The 2019 Kea World Class New Zealand Awards celebrated incredible achievements by outstanding Kiwis on the world stage. Held at the SKYCITY Convention Centre, the sold-out black-tie gala was a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s top talent. This year, we honoured eight Kiwis and Friends of New Zealand who are showing the world that our nation’s spirit extends far beyond its size.
WCNZ Award winner Tim Brown is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of sustainable material innovation company Allbirds, launched in 2016. Tim is being acknowledged for his commitment to sustainable fashion and innovative business practices, including creating a revolutionary category of footwear using natural materials such as New Zealand merino wool.
US private equity investor and business leader Ric Kayne has been named as the 2019 Kea Friend of New Zealand. Ric is being celebrated for his significant contribution to New Zealand’s people, economy and tourism sector via his work to establish Aotearoa as a world class golfing destination, and ongoing partnerships with Northland iwi.