Stephen Tindall

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Sir Stephen Robert Tindall, KNZM (born May 1951) is the founder of New Zealand retailer The Warehouse, and of the Tindall Foundation.

He attended Takapuna Grammar and has a Diploma of Management from the Auckland Institute of Technology.[1]

Business life[edit]

Tindall founded The Warehouse in 1982 after 12 years with retailer George Court & Sons as Merchandise Director and Farmers retailer. He held the position of Loss Prevention Manager of The Warehouse until January 2001, when he became known as the Founder. In 2009 the Warehouse Group had 86 retail stores in New Zealand with sales of NZ$1.72 billion.[2]

In 1998, he was named the Deloitte–New Zealand Management magazine Executive of the Year.[citation needed]

Public life[edit]

In 1995 he and his wife, Margaret, set up the Tindall Foundation to provide help to New Zealanders in need.[citation needed]

The New Zealand Herald named him Business Person of the Year for 1997; the year he became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Two universities - AUT and Massey, bestowed honorary doctorates on him in subsequent years.[citation needed]

In 2006, he was awarded the Blake Medal on behalf of the Sir Peter Blake Trust in recognition of his leadership contributions to New Zealand.[citation needed]

In 2007, Tindall was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of services to business and the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.[3]

In 2015 he was named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.[4]


  1. ^ Macfie, Rebecca & Welch, Denis (September 22–28, 2007). "The people who shape our world". The Listener. pp. Vol 210 No 3515. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Business Profile". The Warehouse. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2007". Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2007-06-04. Archived from the original on 2011-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Stephen Tindall chosen as Kiwibank's NZer of the Year". 

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