Matteo de Nora
Matteo de Nora CNZM is often referred to as the man who saved Team New Zealand. Compelled by his love, respect and belief in the team, he became heavily involved in ensuring its survival and ultimate success.
In addition, Matteo has contributed significantly to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, funded a fellowship for research into a cure for tinnitus, funded the Neurology Research Unit at Auckland University, and provided specialist assistance to New Zealand families in need. His funding of the Tinnitus Research Initiative in particular has facilitated the sharing of research on a global scale that will benefit generations of people to come.
In 2011, Matteo was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to yachting and private funding of neurological research.
Watch Matteo de Nora accept his award here.