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ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards

Location
Banquet Hall, Parliament
Event date
Time
6:30pm - 10:30pm

The ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards annually honours and celebrates the accomplishments of Lower North Island based companies in exporting goods and services to overseas markets. These awards are organised ExportNZ with the support of various partners.

The Wellington Export Awards promote the benefits of exporting for businesses, as well as showcasing the industry's success stories and contribution to the local economy. They also provide an opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange among exporters and other business professionals.

Embracing this year's theme, 'Tell your story,' we want to shine a spotlight on the distinctive journeys that shape a company's path to success. The Wellington Export Awards are a celebration of the countless stories etched into the fabric of global trade. From the inception of a business idea to the delivery of products across borders, each step in the exporting journey contributes to a story worth telling.

Celebrating its seventh year, we invite exporters from Wellington Central to Manawatu/Whanganui to share their stories. The Wellington Export Awards are judged by a panel of experienced exporting specialists drawn from ExportNZ, NZTE and ASB.


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How to apply

Position your business as a market leader at the Wellington Export Awards. This is your chance to not only acknowledge your employees' contributions but also to celebrate their hard work and showcase the collective excellence driving your business to the forefront of the industry.

The application process is simple. Just fill out a short online form telling us about your business and how you fill the requirements of one of the below categories.

Apply now

Categories applicable

Best Emerging Business
SEA CAPE thumbnail logo

The Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence Best Emerging Business award is back in this year’s ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards. We want to celebrate an exceptional exporting business that is in the early stages of their international growth journey, i.e. having an annual turnover of $5 million or less.

Additional conditions of entry:

  • Conflict of interest: Any potential conflict of interest between the entrant and a judge assigned to the company will be established prior to the circulation of the entrant's written submission.
  • Confidentiality: All information provided to ExportNZ Awards judging panel as part of your awards entry will remain confidential to the panel and will not be made available to any third party without your permission.
  • Registration: The business entered in this Export Awards category is registered with the New Zealand Companies Office.
  • Investigation: The business entered in this Export Awards category is not under investigation by any New Zealand or international statutory body (e.g. ACC, NZ Police, Health and Disability Commission, IRD).
  • Catchment Area: The export earnings and revenue generating operations of the business are within the catchment area for the region in which it is entered. Auckland/Waikato: Northland, Auckland, Waikato Wellington: Wellington, Kapiti, Wairarapa, Manawatū Bay of Plenty: Area covering Waihi to Hicks Bay and down to Taupō Hawke's Bay: Tairāwhiti Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Tararua
Best Established Business
CentrePort Logo

The CentrePort Wellington Best Established Business is dedicated to recognising success by net return to the New Zealand economy for more established businesses, with five years or more in export markets or, as a guide, will likely have annual revenue above $5 million.

Additional conditions of entry:

  • Conflict of interest: Any potential conflict of interest between the entrant and a judge assigned to the company will be established prior to the circulation of the entrant's written submission.
  • Confidentiality: All information provided to ExportNZ Awards judging panel as part of your awards entry will remain confidential to the panel and will not be made available to any third party without your permission.
  • Registration: The business entered in this Export Awards category is registered with the New Zealand Companies Office.
  • Investigation: The business entered in this Export Awards category is not under investigation by any New Zealand or international statutory body (e.g. ACC, NZ Police, Health and Disability Commission, IRD).
  • Catchment Area: The export earnings and revenue generating operations of the business are within the catchment area for the region in which it is entered. Auckland/Waikato: Northland, Auckland, Waikato Wellington: Wellington, Kapiti, Wairarapa, Manawatū Bay of Plenty: Area covering Waihi to Hicks Bay and down to Taupō Hawke's Bay: Tairāwhiti Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Tararua
Excellence in Sustainability
Container Co

The ContainerCo Excellence in Sustainability is dedicated to recognising businesses that embed sustainability into the fabric of their business, achieving international growth while having a positive impact on people and the planet.

