The Olympic kayak champion Lisa Carrington has won the supreme award at the annual Halberg Sports awards in Auckland.
Carrington, who won two medals at the Rio Olympics, was named Sportswoman of the Year.
She was tonight presented with the supreme Halberg Award by Prime Minister Bill English and the New Zealand Olympic team chef de mission Rob Waddell.
Carrington beat golfer Lydia Ko and Rio silver medallists Luuka Jones and Dame Valerie Adams for the Sportswoman title.
Earlier in the evening the Olympic rowing champion Mahe Drysdale was named Sportsman of the Year ahead of shot putter Tom Walsh, runner Nick Willis and boxer Joseph Parker.
Liam Malone was named the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award.
The Para-Athletics star, who won two gold and a silver medal at the Rio Paralympics, claimed the hotly contested category ahead of fellow Sophie Pascoe, Anna Grimaldi and Mary Fisher.
Olympic sailing champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were named the Team of the Year award winners ahead of the Olympic rowing champions Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, the cycling sprint team of Eddie Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster and the 470 sailing crew of Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie.
Lisa Carrington's coach Gordon Walker was awarded the Coach of the Year Award.
During the ceremony Paralympic Swimmer Sophie Pascoe was presented the Sport New Zealand Leadership Award.
Ruben Wiki (Rugby League) and Don Jowett (Athletics) were inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.