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New Year Honours 2019 - Citation for Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

To be a Knight Grand Companion of the said Order:

TINDALL, Sir Stephen Robert, KNZM

For services to business, the community, and the environment

Sir Stephen Tindall has contributed to the community, business, international trade and commerce, and the environment in New Zealand for more than 40 years.

Sir Stephen founded the Warehouse Group in 1982 and established the Tindall Foundation, one of New Zealand’s leading philanthropic foundations that has since donated more than $145 million towards strategies to improve communities and the environment. He founded K1W1, the Tindall family’s $250 million seed and venture capital fund, which has invested in more than 200 start up and early stage business in biotech, clean tech, high tech, and environmental technologies. He was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and the community in 2007, later redesignating as a Knight Companion in 2009, and has continued to contribute in a range of roles since that time. He has provided sponsorship to Team New Zealand in contesting the America’s Cup and as Chair of Team New Zealand is currently involved in preparing Auckland to host a defence of the Cup. He chaired the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board from 2007 to 2009, the Climate Change Leadership Forum from 2007 to 2009, and the Broadband Investment Forum from 2008 to 2009. He chaired the Job Summit Working Group in 2009, with a particular focus on Auckland, including an involvement co-funding the Mayor’s taskforce on jobs. He helped establish Trees That Count, which have planted more than 11 million trees across New Zealand in the past year. He was a Council member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and remained involved as a co-founder and Chair of Kiwi Expat Association (KEA) until 2012.


Redesignated as Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, 2009

Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen’s Birthday 2007

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen’s Birthday 1997

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Last updated: 
Monday, 31 December 2018

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