Fifteen top Kiwis have been rewarded for their enterprise at the annual AMP Scholarships.
Two hundred thousand dollars was awarded last night at a ceremony at Auckland's War Memorial Museum, with recipients spanning a wide range of fields.
Among them was physiotherapist Lou James, who works to rehabilitate cancer survivors. She started the programme nine years ago, and says though more and more people are surviving cancer, they are often left with side effects which need life-long treatment.
The recipients were selected by a panel of business leaders, with each receiving $10,000. Other winners include eight-year-old BMX rider Sacha Earnest, shark attack survivor Jenny McDowell, also a world expert in marine forensics, and fashion designer Jessie Wong.
Watch the video for the full interview with Lou James and scholarships judge Mike Hutcheson.