ICONIC NEW ZEALANDER OF THE YEAR NAMED
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was recently named the Iconic New Zealander of the Year at the 2012 World Class New Zealand Awards. The annual awards are a celebration of New Zealand innovators and entrepreneurs who have made significant contributions to the country’s growth and development. The Iconic New Zealander of the Year Award is a new special category launched this year at the World Class New Zealand Awards.
Kea Global board member and Chair of judges John Stace said New Zealand is proud of Kiri Te Kanawa, who has conquered the hearts of people worldwide with her beautiful voice and outstanding singing talent. “Kiri is undoubtedly an iconic New Zealander who makes us all feel proud with her magnificent success and achievements that cross international boundaries.”
Accepting the award Dame Kiri told guests that her main focus now is working with the Foundation to bring through the next generation of classical singers. She was delighted with the depth of talented singers she has been working with. To view the presentation and interview with Dame Kiri >>>
Photo caption – Left to right - David McLean, General Manager of Private Wealth and Insurance at Westpac who presented the award with Dame Kiri, Sir Don McKinnon