New Zealander of the Year

Wellington architect Jonathan Rennie was named New Zealander of the Year at the annual NZ Society Waitangi Day dinner in London. The award recognises an outstanding contribution by a NZ or British national towards presenting a positive image of NZ in Britain. Rennie was honoured for his work as Athfield Architects’ London representative on the NZ memorial in Hyde Park, which was officially dedicated by the Queen on 11 November 2006. “Jonathan’s input into the project was invaluable in creating such a lasting tribute at Hyde Park Corner, which all New Zealanders can identify with and feel proud to be a kiwi,” said judge Scott Carr of Air NZ Europe. Time magazine Power 100 businessman John Buchanan and scientist Tim Drysdale, whose work is set to revolutionise airport security, both made the award’s shortlist.


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Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…