Business Hall of Fame: Nine Kiwi entrepreneurs honoured

From a chocolate-maker to rest home developers, nineNew Zealand entrepreneurs have been inducted intothe Business Hall of Fame.

They will be joining more than150business leaders alreadyin the Business Hall of Fame, including Sir Roderick Deane,William Gregg, Bendix Hallenstein and Sir James Wattie.

Sir Robert Anderson

One of three posthumous inductees, Sir Robert Anderson founded the mercantile firm J.G. Ward with Sir Joseph Ward in 1898. Today, J.G. Ward continues to operateas PGG Wrightson. He was appointed chairman of theNew Zealand Shipping Company in 1941 and held manydirectorships, including the boards of the Bank of New Zealand and the New Zealand Insurance Company.

Peri Drysdale

Peri Drysdale is the founder and chief executiveoflifestyle brand Untouched World, the world’s first fashion brandto be recognised by the UN for sustainability.A percentage of all Untouched World sales go to the Untouched World Foundation, which runs “Leadership for a Sustainable Future” programmes for young people.

Tracy Thomas Gough

Tracy Thomas Gough establishedGough, Gough and Hamerin 1929, alongsideEdgar Gough and Harry Hamer. Inthe late 1930s, Edgar and Harry left the company, leaving Tracy Gough to grow the firm into anengineering and related services group that employs about1000 people in New Zealand and Australia.

After travelling to the US, Tracy Gough secured the Caterpillar franchise,enablingGough, Gough and Hamer — later Gough Group — to becomeone of Australasia’s leading infrastructure development companies.

Kevin Hickman and John Ryder

Founded in 1984, Ryman Healthcare is New Zealand’slargest retirement village operatorand hasexpanded into Australia. Founders Kevin Hickman and John Ryder began with $10,000 each and by 1999 they had listed Ryman on the stock exchange. Hickman and Ryder ran the company until 2002, and Hickman continued as managing director until 2006, thenas a director until his retirement in 2018.

Since leavingRymanin 2002, Ryderhas co-founded audiology chain Triton Hearing and tourism company Tuatara Tours and is chairman ofprivate equity management company Direct Capital.

Brendan Lindsay

Brendan Lindsay sold hissuccessful manufacturing company Sistema in 2016 and has since continued his business career with a variety of investments,including the purchase ofCambridge Stud. Lindsayand his wife Jo have also established the Lindsay Foundation, which is involved with more than 50 New Zealand charities.

Lindsaywas made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 forservices to business.

Pāora Te Poa Karoro Morgan (Paul Morgan)

Pāora Te Poa Karoro Morgan (Paul Morgan), of Ngāti Rārua and Te Māhurehure descent,isrespected as aMāori leader, lobbyist and entrepreneur who has been at the centre of economic development and political advocacy for Māori for more than30 years.

He has been on the board of Wakatū Incorporation since 1986 and its chair since 2001, and is a former chief executive of the Federation of Māori Authorities. He holdscommercial directorships and is onvarious government-appointed advisory and industry groups.

Sir Ken Stevens

Sir Ken Stevens is the founder of Glidepath — one of the world’s leading producers of baggage handling systems.Sir Ken has a passion for helpingNew Zealand’saspiring exporters, and is involved witha 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 national chairman of Export NZ. Sir Ken was knighted in 2007 forservices to exporting.

James Henry Whittaker

James Henry Whittaker was the founder ofchocolate company Whittaker’s, which beganin Christchurch in 1896. After training in chocolate making, hebegan 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.

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