2018 Winners

Congratulations to this year's winners! Read about the winners below.
  • The Supreme Award (chosen from the winners of all categories)
    2018 Supreme winner - Seequent
  • He kai kei aku ringa for Māori Excellence in Export
    Port Nicholson Fisheries LP

    Port Nicholson Fisheries is the largest Māori-owned exporter of live lobster. It is also the largest North Island exporter and second largest nationally. It exports premium quality live lobster from the clean, fresh and pure waters of New Zealand directly to customers in China, providing them with produce from one of the world’s most pristine and sustainably managed fisheries.

    Its three founding members were Parininihi ki Waitotara (PKW), Iwi Collective Partnership (ICP) and Ngati Mutunga ki Wharekauri (Chatham Islands). In 2016, Moana New Zealand joined as a key limited partner in the business.

    Judge Hinemaua Rikirangi said: “Port Nicholson Fisheries won because they were just an outstanding participant and it was evident that they understood how to apply Māori values and whānaungatanga, and how you bring all of those aspects together to get a really strong business model. Very strong in relationships and very focussed in terms of their global reach and where they wanted to target.”

    Read more about Port Nicholson Fisheries LP

  • Inspiring Team Leadership
    Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd

    Douglas Pharmaceuticals is a New Zealand success story – a pharmaceutical company with a reputation for high manufacturing standards, quality products and outstanding client service.

    Founded in 1967 by managing director Sir Graeme Douglas, Douglas Pharmaceuticals is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical development and manufacturing companies in Oceania. It is currently enjoying significant growth as it expands to meet international demand.

    Considerable investment in product development laboratories, a specially-designed containment suite for steroid manufacture and the provision of fully compliant registration dossiers in CTD format are examples of its commitment to both the domestic and global market.

    Judge David Downs said: “Douglas Pharmaceuticals really stood out for us. You could really see the trust between the chief executive and the rest of the top leadership team, and the way they all helped each other, referred to each other. You could also see that they really cared about their organisation, their team, their employees, and the society around them.”

    Visit the Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd website
  • Inspiring Women Leaders
    Sarah Kennedy: Calocurb Ltd
    A CEO for more than 20 years across a number of companies, and now leading Calocurb Ltd in the health and wellness sector.

    Sarah Kennedy believes adding value to our natural commodities is crucial for New Zealand’s future prosperity and independence. With a career that has included roles like Vice President International Farming for Fonterra in China to Managing Director of Healtheries/Vitico NZ Ltd, and her current role as CEO of natural health company Calocurb Ltd, Sarah has lived and breathed the benefits of value-add.

    In doing so she has helped each company achieve impressive results on the global stage. By ensuring a clear strategy is in place, matched with goals and accountability across all teams, Sarah has successfully developed and managed teams internationally across diverse cultures, capabilities and geographies.
    Her latest company, plant-based weight management supplement Calocurb, was launched earlier this year and in its short tenure has already experienced impressive growth, expanding into the US, with more markets in sight.

    Visit the Calocurb website

    Aliesha Staples: StaplesVR
    The founder of StaplesVR and a high-profile New Zealand producer and pioneer of VR, AR and new technologies.

    Impacting how we imagine, design and create, AR and VR are already changing the way we experience our lives. Leading the charge for New Zealand is Aliesha Staples. Her company, Staples VR, has an impressive roster of both local and international clients, producing virtual and augmented experiences for the likes of Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, the ABC, Disney and TVNZ.

    Aliesha’s enthusiasm for VR has led her to become a key figure in the VR community, speaking on panels and running NZ’s first VR HUB. Most recently Aliesha has been the driving force behind vRemedies, a company that solves complex medical industry-based problems using creative technologies. The company’s first major project led to the creation of the world’s first VR video that helps children and families prepare for hospital procedures.

    Visit the StaplesVR website

    Judge Miranda Burdon said: “All the nominees had a really great, clear vision. They knew what their purpose was and they knew what they were trying to achieve.
    “Sarah was a standout because of her breadth of market knowledge, her strategic approach to building businesses – and not just one, she’d done it over and over again – her commitment to the market and her understanding of the dynamics in play, and continuing to evolve and build the businesses she operated in. She was incredible.

    “What made Aleisha really special was her passion and vision for her business. She’s not just running one business model, she’s running multiple as a component around giving back to the community and social good, and developing people in her industry. But she’s also growing this incredible global entity, operating with the best practice players around the world. It’s an incredible story with huge momentum and amazing to hear.’’

  • ANZ Best Emerging Business
    Auckland BioSciences

    Auckland BioSciences is a life sciences company sourcing and manufacturing New Zealand biological products for some of the largest animal pharmaceutical companies in the world.

    Exporting to 14 countries after four years of operations, Auckland BioSciences has gained a solid foothold on the international stage through the consistently high quality of its products, its customer-centric approach to business, and its strong partnerships in both New Zealand and abroad. The pursuit of excellence in all aspects has been a key part of the company’s culture and has helped it to stand out on the international stage.

    Auckland BioSciences will continue to develop its capabilities in life sciences, leveraging New Zealand’s strong agricultural roots and investments in technologies to establish New Zealand as a prominent player in the industry.

    Judge Sam Witters said: “This company is just exceptional in the way that they have taken a waste product and provided commercial acumen, deep deep knowledge of this industry and have produced a world-class product. There’s also a kind of freshness about them, a real joy in listening to them talk about the company and where they’ve got to. I think they’re really going to be a company to watch and a company that New Zealand will be proud of.”

