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Reaching ‘World Class’ New Zealand status requires an exceptional bio and outstanding leadership qualities. Rachel Taulelei, chief executive of the Maori-owned, Top 100 New Zealand food and beverage company Kono, fits the criteria impressively – which is why the judges awarded her one of the coveted Tall Poppy statuettes at this year’s Kea World Class New Zealand Awards at Auckland’s SkyCity Convention Centre.

Taulelei, who cut her sustainability teeth on her Wellington-based seafood company Yellow Brick Road, knows she is following in the remarkable footsteps of previous winners; is grateful for the nomination by her peers, and humbled by the recognition of the judges.

“Considering the calibre of the

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