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)
Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year
MarkerMetro (Read more: Windows and nothing else)
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
Hunter Safety Labs
Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product
Carnival Mobile (Read more: Being Kiwi, selling globally)
Hi-Tech Service Product
Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product
Delta Strike International
ikeGPS (Read more: ikeGPS spoiled for choice)
Smart Water Technology
Innovative Hi-Tech Mobile Product
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
Vista Entertainment (Read more: Exporting success with Vista)
Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year under $5 million
Idealog has been covering the most interesting people, businesses and issues from the fields of innovation, design, technology and urban development for over 12 years. And we're asking for your support so we can keep telling those stories, inspire more entrepreneurs to start their own businesses and keep pushing New Zealand forward. Give over $5 a month and you will not only be supporting New Zealand innovation, but you’ll also receive a print subscription, an Idealog t-shirt and a copy of the new book by David Downs and Dr. Michelle Dickinson, No. 8 Recharged (while stocks last).