Highlights of the 2016 New Zealand International Business Awards

29 November 2016

Nine companies scooped up accolades in the 50th New Zealand International Business awards, which celebrate the success of New Zealand businesses on the world stage. Look back on the night in this video and photo wrap-up.

From tourism operators to a mint dealer, emerging businesses to well-known players - the who's who of New Zealand business gathered at Auckland's SKYCITY November 24 to celebrate the 50th New Zealand International Business Awards.

Photo highlight from the night

NZIBA 2016

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Watch highlights from the 2016 New Zealand international business awards

Tonight we give our respect to all those who lead and inspired us through the last 50 years; we salute you and tonight we will name new stars to shine from your constellation.

Welcome to the New Zealand International Business Awards for 2016.

Tonight we celebrate the tenacity, the creativity and the sheer drive of New Zealand’s most outstanding international businesses and leaders; creating Kiwi masterpieces all around the world.

We are committed to helping New Zealand businesses achieve internationally. This year there are a fantastic range of businesses represented here in the finals; businesses which have shown the focus, the innovation, the determination to get where they are today.

It is truly the moon-shop for New Zealand when you have a country of 4.5 million people handily located at the bottom of the globe; only a short 12-hour flight from most places and 24 from the rest. It's tough every day and you’re all doing a wonderful job achieving it.

We open the awards tonight with the Excellence in Innovation Awards supported by Callaghan Innovation...Straker Translations.

Excellence in Design supported by Special Group…Gallagher.

For Best Emerging Business, the winner is.... Haka Tourism Group and Timely

And the winner of the Excellence in Marketing category is... New Zealand Mint.

ANZ Best Media Business.

The winner is... Westscape Software.

Our next award is for Excellence in Operations and Supply Chain.

The winner is...GMP Pharmaceutical.

Our next award is the Hei Kai Kei Aku Ringa for Māori Excellence in Export.

My people, Māori people have always been about relationships. It's about the notions of honesty, integrity, of being straight with one another; a mutual respect. Ladies and gentlemen the winner is Ngāi Tahu Tourism.

Tēnā koutou. It's a matter of huge pride to see this small company explaining who we are in our place. 

Kāi Tahu o te Waipounamu. Koutou katoa.

Our next finalists are living proof that you can be a large business and still travel with an adventurous spirit.

Best Large Business, and the winner is...New Zealand icon Gallagher.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen my name is Steve Tucker; no relation to Ruben I promise he tangata, he tangata, he tangata it is the people; it is all our staff worldwide that live and breathe our orange DNA in our culture that makes Gallagher a great place to work that it is.

Many of you will be aware of the KPMG research and thought leadership around the DNA of high performing and successful companies. The first and most important trait is pivotal leadership. And the winner is Xero.

We are so well positioned as a country in the values of fairness, of diversity and inclusion making people feel safe are so important and I am so excited about the way that we’ll really be able to lead all over the world.

Please welcome to the stage the Right Honourable John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand.

We’re a little country, we’re at the bottom of the world and no one owes us a living. We are 4.7 million people and we are not going to get rich selling things to each other, but we are going to get increasingly wealthy selling things to the rest of the world. Sadly there can only be one because there’s so many great companies this evening but the Supreme Winner is...Westscape Software.

I can’t believe that we have won this. I am delighted. We have been working year on year in growing a software company and it is hard work and awards like this make a difference.

Thank you so much for helping us to honour the stars of our international business community.

The art of business, they’re the masters of our time and of 2016 and beyond. Ladies and gentlemen thank you and good night.