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Congratulations, Rachel Taulelei ONZM. The CEO of Kono NZ, former NZ Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles and recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award is the second of our 2019 World Class New Zealand Award winners. Kea’s Awards recognise inspirational, world leading Kiwis and friends who are making outstanding contributions to New Zealand’s economic, social and cultural development. Rachel will be celebrated on the night of Thursday 20 June 2019, 6.30 pm, at the SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre.

 

 


Who is Rachel Taulelei?

  • Chief Executive Officer of Māori-owned, top 100 New Zealand food and beverage company, Kono NZ
  • Founder of sustainable seafood company, Yellow Brick Road
  • Recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award
  • Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to food and hospitality
  • 2018 recipient of the Māori Women Business Leader Award, as part of the University of Auckland’s Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards
  • Member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council
  • Part of the Kea World Class New Zealand network

 

Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rārua) is CEO of Kono NZ. Kono is a Māori-owned, top 100 New Zealand food and beverage company employing over 450 staff, farming more than 1000ha of land and sea, and exporting to over 25 countries. Their brands include Tohu, Kono and Aronui wines, Tutū cider, Kono mussels, Kiwa oysters, and Annies fruit bars. Kono also grows apples, pears, kiwifruit and hops, and is involved in sustainable seafood through its business Yellow Brick Road.

Kono is an associated business of Wakatū Incorporation. Based in Nelson, Wakatū has over 4,000 shareholder families who descend from the original Māori land owners of the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay regions located within Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island.

Founder of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road, Rachel was formerly NZ Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles. She is a fierce advocate of New Zealand’s primary industry and has spent 20 years promoting Aotearoa as a world-class producer of food and beverages.

Rachel has received the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to food and hospitality. In 2018, Rachel was named Māori Woman Business Leader at the prestigious University of Auckland Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards, and she presently sits on the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.

Her governance experience includes Moana NZ, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, New Zealand Wine Growers, Aquaculture New Zealand, the Young Enterprise Trust, and Sir Peter Blake Trust
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TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT FOR THE 2019 WORLD CLASS NEW ZEALAND AWARDS

New Zealand’s most prestigious individual achievement awards, Kea’s World Class New Zealand Awards recognise inspirational, world leading Kiwis and friends who are making outstanding contributions to New Zealand’s economic, social and cultural development.

A spectacular night of brilliance and celebration, the awards are a golden opportunity to meet and network with New Zealand’s most influential business people, entrepreneurs and Government leaders.

Tickets to this black-tie gala dinner are now sold out, but you can join the waitlist and we will advise you of any additional tickets.
 The Awards will take place on Thursday 20 June 2019, 6.30 pm, at the SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, 88 Federal St, Auckland.

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