Bill Buckley

Bill Buckley

Engineering veteran and leader Bill Buckley is the founder and Managing Director of Buckley Systems Limited – the world’s leading supplier of ion beam physics hardware, high vacuum equipment and precision electromagnets. Buckley Systems’ products are used in the manufacture of silicon chips, high end mechanical machinery, and particle accelerators.

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Dame Trelise Cooper

Dame Trelise Cooper

Dame Trelise Cooper is one of New Zealand's most successful and internationally accomplished fashion designers.  She believes fashion is The Theatre of Dreams; and celebrating all that it means to be a woman is at the forefront of her renowned, highly elaborate, and spectacular fashion.  The Trelise Cooper style is born out of the adventurous New Zealand spirit and embraces the quirkiness and originality that comes with living at the edge of the world. 

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Alan Gibbs

Alan Gibbs

Alan Gibbs is an entrepreneur, adventurer, merchant banker, philanthropist and art collector. He is the founder of Gibbs Amphibians Limited, and the owner of the famous Gibbs Farm in Kaipara Harbour, Auckland.

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Graeme and Craig Turner

Graeme and Craig Turner

Brothers Graeme and Craig are the third generation of Turners to run Sleepyhead, a family business that started in a tin shed and has become one of NZ’s most trusted brands. Sleepyhead was born in 1935, when Arthur Mudd began a business making kapok (natural seed fibre) mattresses in a small factory shed in Auckland. He was joined by Graeme and Craig’s grandfather Sidney Turner, an electrician, who took a half share after Mudd was unable to pay his bills. 

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James Dilworth (1815 - 1894)

James Dilworth (1815 - 1894)

Born in 1815 in Northern Ireland, he was educated at the Royal School Dungannon. His great Aunt Anne Dilworth afforded him this opportunity, which subsequently led to his working in the Northland Bank in the town of Dungannon. It was here that James began developing the astute business acumen that would be fundamental to his prosperous career.

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Elspeth Kennedy (1931 - 2017)

Elspeth Kennedy (1931 - 2017)

Pioneering businesswoman Elspeth Kennedy was born in Invercargill and lived in her Grandparents house along with her Great Grandfather. She remembers the multigenerational family home as a happy one where she was encouraged to read, and learn music.

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Tony Nightingale (1939 - 2003)

Tony Nightingale (1939 - 2003)

Resene was started in 1946 by Eastbourne builder, Ted Nightingale, a concrete enthusiast who needed an alkali resistant paint to cover his concrete buildings. With nothing available at the time, in typical kiwi style he developed his own in a cement mixer in his garage. In response to demand from other builders, Ted commenced producing his paint on a commercial basis under the name Stipplecote, later launching the first NZ waterborne paint under the brand name ‘Resene’ - a name derived from the main ingredient of paint - resin.

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Sir Russell Matthews (1896 - 1987)

Sir Russell Matthews (1896 - 1987)

Russell Matthews was born in New Plymouth, the 10th and youngest child of Grace Marshall and her banker husband, Robert James Matthews. Educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School. He began his working life as an assistant engineer for the New Plymouth Borough Council.

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