Kea World Class New Zealand Award Winners 2021
Every year at the World Class Awards Kea recognises a diverse range of Kiwi and friends of New Zealand who through the impact of their work, leadership and philanthropy raise New Zealand’s mana globally.
This year is no different with an outstanding group awarded that are contributing to New Zealand’s economic, social and cultural development.
Kea is delighted to announce the six new World Class New Zealand and Friend of New Zealand Award winners for 2021.
SUPREME AWARD WINNER
Peter Cooper is a visionary leader with a reputation for iconic projects throughout the US, New Zealand and the world. He is best known in New Zealand for developments such as Auckland’s Britomart Restoration project and Northland project, The Landing, which involved the extensive creation of wetlands, native bush and preserving areas of high archaeological value.
FRIEND OF NEW ZEALAND AWARD WINNER
James and Suzy Amis Cameron
Renowned filmmaker James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron weren’t born here, but nonetheless, epitomise our mana and our Kiwi values.
With a real passion for New Zealand, the Camerons have helped facilitate and grown New Zealand’s global connectedness and have used their international networks for the betterment of our land and its people – advocating for our country with passion and pride.
Anna Fifield won fame for her exclusive access and insights into the secretive world of North Korea and Kim Jong-un, but her career as a journalist saw her reporting from all over the world.
Fiercely ambitious and proudly Kiwi she succeeded in upholding the highest journalistic standards in renowned publications returning to New Zealand last year to continue her career.
Neil Ieremia and his dance company Black Grace have been telling our stories for 25 years, exposing our creative talent and exploding stereotypes about New Zealand and its place in the world. Taking Samoan culture and rugby’s intensity and gave the world a new movement that is explosive, dramatic and an expression of soaring athleticism.
Jane Henley has been a global visionary in sustainable and green building standards and economics for more than 25 years, influencing business, finance and Government action in both developed and developing nations.
We’re pleased that she’s home to help plan a better future for New Zealand
Prof. Graham Le Gros
Could New Zealand become a global leader in cancer immunotherapy and vaccine development? Professor Graham Le Gros, Director of the Malaghan Institute, believes we can. And he’s leading ground-breaking research in therapies that harness the power of the human immune system. What drives him? Changing health outcomes for people, both here and all over the world.
Oscar® nominated producer, and award-winning filmmaker Chelsea Winstanley tells the unique stories of Aotearoa with a direct approach that blends courage, humility and aroha.
Drawing her strength from her identity and whakapapa, she has worked tirelessly to not only advance women in film, but to advocate for stories from Aotearoa that are authentic and showcase our unique cultural perspectives.
Thank you 2021 Kea World Class Awards sponsors and supporters
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