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Entries are now open for the New Zealand International Business Awards 2023, celebrating the success of New Zealand exporters – of all sizes, across all sectors.

Hosted by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise – Te Taurapa Tūhono, the NZIBA recognise achievements by emerging, medium and larger exporters in the fields of innovation, sustainability, online sales, brand storytelling, Māori excellence, women leaders and investment.

New Zealand exporters are encouraged to enter the awards to celebrate their teams and their international successes, gain recognition amongst their peers, and inspire the next generation of change-makers. Previous finalists and winners have seen the impact that this recognition can have for their international relationships, with a vote of confidence from the New Zealand Government’s official business awards.

“Strength in business comes from the collective,” says David Downs, Convenor of Judges. “Everyone working together to overcome challenges to meet goals – be that entering a new market, improving sustainability standards, or innovating to develop a new product.  The New Zealand International Business Awards celebrate the successes of our exporters and the good they have achieved for New Zealand, and often, the world.”

“We found the judging process really positive and supportive, while also challenging our business rationale and strategy, which we believe will improve our future performance.  We couldn’t have been prouder to take home the coveted Supreme Award acknowledging the awesome results our team continue to achieve for our business, growers and Aotearoa on the global stage”, says Mark O’Donnell, CEO of Rockit Global, last year’s Supreme Winner and Best Large Business.

Previous NZIBA Supreme Winners include Bluelab, The New Zealand Merino Company and Seequent.

Any New Zealand business that sells goods or services in international markets can be nominated or submit an entry to the awards. An independent assessment partner (KPMG) and a panel of business leaders and previous award recipients assess and judge the awards.

Winners receive the celebrated NZIBA trophy, gain valuable feedback and insights from the judges and benefit from media and PR opportunities.

The New Zealand International Business Award winners will be honoured at an inspirational awards night held in Auckland in November. The Awards have been held for more than 50 years with winners including some of New Zealand’s most dynamic businesses and inspirational leaders. 

Businesses can translate an NZIBA win into a significant marketing and sales asset by highlighting their success in website content, company brochures, keynote speaker opportunities, and recruitment material. Previous winners say their awards have boosted staff morale and helped them recruit top performers, as well as raising their business profile and helping them attract capital investment.

Nominations for the NZIBA are open now and close on 12 June.  Applications are open until 3 July.  After judging and pitch sessions, finalists will be announced in early September with the winners to be revealed at a gala event in November.

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Pictured above: The 2022 winners.

Glenn Baker

Professional writer/editor with 35-plus years experience - including radio copywriting, various television writing/production roles, and writing for business magazines. I have also co-owned a wholesale food distribution business.


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