About the awards

Applications for the New Zealand International Business Awards 2019 opened on 18 March 2019 and closed on 15 July 2019.


Putting a good submission together takes time and effort. Thank you to all those who submitted an application.

General categories

for Excellence in Business

Special categories

for Excellence in Business


Entry Guide

We encourage you to check out the downloadable PDF Entry Guide. This handy guide outlines all category questions while providing judges tips and guidance to help you submit your best application.


Entry Criteria

The awards are open to any New Zealand business that meets the entry criteria. Businesses do not have to be an account or client of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) to apply.

To enter the NZIBA all entrants must:

be registered with the New Zealand Companies Office

not be under investigation by any New Zealand or international statutory body (e.g. Accident Compensation Corporation, New Zealand Police, Health and Disability Commission, Inland Revenue).

agree that, in respect of NZIBA entries only, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise can: 

i) update its client records from the information provided by the entrant; and ii) obtain a Equifax Business Report.

must be exporting internationally

Entrants must also demonstrate:

sustained and future commitment to international business and to New Zealand

proven business strategies 

quality goods and services 

a sound business and brand reputation, on and offshore

sustainable business principles

capacity and capability for future growth.  

Terms and Conditions

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Previous award winners can enter the awards. 

Current employees of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and ANZ cannot enter the awards. 

a sound business and brand reputation, on and offshore

Judges cannot be nominated in leadership categories. 

All finalists and winners agree to media coverage. 

All entry information is held on a commercial-in-confidence basis. 

No entry information will be shared or distributed to third parties – but there is an option for companies to receive partner information from time to time.

NZTE reserves the right to cancel the programme or individual award categories within the programme. 

NZTE reserves the right to change the timeline including the awards dinner and ceremony date.

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