Denise L’Estrange-Corbet is co-founder of WORLD, one of New Zealand’s best known fashion brands which has shown on the catwalks of London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand.
Outspoken, and often sought for her opinion from fashion to politics and everything in between, Denise was awarded the Westpac 2017 Women of Influence Award for arts and culture in September.
She was the first female fashion designer to receive a New Zealand Order of Merit (formerly an MBE) in 2002 and is also a published author. Denise is an Ambassador for Diabetes Auckland and also supports a number of other charities, including IHC, the Mental Health Foundation, The Starship Foundation and The Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation.
Denise’s Grocery Ball prize – high tea for 10 at the Langham Hotel – raised more than $11,000 for Diabetes NZ, and her speech at the event earlier this year brought many in the audience to tears.
Sir Peter Leitch
Sir Peter Leitch is well known across the country, founding the Mad Butcher, an iconic New Zealand butchery in 1971. Now there are 31 stores across the country.
Due to the great work he has done with charities and local community Sir Peter Leitch was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for service to the community in 1991. Not long after he was made a Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to business and philanthropy
Sir Peter has a great passion for rugby league and supports the Warriors greatly. Sir Peter is an Ambassador for Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch and also supports a number of other charities, including the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Allergy New Zealand. He is also Patron of New Zealand Rugby League.
Recently the Auckland Branch held an America’s Cup Luncheon where Sir Peter generously donated a signed Joseph Parker boxing glove that was well received through the auction as well as participating actively throughout the luncheon.