    Visit Auckland BioSciences website

    Highly commended: Method
  • ANZ Best Medium Business

    Software developer Seequent is a global leader in the development of visual data science software and collaborative technologies. It develops data visualisation and geological modelling solutions that enable those in the mining and minerals, civil engineering, environmental, and geothermal energy industries to extract valuable insights from complex raw data.

    Seequent’s 3D modelling tools and technology are widely applied across industries and projects, including road and rail tunnel construction, groundwater detection and management, geothermal exploration, resource evaluation and estimation, and subterranean storage of spent nuclear fuel.

    The Christchurch headquartered company has people in 15 locations across its five territories – Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe – and serves customers in more than 90 countries worldwide.

    Seequent also has strong academic partnerships with the Universities of Canterbury and Auckland, and employs many postgraduate students. Globally, it works alongside 150 universities with its academic software programme.

    Judge Michael Whitehead said: “Seequent won because they took us on this journey, the journey from a really good software company to an even better solutions company. Good tech? That’s sort of table stakes for the game, what they’ve got is they’ve had a vision and they’ve executed, and they’ve executed just amazingly well. To achieve what they’ve achieved on the world stage, it’s just fantastic.”

    Visit the Seequent website

    Highly commended: PikPok
  • ANZ Best Large Business
    Skyline Luge International

    Known for a pioneering spirit and innovation, Skyline Enterprises has been at the forefront of New Zealand tourism since 1966, when the company built a gondola from Queenstown to Bob’s Peak to service a burgeoning restaurant business.

    It has since evolved, expanding and diversifying its offering to provide world-class leisure and entertainment experiences for domestic and international travellers in both New Zealand and overseas.

    In addition to luge rides in Queenstown and Rotorua, Skyline has spread to six international locations with more in the pipeline. Skyline has made significant investments in their offshore operations, and the judges were impressed with their large-scale international tourism facilities and their ambition in markets as diverse as South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the UK.

    Judge Gavin Haworth said: “Skyline Luge International won because of the significant investments they’re making offshore, because of the strategic focus and direction that they take, they’re very clear on where they want to go and why they want to go there, and also because of the phenomenal growth they’ve seen in the last few years. They’re operating outside of New Zealand already, they’re looking to grow into other destinations, and doing all that with significant revenue growth at the same time.”

    Visit Skyline Luge International website
  • Excellence in Innovation

    Serko has been the leading online booking tool for corporate travel in Australasia since the company was established in 2007. It has subsequently expanded its offering into expense management and become a publicly-listed business.

    Serko employs more than 100 people across three countries. It services customers in over 25 countries worldwide, with main markets in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe.

    Serko is growing rapidly. Today, many of the largest corporate businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia trust Serko to help them manage their corporate travel programmes and expenses. More than two million people have access to Serko’s tool, and 60 percent of Australia’s corporate-travel spend passes through Serko every year.

    Judge Craig Cotton said: “The reason that Serko won is that CEO Darrin Grafton was able to show a true culture of innovation, end to end in terms of the processes. The way their people develop their products or services, ultimately for the end consumer, was outstanding. What was really exciting is that this is a true global opportunity, this could become a more than billion-dollar company.”

    Visit the Serko website
  • Excellence in Design
    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has a reputation for delivering world-leading healthcare solutions. Founded 50 years ago, its design focus is about ‘doing the best for patients’. It’s an approach that hasn’t changed since the company created its first prototype respiratory humidifier in 1968, and revolutionised the delivery of respiratory humidification to critically ill hospital patients.

    Over the years, the company’s product base has diversified from the invasive ventilation market into obstructive sleep apnoea, and later into non-invasive ventilation, nasal high-flow therapy and surgical humidification. A feature of its success has been a consistent focus on its core expertise of heating and humidifying air. Each year, an estimated 10 million patients are treated using products designed and manufactured by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.
    Today, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare employs more than 3,500 people based in 36 countries and serving more than 120 markets.

    Judge Noel Blackwell said: “They said of themselves, “we care by design’. The entry was very powerful because of that, it was integrated throughout the business and the amount of effort they put into it – through R&D, through testing, engineering and innovation – was spectacular. It was an incredibly powerful performance.”

    Visit the Fisher and Paykel Healthcare website
  • Inspiring Preference for New Zealand
    New Zealand King Salmon

    Everyone likes a good story – it helps us make sense of the world. New Zealand King Salmon uses its unique stories of people, place and pride to create the ultimate salmon experience, with New Zealand as the backbone for each of its brands.

    Ōra King is New Zealand King Salmon’s unique breed of King salmon. Aimed at the premium food-service market, Ōra King is featured on the menus of more than 1,000 top restaurants worldwide. New Zealand is built into the Ōra King brand pillars, with values such as leadership, collaboration, honesty, innovation, sustainability and respect conveyed through Ōra King marketing campaigns.

    The company’s Regal Salmon brand is founded on provenance, and tells the story of the Marlborough Sounds, where a unique mix of currents, water quality and temperatures gives Regal Salmon its flavour, colour, texture and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. New Zealand King Salmon has begun taking the Regal Salmon story to the world, with products in vibrant blue packaging to represent the cool, deep waters of the Marlborough Sounds.

    Judge Rebecca Smith said: “New Zealand King Salmon won this category because of their absolute commitment to sharing their story all the way through the supply chain, from their own team to their retailers, their distributors and right through to their consumers. That commitment, that consistency was simply outstanding.”

    Visit New Zealand King Salmon website
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