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Big names line up for Hi-Tech honours

Star Kiwi tech companies Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Orion Health, Serko and Xero are the four finalists in the running for this year’s Hi-Tech Awards Hi-Tech Company of the Year.

Xero is also in the running for the Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year over $5 million award and is one of several companies to gain a finalist placing in more than one category.

Others were mobile marketing specialist VMob, a finalist for Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product Innovative Hi-Tech Mobile Product and Hi-Tech Service Product, and cloud point of sale company Vend, up for Emerging Company of the Year, Hi-Tech Service Product and Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year under $5 million.

IkeGPS is a finalist in the Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product as well as the Innovative Hi-Tech Mobile Product group, while movie analytics company Movio is up for the Emerging Company prize and Exporter of the Year Under $5 million.

“This year’s finalists range from companies in their infancy through to some of our biggest, most high profile hi-tech companies,” says Hi-Tech Trust chair Wayne Norrie. “New Zealand hi-tech companies have a unique flavour that extends well beyond the realms of traditional ICT.”

This year’s judges are made up of a local panel of 40 technologists and entrepreneurs and international counterparts including Wildfire co-founder Victoria Ransom, Broadli co-founder Claudia Batten and Google director of engineering Craig Nevill-Manning.

The gala awards dinner to announce the winners will be held in Christchurch on 16 May.

This year’s full finalist list is:

Hi-Tech Company of the Year

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Orion Health (Read more: Orion’s hunt)


Xero (Read more: The numbers are up)

Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year

Aura Infosec

Dairy Automation

MarkerMetro (Read more: Windows and nothing else)


Vend (Read more: Vend adds $25m to capital base)

Hi-Tech Startup Company of the Year

RedSeed Smart Water Technology


Timely (Read more: All in a Timely manner)

Hi-Tech Pre-Commercialisation Company of the Year

Clever Medkits


Hunter Safety Labs

Mars Bioimaging


Vigil Monitoring

Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product

Carnival Mobile (Read more: Being Kiwi, selling globally)



Orion Health

VMob (Read more: VMob charts course for the UK)

Wynyard Group

Hi-Tech Service Product

Carnival Mobile


Snapper Services



Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product

Dairy Automation

Delta Strike International

ikeGPS (Read more: ikeGPS spoiled for choice)

Mars Bioimaging

Smart Water Technology

Innovative Hi-Tech Mobile Product

Carnival Mobile


MEA Mobile (Read more: MEA’s rise to the top)


Serato (Read more: Scratch’n’tunes)


Hi-Tech Young Achiever

Scott Barrington (Modlar)

Reuben Bijl (Smudge Apps)

Hannah Gray (Xero)

Guy Horrocks (Carnival Mobile)

Ben O’Brien (StretchSense)

Best Contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech Sector by an internationally-headquartered company




Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year over $5 million

Orion Health

Vista Entertainment (Read more: Exporting success with Vista)


Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year under $5 million

Animation Research




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