Digital agency NV Interactive's contribution to the Christchurch rebuild has earned it the top prize for Humanitarian Response of the Year, as well as Web Development Partner of the Year at the Microsoft partner awards.
"After being a finalist last year in the web development category, we are thrilled to go one step further and win this highly competitive category this year. It is fantastic to be benchmarked on the world stage like this," said Matt Pickering, chief executive of NV Interactive.
"Perhaps more importantly though is the recognition our second win in the Humanitarian Response Citizenship category gives to our Christchurch team for their frankly superhuman efforts supporting the post-quake recovery efforts. We are extremely proud to have played such a key role in supporting our community through this unimaginable time."
Auckland-based Kinetics was announced as a finalist in both the Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year and Innovative NGO Partner of the Year categories, for its work with Stewart Rehab, while Business Mechanix was recognised for its innovation in the Education Sector as a Finalist in the Public Sector, Education Partner of the Year Category.
Intergen was named New Zealand’s Country Partner of the Year for the second time, having originally won the award in 2010.
The annual awards honour members of the Microsoft partner network for delivering exemplary customer solutions during the past year using Microsoft technology. Winners and finalists were chosen from nominations from around the world, with nearly 3,000 entries submitted from more than 200 countries.
"NV Interactive, Kinetics, Business Mechanix and Intergen have stamped their mark on the world, highlighting New Zealand as a centre of innovation," said Microsoft NZ managing director Paul Muckleston.
Winners and finalists will be recognised at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 which is being held July 8-12 in Toronto.