10 August 2023

6.00pm – 11.00pm

Cordis, Auckland

Celebrating outstanding New Zealanders

The New Zealand Business Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates individuals who have made a significant contribution to the economic and social development of New Zealand.

Each Laureate has a story of enterprise, hard work and success. Most have contributed generously to their communities. Join us to celebrate the 2023 Laureates as they are admitted to the Hall at the annual black-tie gala dinner held at the Cordis, Auckland.

Established in 1994 by Young Enterprise.

Meet our 2023 Laureates

Kelly Tarlton


Kelly Tarlton designed an innovative marine aquarium four times larger than any other in the world, called ‘Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World’, opened in 1985. It was immediately successful with 100,000 visitors in 7 weeks.

In 1987 it won British Tourism's Award for Best New Attraction Worldwide. Kelly’s concept and design has been copied extensively internationally, with his innovative techniques, such as curving acrylic tunnels, still widely used. These aquariums have promoted awareness and conservation of the marine environment around the world.

Kelly is already inducted into two International Halls of Fame.

Kingi Smiler

Māori Agribusiness & Primary Sector

Kingi traces his whakapapa to ancestors who experienced first-hand the devastating effects of colonization and the loss of Māori land. They left a legacy of advocating strongly for the return and development of land under Māori ownership and control.

Achieving significant legislative changes affecting Māori land and the ongoing campaign to seek justice for the return of whanau land taken by the Crown in the 1940’s, reflects Kingi’s dedication to their legacy.

Kingi established the first Māori owned dairy company Miraka Limited and has led many major investments and developments across dairy, sheep and beef, horticulture and forestry in Māori agribusiness.

Tribes - Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Te Atiawa, Whakatohea, Tuhoe

Michael Barnett


Michael Barnett was Chief Executive of the Auckland Business Chamber for over 30 years and was recognised as the voice of business for Auckland and NZ.

He was a champion for diversity across NZ, advocated for the best environment in which small and medium business could operate, worked closely with many economic development agencies throughout NZ and more recently has established a successful support framework for business and mental health and wellbeing.

He has represented NZ on the World Chamber Board – a network of over 15,000 Chambers. When the economy failed in the late eighties and the Auckland Santa parade was left without a home he established and chaired a Trust that has presented a Santa parade for Auckland for over thirty years.

Ted Manson

Property Development & Social Equity

Ted’s is an inspirational success story from a state house upbringing to building a billion-dollar property business that remains family owned and operated.

From buying, renovating and selling thousands of houses in the early days, to building thousands of houses and apartments and over 40 substantial commercial buildings, trail-blazing the Green Building movement, building 163 6 Homestar-rated social housing apartments with a personal $100m+ investment, and even saving churches.

Ted’s talents are now focused on charitable endeavours through his Foundation in which he has seeded over $20million where he works at the coal face to assist the vulnerable members of our society.

Theresa Gattung

Female Advancement & Entrepreneurship

Theresa was the first female CEO of an NZX listed company with her role at Telecom. As co-founder of My Food Bag, she helped take the start-up to a nationwide company with a turnover of over $130m.

She chairs AIA New Zealand, Tend and Global Women plus is a member of the National Advisory Board on the Employment of Women.

She funded the Theresa Gattung Chair of Women in Entrepreneurship within the University of Auckland Business School and launched the Gattung Foundation whose main charitable purposes are to support the relief of poverty, the education and advancement of women, Māori and Pasifika to reduce inequality and the care, support and protection of animals.

Sir Paul Adams

Property Development

A civil engineer, Sir Paul’s company Carrus has developed approximately 10,000 residential, commercial, and industrial lots over the last 40 years, industrial and commercial developments, and many commercial and industrial buildings.

A Chartered Fellow of the IoD, he gives working time to the NFP sector and is a well-known philanthropist. He was Founding Chair of Accessible Properties, a 100% owned IHC company and 2nd largest social housing provider in NZ. He was a Founding Director of Prioirty One and was a Trustee of the University of Waikato and a Director of several Crown Entities and many private companies.

He is the Patron for Waipuna Hospice Tauranga and Te Tuinga Whanau Support for the homeless.

Wally Stone


Wally has over 30 years of executive management and governance experience with private, public, iwi and non-profit organisations. Including chairman; Ngai Tahu Holding Corporation, New Zealand Tourism Board, Koau Capital Partners and Whale Watch Kaikoura. Wally has been recognized for his leadership in the area of tourism, business and Māori economic development.

He received the Sir Jack Newman award for lifetime achievement to the tourism industry, was made a fellow of the NZ Institute of management and was made an Officer of the New Zealand order of merit for his contribution to both tourism, business and Māori economic development.

Iwi: Waitaha, Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mutunga

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