Magazine article New Zealand Management

Celebrating World-Class Kiwis

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Celebrating World-Class Kiwis

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Busy, energetic people who want to give something back. That's how judge Mai Chen describes the winners of this year's Kea World Class New Zealand Awards.

The 2008 Awards--at which winners in seven different categories will be recognised and the name of the supreme winner revealed--take place in Auckland later this month. They pay homage to a group of individuals who have made major contributions to New Zealand's success on the world stage.

Chen says she was more than happy to join the judging panel when requested by Kea chair Stephen Tindall as her own family arrived in New Zealand in 1970 with nothing and received help from others, so it's only natural and right to give something back.

"It's the opposite of [Pirates of the Caribbean hero] Captain Jack Sparrow and the pirates' creed to take everything you can and give nothing back," Chen says.

Speaking on the day of Sir Ed Hillary's funeral, she said while the country had buried a hero that day, it was important New Zealanders know there are other heroes and role models out there.

"These are all busy people but they still want to give something back," Chen said, adding that it's good to have things to celebrate. …

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