Additional conditions of entry:

  • Conflict of interest: Any potential conflict of interest between the entrant and a judge assigned to the company will be established prior to the circulation of the entrant's written submission.
  • Confidentiality: All information provided to ExportNZ Awards judging panel as part of your awards entry will remain confidential to the panel and will not be made available to any third party without your permission.
  • Registration: The business entered in this Export Awards category is registered with the New Zealand Companies Office.
  • Investigation: The business entered in this Export Awards category is not under investigation by any New Zealand or international statutory body (e.g. ACC, NZ Police, Health and Disability Commission, IRD).
  • Catchment Area: The export earnings and revenue generating operations of the business are within the catchment area for the region in which it is entered. Auckland/Waikato: Northland, Auckland, Waikato Wellington: Wellington, Kapiti, Wairarapa, Manawatū Bay of Plenty: Area covering Waihi to Hicks Bay and down to Taupō Hawke's Bay: Tairāwhiti Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Tararua
Excellence in Innovation
Wellington Airport Logo

The Wellington Airport Excellence in Innovation Award is dedicated to recognising success in developing and commercialising innovation in international markets, incorporating intellectual property, strategy, processes, and monitoring.

Additional conditions of entry:

  • Conflict of interest: Any potential conflict of interest between the entrant and a judge assigned to the company will be established prior to the circulation of the entrant's written submission.
  • Confidentiality: All information provided to ExportNZ Awards judging panel as part of your awards entry will remain confidential to the panel and will not be made available to any third party without your permission.
  • Registration: The business entered in this Export Awards category is registered with the New Zealand Companies Office.
  • Investigation: The business entered in this Export Awards category is not under investigation by any New Zealand or international statutory body (e.g. ACC, NZ Police, Health and Disability Commission, IRD).
  • Catchment Area: The export earnings and revenue generating operations of the business are within the catchment area for the region in which it is entered. Auckland/Waikato: Northland, Auckland, Waikato Wellington: Wellington, Kapiti, Wairarapa, Manawatū Bay of Plenty: Area covering Waihi to Hicks Bay and down to Taupō Hawke's Bay: Tairāwhiti Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Tararua
Judges' Choice
Logo Buy NZ Made

The Buy NZ Made Judges' Choice Award gives special recognition for outstanding achievement in exporting. The winner is chosen from an entrant that does not win one of the four Best/Excellence categories.

Exporter of The Year
ASB logo

The ASB Exporter of the Year Award recognises the tremendous success of a business and its contribution to the wider Wellington region.

The business will have demonstrated sustained and outstanding performance and results in terms of: 

  • Earnings, growth and profit 
  • Leadership and direction 
  • Excellence in marketing 
  • Strategy and business planning 
  • Commitment to quality management 
  • Governance

A word Cogo, from last year's Exporter of the Year winner

Applying for the Sustainability Category of Wellington's Export Awards was important for Cogo. Not only to wave the Wellington flag but also the important Sustainability one. The process was a lot easier and more efficient than other awards we've entered, whilst remaining thorough. We attained great feedback from the judges that we have used to sharpen our pitch and processes. The night was a fantastic event celebrating with other Wellington businesses and we were blown away to take out Wellington Exporter of the Year. We did not expect it and we are thrilled to now promote this accolade abroad. I'd encourage any Wellington-based exporter to throw their company's name into the hat.

Josh Dry | Director Enterprise Solutions & Partnerships, North America & Asia-Pacific

A word from Taylor Preston, last year's Best Established Business Winner

Taylor Preston has been a successful export company for over 30 years and has not previously promoted its self, but as markets are changing we have realised that it is important to have a more public profile, both domestically for the labour market and internationally for our sales and marketing.

People want to identify with a successful company and understand their values and what they are all about as a business.  Entering the Wellington Export Awards was one way Taylor Preston sought to build on our profile and reputation as an excellent company to work for and deal with.

Carolyn Thomson | Human Resources Manager - Taylor Preston

Important Awards timelines you need to know

  • 2 February - Category entries open
  • 12 April - Category entries close
  • 29 April - Finalists announced
  • 6 June - Awards Gala Night

Our previous category winners

Export Awards 2024 Sponsor Logos

Thank you to our sponsors

Export Awards 2023 Winners
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General contact

Phone:
04 473 7224
Email:
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Postal Address
PO Box 1087
Wellington 6140
Head Office:
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