Hobbit film director Sir Peter Jackson has been awarded the Sir Peter Blake Medal for leadership.
He and six others were honoured for their leadership qualities at the Auckland awards ceremony, hosted by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.
The six to gain awards for their emerging leadership were Cricket World Cup head Therese Walsh; Jucy Group co-founder and head Tim Alpe; leading footwear designer, owner and founder of Kathryn Wilson shoes, Kathryn Wilson; TV fishing personality and creator of freefishheads.co.nz, Matt Watson; New York-based president of global fitness chain Equinox, Sarah Robb-O’Hagan; and doctor, extreme skiing champion, author and founder of MedRecruit, Sam Hazledine.
Busy working on the last instalment of the Hobbit trilogy, Jackson sent a pre-recorded acceptance speech and assistant Matt Dravitzki to accept the award for his contribution to the film industry, Wellington community and New Zealand tourism.
The annual medal and other leadership awards honour America’s Cup-winning yachtsman Sir Peter Blake, who was killed by pirates in Brazil in 2001.
Selection panel awards chairman Sir Ron Carter said the winners had demonstrated the gift of being real people leaders.
"They’ve led by example and have been able to inspire their team members to help them achieve goals that others have often said are impossible.”