NZ International Business Awards

Orion Health - winner of the 2012 Supreme Award
Entries are open for the 2013 New Zealand International Business Awards.

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Entries are open for the 2013 New Zealand International Business Awards.

The Awards programme, run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) with support from Strategic Partner ANZ, celebrates the passion and vision of New Zealand's most outstanding global businesses and business leaders – and benchmark the contribution they make to growing New Zealand's economy.

A $100,000 Supreme Award is presented to an overall winner who stands out across the Awards categories. In addition, each general category winner earns a place on the 2014 Better by Design CEO Study Tour.

Past winners of the Supreme Award have included Pumpkin Patch, Beca and 2012 winner Orion Health.

Executive Vice President of Orion Health Wayne Oxenham says the money is already being put to good use.

"Part of the prize will go towards running our annual executive forum in Europe, which is attended by international health and IT leaders and creates a strong network of global thought leaders. The rest has gone towards our Middle East expansion."

Even before winning the top prize, Oxenham says the company gained significant value from the entry process, which required it to examine its business critically.

NZTE Chief Executive Peter Chrisp says entering the New Zealand International Business Awards is more than just an opportunity to be recognised as a stand-out international company.

"It's important for businesses to take time out and reflect on their international growth journeys, and the awards are an opportunity to do this. They are also an opportunity to celebrate achievements and honour the people who have helped drive international successes, and are a fantastic vehicle for forging valuable new relationships."

ANZ's Managing Director Institutional Banking, David Green, says: "ANZ is proud to support these awards, which showcase companies that are leading the way in creating jobs and growth and taking New Zealand business to the world.

"It is a huge leap to take a business offshore in pursuit of opportunities and further growth. It takes perseverance, adaptability, good networks and considerable business skills to succeed. These awards are an excellent way to recognise standout achievements amongst the many inspirational New Zealand businesses that have achieved success doing business in offshore markets."

The Awards judges will be looking for companies which are showing courage, drive and innovation to build successful international businesses. Judges will want to see how businesses are taking an idea to market, how they have overcome obstacles to get to where they are today, and how they are nurturing the business and preparing for future growth.

The categories for the 2013 New Zealand International Business Awards

  • Supreme Award
  • ANZ Best Business Operating Internationally – Under $10m
  • ANZ Best Business Operating Internationally – $10m-$50m
  • ANZ Best Business Operating Internationally – Over $50m
  • International success through innovation supported by Callaghan Innovation
  • Most Innovative Business Model in International Business
  • Best Commercialisation of Intellectual Property in International
  • Business supported by James  & Wells
  • Best Use of Design in International Business


The deadline for stage one entries is Friday 15 March 2013. Winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on 26 September 2013.

About the New Zealand International Business Awards

The New Zealand International Business Awards are organised by NZTE, with the support of Strategic Partner ANZ. They celebrate New Zealand business success in the world and recognise professional excellence and innovative practice. They provide an opportunity for New Zealand businesses to benchmark performance, build capability and boost employee morale.

Media Release: New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

19 Feb 2013

The Big Idea Editor Cathy Aronson is a journalist, photo journalist and digital editor.

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