What do you get when you put MC Dominic Bowden, ice chilled Champagne Bollinger, Glenfiddich Cocktails, four delicious Live Food Stations, the soulful sounds of Jennifer Zea and her band, DJ Murry Sweetpants together and a crowd of New Zealand’s finest together at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland? You get the M2 Champagne Bollinger Man of the Year for 2017.
The Emirates Team New Zealand Helmsman and America’s Cup Winner, Peter Burling was of course announced at the exclusive awards ceremony on Thursday 9 November with fellow crew members Josh Junior and Guy Endean accepting the award on his behalf as Burling is currently competing in the Volvo Ocean Race. The sailor gave his gratitude for the award via a video feed from Lisbon.
MC Dominic Bowden interviewed Junior and Endean on stage as well guests on the red carpet about our ongoing achievements on the world stage. The annual award has recognised New Zealand men who have achieved outstanding success since 2006.
The 2017 finalists also included: Rocket Labs CEO Peter Beck, Boxer and WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker, Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player Steven Adams, and filmmaker Taika Waititi.
Along with Champagne Bollinger, other sponsors of the awards include BMW, Glenfiddich, Coach, Civic Quarter, JBL by Harman, and Under Armour.