Marine contractor and sometime movie manager Bill Day received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Mr Day developed his business from a small commercial scuba diving enterprise into a multimillion dollar marine contractor. Wellington-based Seaworks lays undersea cables, salvages sunken ships and supports oil platforms. Mr Day has also been involved in marine management for film director Steven Spielberg.
Award spokeswoman Carol Campbell said the judges were impressed by Mr Dayâs passion and energy. âBillâs vision and drive have seen his company grow from humble beginnings 20 years ago to a hugely successful organisation with an impressive international client list and reputationâ, she said. âHis ability to motivate and inspire others is outstanding.â