Westpac Business Excellence Awards

The Westpac Business Excellence Awards take place all around the country, in conjunction with local Chambers of Commerce. They give all businesses the opportunity to benchmark their success against other local businesses, including those outside of their own industries.

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Why should I enter?

It’s not always easy to find time to work on, rather than in, your business. Entering the Westpac Business Excellence Awards is a great opportunity to step back and take a critical look at what makes your business tick.


Seeing how things are done by businesses outside your field is a great way to inject fresh ideas into your business. The Awards give you a window into how other businesses have built success.


The process of preparing an entry can be immensely beneficial to your business, encouraging you to step back and look at your strengths and weaknesses.

Expert Feedback

Entering the Awards helps you gain an outside-in view of your business. Past entrants have found the feedback they receive from the judges to be incredibly valuable.

Business Profile & Recognition

Winning the Awards will increase your exposure and as a result help boost staff morale and motivation as a result.

The Westpac Business Excellence Awards run throughout New Zealand and offer a range of different Awards celebrating local business success.

How does it work?

This year Westpac is sponsoring 11 Business Excellence Awards across the country in association with the local Chamber of Commerce or an Economic Development Agency in each region. To find the contact details for your local Chamber or EDA, please refer to the tables below.

Business Awards Region Chamber Contact Chamber Email Entries Open Entries close Gala Dinner
Auckland Central Rebecca Seymour-East rseymour-east@chamber.co.nz 1 Mar 22 June 14 Nov
Auckland North Rebecca Seymour-East rseymour-east@chamber.co.nz 1 Mar 22 June 30 Oct
Auckland South Rebecca Seymour-East rseymour-east@chamber.co.nz 1 Mar 22 June 18 Oct
Auckland West Rebecca Seymour-East rseymour-east@chamber.co.nz 1 Mar 22 June 2 Nov
Southland Janine Small   janine@commercesouth.com 27 April 31 July
29 Sep
Canterbury Julianna Malone info@championcanterbury.org.nz 2 May 10 June 4 Oct
Northland  Tony Collins ceo@northchamber.co.nz  24 Apr 1 Aug 27 Oct
Porirua City Tracy Johnson tracy@poriruachamber.co.nz 10 Jul 22 Aug 17 Nov
Rotorua  Darrin Walsh ceo@rotoruachamber.co.nz 22 Mar 8 July 7 Oct
Tauranga  Anne Pankhurst awards@tauranga.org.nz 9 May 26 Aug 10 Nov
Waikato William Durning ceo@waikatochamber.co.nz 29 Mar 30 June 3 Nov
Gisborne No Awards for 2017        
Otago  No awards for 2017        
Queenstown No awards for 2017        
Manawatu No awards for 2017        

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