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Brendan Lindsay

Food Storage

Brendan Lindsay sold his highly successful manufacturing company Sistema in 2016 and has since continued his business career with investments in a number of New Zealand companies including the purchase of the iconic and world-renowned Cambridge Stud. Brendan and his wife Jo have also established the Lindsay Foundation which is involved with more than 50 New Zealand charities.

Brendan was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 for his services to business and is extremely proud to be now inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.

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James Henry Whittaker

Confectionary

James Henry Whittaker is the founder of the world class artisan chocolate company Whittaker’s. The well-established Whittaker’s brand began in Christchurch in 1896.After training in chocolate making, James Henry began making and selling chocolates to locals from his horse and cart. Whittaker moved to Wellington in 1911 with his sons Ronald and James joining him to form J.H. Whittaker and Sons. The company has experienced the good and bad, through world wars and rationing, yet the reputation for quality has only grown over the century. In 1947, James Whittaker passed away and his children took over the family passion.

Whittaker's has market leadership in the block segment of the chocolate category, which makes up the majority of the NZ Chocolate market. Whittaker’s has also been named Reader’s Digest’s ‘New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand’ 9 times in a row from 2012 to 2020.

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John Ryder & Kevin Hickman

Care & Health services

Founded in 1984, Ryman Healthcare is the largest retirement village operator in New Zealand and has now expanded into Australia. The founders Kevin Hickman and John Ryder began with $10,000 each and by 1999 listed Ryman on the stock exchange. Hickman and Ryder ran the company jointly until 2002. Kevin continued as Managing Director until 2006 then as a Director until his retirement in 2018.

Ryman Villages include resort-style facilities such as indoor swimming pools, movie theatres, and cafés. The premise of the model was that the homes and villages were somewhere they would be happy to have their mothers live.

Since stepping away from Ryman Healthcare in 2002, John has co-founded audiology chain Triton Hearing and tourism company Tuatara Tours and is chairman of leading private equity management company, Direct Capital.

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Pāora Te Poa Karoro Morgan (Paul Morgan)

Māori Enterprise

Pāora Te Poa Karoro Morgan (Paul Morgan) of Ngāti Rārua and Te Māhurehure descent, Paul Morgan is widely respected as a modern Māori leader, lobbyist and entrepreneur who has been at the centre of economic development and political advocacy for Māori for over 30 years. Morgan has had significant involvement across a wide range of sectors including nutraceutical, aquaculture, agribusiness and science.

He has been on the board of Wakatū Incorporation since 1986 and Chair since 2001, and is a former Chief Executive of the Federation of Māori Authorities. He holds several commercial directorships and is a member of various government-appointed advisory and industry groups. He is passionate about investing in and building a new future for the generations to come.

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Peri Drysdale

Fashion and manufacturing

Peri Drysdale is the founder and CEO of New Zealand lifestyle brand Untouched World, the first fashion brand in the world to be recognized by the UN for sustainability. Untouched World is living proof that being good to the planet doesn’t have to come at the cost of aesthetics, delivering the kind of luxury, quality and enduring style that has seen its clothes worn by the likes of Prince Harry, Barack Obama and our very own Jacinda Ardern.

A percentage of all Untouched World sales go to the Untouched World Foundation, which runs ‘Leadership for a Sustainable Future’ programmes for young people.

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Sir Ken Stevens

Systems Innovation

Sir Ken Stevens is the Founder of Glidepath - one of the world’s leading producers of baggage handling systems. In Glidepath’s market development Sir Ken built strong relationships in many North American, Asian, and Pacific countries. Sir Ken has a passion for ensuring the success of New Zealand’s new generation of aspiring exporters.

He has devoted himself to education, working with school students and teachers on career paths into business and exporting. Sir Ken plays a key role in a range of organisations and activities to promote New Zealand business and international co-operation including as a Board Member and Trustee of the Asia-New Zealand Foundation and as National Chairman of Export NZ. Sir Ken was knighted in 2007 for his services to exporting.

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Sir Robert Anderson

Commercial enterprises

Sir Robert Anderson was a notable businessman and philanthropist who founded the mercantile firm J.G. Ward with Sir Joseph Ward in 1898. J.G Ward continues to operate today as PGG Wrightson. For many years he served as a board member of the New Zealand Shipping Company, being appointed chairman in 1941. Sir Robert’s financial and industrial interests were manifold.

He held numerous directorships including the boards of the Bank of New Zealand and the New Zealand Insurance Company and was chairman of Nestlé and Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company, New Zealand Milk Products and Stewart Island Oyster Canneries. Sir Robert and his family are remembered today through Invercargill’s Anderson Park.

Photo Credit - Invercargill Public Art Gallery

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Tracy Thomas Gough

Engineering services

Tracy Thomas Gough established the Gough Group in 1929, alongside brothers Edgar Gough and Harry Hamer. During the late 1930s Edgar and Harry left the company, leaving Tracy to grow the firm into a wide-ranging engineering and related services group employing around 1000 people in New Zealand and Australia. The Gough Group is a diverse entity spanning several international premium brands across a wide range of sectors in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. After travelling to the US, Tracy secured the Caterpillar franchise, which enabled the launch of Gough, Gough and Hamer to become one of Australasia’s leading infrastructure development companies.

2020 Laureates

Congratulations to the outstanding 2020 laureates of the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. 

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Brendan Lindsay

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James Henry Whittaker

John Kevin

John Ryder & Kevin Hickman

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Pāora Te Poa Karoro Morgan (Paul Morgan)

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Peri Drysdale

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Sir Ken Stevens

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Sir Robert Anderson

Tracy

Tracy Thomas Gough

2020 Laureates

Congratulations to the outstanding 2020 laureates of the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. 

