Media Release - 11 August 2010

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Clare Farrant
Senior Communications Manager
+64 274 899 700

2010 New Zealand Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalists announced

Auckland, 12 AUGUST 2010 – 15 of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs have made it through to the finals in New Zealand’s leading business awards, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®. The finalists represent a cross section of industries throughout New Zealand.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists for 2010 are:


Name Company Region
Andrew Turner Nautech Electronics Auckland
Cameron Mehlhopt Wellington
Craig Carr Winslow Limited Ashburton
Daniel Robertson Auckland
David McKee Wright Sealegs International Limited Auckland
Garth MacIntyre Portion Pack Foods Limited Upper Hutt
Hamish Nuttall Auckland
Ian Douglas The Village Goldsmith and The Inspired Collection Wellington
Jim Brodie Soltius New Zealand Limited Wellington
John Woodham Woodhams Limited Rangiora
Katherine Corich Sysdoc Wellington
Sebastian Stapleton Mastagard Christchurch
Steve Brooks My Group Christchurch
Tim Alpe JUCY Auckland
Tony Armstrong Power System Consultants New Zealand Limited Wellington

In the past five years these awards have recognised the people behind fast-growth, innovative businesses such as Diane Foreman - Emerald Group, Michael Hill - Michael Hill International, Ashley Berrysmith - Fresh Cuts NZ, Sir George Fistonich - Villa Maria, and Richard Taylor - Weta Workshop.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award’s Director, Jon Hooper, said this year’s awards celebrate people with unflinching determination to succeed despite the most challenging economic times.

“All of these finalists are success stories. They are passionate, disciplined and hard working people who have faced setbacks and hardship like anyone else in the current economy, but they have unique qualities that set them apart. As well as their obvious entrepreneurial talents and expertise they show courage and determination and they never give up,” says Hooper.

“We wish each of the finalists all the best in the coming months as category winners are chosen, and the overall winner is selected by the judges.”

Category winners will be announced on Friday, 10 September 2010.

New Zealand’s 2010 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year will be announced at an award banquet on Thursday,  21 October 2010.

The overall winner will represent New Zealand, competing against entrepreneurs from more than 140 cities in 50 countries at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Monte Carlo in May 2011.

The 2010 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards judging panel comprises:

  • Greg Cross, Cross Ventures
  • David Johnson, Trends International
  • Bill Day, Seaworks Limited
  • Erica Crawford, Tentpole Holdings
  • John Hynds, Hynds Pipes

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About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.


The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® global program has been running since 1986, and in New Zealand since 1997. Entrants are assessed on their innovation, integrity, influence, strategic direction and national/global impact by a leading panel of independent judges. Their relationships with their local communities are also taken into account.

The overall winner of the New Zealand Entrepreneur Of The Year® is invited to represent New Zealand at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award held annually in Monte Carlo.

About EY

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EY refers to the global organisation of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients.

This news release has been issued by EY New Zealand, a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.