The New Zealand Society is proud and delighted to announce that the 2014 winner of the UK New Zealander of the Year Award is Mr Eric Tracey. The Award was announced at the New Zealand Society’s Waitangi Day Charity Ball at The Dorchester in Mayfair, London on Friday evening, 7 February 2014 and presented by Mr Antony Price, the General Manager UK/Europe of Air New Zealand, together with His Excellency the High Commissioner for New Zealand the Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith, and Mrs Tania Bearsley the President of the New Zealand Society.
The award recognises the outstanding contribution that a New Zealand or British national has made in promoting the interests of New Zealand or New Zealanders in the United Kingdom.
Mr Eric Tracey received the 2014 Award in recognising his many contributions made to New Zealand trade/business, sporting and fundraising causes both in the UK and in New Zealand. Eric grew up in Auckland, and first came to the UK in 1973. In 1980 he became the first non-British partner in Touche Ross (Deloitte). He has been 12th man for the NZ cricket team in 2004 (and raised money for NZ and UK charities for doing so). He helped to create the UK branch of NZ Society of Accountants (NZICA), is Chair of UK Friends of Auckland University, Acting Chair Christchurch Earthquake Appeal UK, Former Chair NZTE European Beachheads Programme.
Eric will have the right to be recognised as the UK New Zealander of the Year 2014, and will receive return flights for two (2) from the UK to New Zealand, courtesy of our kind sponsors, Air New Zealand.
We also offer our congratulations to Dr Gerri Kimber and Mr Will Katene who were the runners up for the Award. Both Gerri and Will are recognised for their significant contributions made in the field of Literature and Education.
Past winners of the Award have included Bronwen Horton (Founder of the New Zealand Business Women’s Network), Kent Gardner (Chief Executive of Evans Randall and major fundraiser for the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal), Terry Smith, (Chairman of Sir Keith Park’s Memorial Campaign and Chief Executive of Fundsmith), Anna Hansen MBE (chef, restaurateur and founder of The Modern Pantry restaurant in London), Esther Kerr-Jessop QSM (founder of the London Maori cultural group, Ngati Ranana), Dr Ian Conrich, Jonathan Rennie (New Zealand war memorial architect), Susan and Tom Glynn (restaurateurs and founders of Suze in Mayfair), Peter Leslie (the founding President of the New Zealand Society in Scotland), Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas (Chairman of Policy and Resources of the City of London Corporation and the first woman Provost of King’s College, Cambridge), (The late) Harry Mahon OBE, Michael Campbell (professional golfer), The Rt. Hon. Don McKinnon (Secretary-General of the Commonwealth); Sir Mark Todd (Olympic and international equestrian even rider) and Peter Gordon ONZM (celebrity chef and restaurateur, and founder of The Providores and Kopapa restaurants).