Parris Goebel over the moon to receive inaugural award

posted: 11:30 am - 22nd June 2018

Choreographer, dancer and Pacific business woman Parris Goebel (pictured) has accepted the inaugural Pacific Business Trust Legacy Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards.

The Park Legacy Award was launched at Friday's event - the 11th  time the Awards have been held.

This award acknowledges Pacific business leaders and businesses that have been consistently successful over a number of years.

Parris could not be a more worthy recipient with her huge contributions to the arts, business, youth and the Pacific community, and she has created a legacy for Pacific people, young women in particular.

She was presented with the award by Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pacific Peoples.

“This recipient has already made her mark on the global stage of her chosen profession,” Minister Sepuloni says.

“We could not think of a better Pacific person to honour as the inaugural recipient.”

On accepting her award, Parris says the award is special because it is acknowledgement of her work by her people and for her culture.

“It’s important because it (culture) made me who I am, and the Polynesian traditions are reasons I stood out in the industry,” Parris says.

Following the ceremony, Parris tweeted: “What an amazing night!! Tonight I was awarded the Pacific Legacy award at the Pacific Business Awards. I couldn’t help but cry as they announced my name and the whole room stood up. This means the world to me to be acknowledged by my people. Proud Polynesian.Thank you so much.”  

Parris Goebel and awards won by her Palace studio in South Auckland have been recognised globally over the past decade.

They include eight world championship titles since 2009, World Female Choreographer of the Year and Best Live Performance.

She has been celebrated nationally with a Special Recognition from Pacific Arts by Creative New Zealand, New Zealand Herald Entertainer of the Year, New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award and a KEA World Class New Zealand Award for her contribution to dance.

As a dancer and sought-after choreographer, Parris has a huge following and is recognised globally.

The National Pacific Business Trust Legacy Award will not necessarily be presented at every awards evening, however a key focus of the 2018 awards was to ensure its success by aligning it to PBT’s strategic direction of transforming innovation into commercial success with a focus on the future.

This includes showcasing sectors such as tech and social enterprise through innovation, strategic planning and meaningful partnerships.

Visit PBT for more information on the organisation.