B Lindsay Headshot

Brendan Lindsay

Food Storage

Brendan Lindsay sold his highly successful manufacturing company Sistema in 2016 and has since continued his business career with investments in a number of New Zealand companies including the purchase of the iconic and world-renowned Cambridge Stud. Brendan and his wife Jo have also established the Lindsay Foundation which is involved with more than 50 New Zealand charities.

Brendan was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 for his services to business and is extremely proud to be now inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.

portrait mr whittaker

James Henry Whittaker

Confectionary

James Henry Whittaker is the founder of the world class artisan chocolate company Whittaker’s. The well-established Whittaker’s brand began in Christchurch in 1896.After training in chocolate making, James Henry began making and selling chocolates to locals from his horse and cart. Whittaker moved to Wellington in 1911 with his sons Ronald and James joining him to form J.H. Whittaker and Sons. The company has experienced the good and bad, through world wars and rationing, yet the reputation for quality has only grown over the century. In 1947, James Whittaker passed away and his children took over the family passion.

Whittaker's has market leadership in the block segment of the chocolate category, which makes up the majority of the NZ Chocolate market. Whittaker’s has also been named Reader’s Digest’s ‘New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand’ 9 times in a row from 2012 to 2020.

John Kevin

John Ryder & Kevin Hickman

Care & Health services

Founded in 1984, Ryman Healthcare is the largest retirement village operator in New Zealand and has now expanded into Australia. The founders Kevin Hickman and John Ryder began with $10,000 each and by 1999 listed Ryman on the stock exchange. Hickman and Ryder ran the company jointly until 2002. Kevin continued as Managing Director until 2006 then as a Director until his retirement in 2018.

Ryman Villages include resort-style facilities such as indoor swimming pools, movie theatres, and cafés. The premise of the model was that the homes and villages were somewhere they would be happy to have their mothers live.

Since stepping away from Ryman Healthcare in 2002, John has co-founded audiology chain Triton Hearing and tourism company Tuatara Tours and is chairman of leading private equity management company, Direct Capital.

Paul Morgan 2019

Pāora Te Poa Karoro Morgan (Paul Morgan)

Māori Enterprise

Pāora Te Poa Karoro Morgan (Paul Morgan) of Ngāti Rārua and Te Māhurehure descent, Paul Morgan is widely respected as a modern Māori leader, lobbyist and entrepreneur who has been at the centre of economic development and political advocacy for Māori for over 30 years. Morgan has had significant involvement across a wide range of sectors including nutraceutical, aquaculture, agribusiness and science.

He has been on the board of Wakatū Incorporation since 1986 and Chair since 2001, and is a former Chief Executive of the Federation of Māori Authorities. He holds several commercial directorships and is a member of various government-appointed advisory and industry groups. He is passionate about investing in and building a new future for the generations to come.

Peri PR pic

Peri Drysdale

Fashion and manufacturing

Peri Drysdale is the founder and CEO of New Zealand lifestyle brand Untouched World, the first fashion brand in the world to be recognized by the UN for sustainability. Untouched World is living proof that being good to the planet doesn’t have to come at the cost of aesthetics, delivering the kind of luxury, quality and enduring style that has seen its clothes worn by the likes of Prince Harry, Barack Obama and our very own Jacinda Ardern.

A percentage of all Untouched World sales go to the Untouched World Foundation, which runs ‘Leadership for a Sustainable Future’ programmes for young people.

ken stevens

Sir Ken Stevens

Systems Innovation

Sir Ken Stevens is the Founder of Glidepath - one of the world’s leading producers of baggage handling systems. In Glidepath’s market development Sir Ken built strong relationships in many North American, Asian, and Pacific countries. Sir Ken has a passion for ensuring the success of New Zealand’s new generation of aspiring exporters.

He has devoted himself to education, working with school students and teachers on career paths into business and exporting. Sir Ken plays a key role in a range of organisations and activities to promote New Zealand business and international co-operation including as a Board Member and Trustee of the Asia-New Zealand Foundation and as National Chairman of Export NZ. Sir Ken was knighted in 2007 for his services to exporting.

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Sir Robert Anderson

Commercial enterprises

Sir Robert Anderson was a notable businessman and philanthropist who founded the mercantile firm J.G. Ward with Sir Joseph Ward in 1898. J.G Ward continues to operate today as PGG Wrightson. For many years he served as a board member of the New Zealand Shipping Company, being appointed chairman in 1941. Sir Robert’s financial and industrial interests were manifold.

He held numerous directorships including the boards of the Bank of New Zealand and the New Zealand Insurance Company and was chairman of Nestlé and Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company, New Zealand Milk Products and Stewart Island Oyster Canneries. Sir Robert and his family are remembered today through Invercargill’s Anderson Park.

Photo Credit - Invercargill Public Art Gallery

Tracy

Tracy Thomas Gough

Engineering services

Tracy Thomas Gough established the Gough Group in 1929, alongside brothers Edgar Gough and Harry Hamer. During the late 1930s Edgar and Harry left the company, leaving Tracy to grow the firm into a wide-ranging engineering and related services group employing around 1000 people in New Zealand and Australia. The Gough Group is a diverse entity spanning several international premium brands across a wide range of sectors in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. After travelling to the US, Tracy secured the Caterpillar franchise, which enabled the launch of Gough, Gough and Hamer to become one of Australasia’s leading infrastructure development companies.