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From all the crew at Weta Workshop - huge congratulations, Richard!
Richard Taylor has tonight been named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year at an awards dinner in Auckland.
"Richard had set a shining example by being a global player in the international movie industry, yet chose to base himself in New Zealand," the award announcement noted.
"Richard was an extraordinary New Zealander who demonstrated exceptional achievements while remaining true to his Kiwi values," it said.
"But most importantly, Richard is a passionate and articulate New Zealander, committed to this country, and committed to showing New Zealanders that we can do it here.''
Richard said the awards were a pinnacle for him.
"Of all the countries in the world to be a finalist for it would have to be this one. It's very special. It's hard to put any words to it really."
Being out of the workshop and mingling with such creative and impressive people was a pleasure, he said.
"Usually we spend all our life working and don't cross paths."