-founder and 2009 Supreme Award winner Sir Richard Taylor.

The awards attracted many of New Zealand’s most influential people, including Prime Minister Rt. Hon. John Key, who spoke about the critical role Kea will play in the coming months and years in creating the global connections necessary to support the country’s business growth agenda.

2014 World Class New Zealand Award winners

Supreme Award: Claudia Batten
Friend of New Zealand: Craig Elliott
For services to Life Science: Dr Catherine Mohr
For services to Research and Scholarship: Dr Murray Brennan
For services to Investment and Business: Neville Jordan
For services to Film and Creative: Andrew Adamson

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Tiwai Point (And Saying “No” In Greece)

Its hard to see how Rio Tinto’s one month delay in announcing its intentions about the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter is a good sign for (a) the jobs of the workers affected or (b) for the New Zealand taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:


Half Empty: Dairy Product Prices Extend Slide To Six-Year Low

Dairy product prices continued their slide, paced by whole milk power, in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, weakening to the lowest level in six years. More>>

ALSO:

Copper Broadband: Regulator Set To Keep Chorus Pricing Largely Unchanged

The Commerce Commission looks likely to settle on a price close to its original decision on what telecommunications network operator Chorus can charge its customers, though it probably won’t backdate any update. More>>

ALSO:

Lower Levy For Safer Cars: ACC Backtracks On Safety Assessments

Dog and Lemon: “The ACC has based the entire levy system on a set of badly flawed data from Monash University. This Monash data is riddled with errors and false assumptions; that’s the real reason for the multiple mistakes in setting ACC levies.” More>>

ALSO:

Fast Track: TPP Negotiations Set To Accelerate, Groser Says

Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership will accelerate in July, with New Zealand officials working to stitch up a deal by the month's end, according to Trade Minister Tim Groser. More>>

ALSO:

Floods: Initial Assessment Of Economic Impact

Authorities around the region have compiled an initial impact assessment for the Ministry of Civil Defence, putting the estimated cost of flood recovery at around $120 million... this early estimate includes social, built, and economic costs to business, but doesn’t include costs to the rural sector. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news