See the finalists for the 2016 New Zealand International Business Awards

From laser tag gaming equipment and powerboats to animation software, a decidedly diverse group of finalists have been named for the 50th annual New Zealand International Business Awards.

Run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) with ANZ, this year marks the 50th edition of the awards. The awards will celebrate the success of New Zealand businesses on the world stage, with 24 finalists representing a range of industries from throughout the country.

NZTE’s chief executive Peter Chrisp says celebrating the achievements of New Zealand’s most successful exporters helps to build their profile, and that of Aotearoa as a whole. “We are again highly impressed by the stories of success within these awards, and the pioneering way these companies apply their tenacity and ingenuity to build their businesses overseas,” he says. “New Zealand cannot grow by selling to ourselves, so the success of these businesses is not only good for them but also good for New Zealand. That’s worth celebrating.” 

This year’s collection of finalists share a common strategy of targeting niche, high-value markets for international growth.  ANZ New Zealand managing director, Commercial & Agri, Mark Hiddleston says the finalists are following a well-trod path of past success. “This year’s entries and finalists show there are many amazing companies following in the footsteps of our iconic export success stories,” he says. “This new generation of export companies is forging paths into new and existing markets with the focus, innovation and determination to succeed that New Zealand exporters are respected around the world for. A strong export sector is crucial for New Zealand and these companies have proven they have what it takes to achieve success at home and overseas.”

NZTE chief executive Peter Chrisp.

Winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony in Auckland on November 24. Other sponsors of the awards include KPMG, MFAT, Callaghan Innovation, Kotahi, Special Group, MBIE, Te Puni Kōkiri and The Treasury.

Finalists in the 2016 New Zealand International Business Awards

ANZ Best Emerging Business – Under $10m

Delta Strike International (Christchurch)

Haka Tourism Group (Auckland)

Timely (Dunedin)

Volpara Health Technologies (Wellington)

ANZ Best Medium Business – $10m-$50m

90 Seconds (Auckland)

ARANZ Geo (Christchurch)

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours (Waikato)

WhereScape Software (Auckland)

ANZ Best Large Business – Over $50m

Cubic Defence New Zealand (Auckland)

Gallagher Group (Waikato)

GMP Pharmaceuticals Group (Auckland)

New Zealand Mint (Auckland)

NIG Nutritionals (Auckland)

Orion Health (Auckland)

Prolife Foods (Waikato)

Tegel Foods (Auckland)

Excellence in Innovation, supported by Callahan Innovation

90 Seconds (Auckland)

New Zealand Mint (Auckland)

Orion Health (Auckland)

Straker Translations (Auckland)

Excellence in Marketing, supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT)

Haka Tourism Group (Auckland)

New Zealand Mint (Auckland)

Tekron International (Wellington)

Excellence in Operations and Supply Chain, supported by Kotahi

GMP Pharmaceuticals Group (Auckland)

New Zealand Mint (Auckland)

Tasman Bay Food Group (Nelson)

Excellence in Design, supported by Special Group

Flux Animation Studio (Auckland)

Gallagher Group (Waikato)

Stabicraft Marine (Invercargill)

Westland Milk Products (Hokitika)

He kai kei aku ringa for Māori Excellence in Export, supported by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Te Puni Kōkiri, The Treasury

Kiwa Digital (Auckland)

Ngai Tahu Tourism (Christchurch)

Straker Translations (Auckland)

Excellence in Leadership, supported by KPMG

Winner will be selected by the judging panel and announced at the awards ceremony on 24 November.