Northland Business Excellence Awards 2023


For 44 years, The Northland Business Excellence Awards has held pride of place in the Northland business events calendar. Organised by NorthChamber (The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Northland Incorporated) and supported through the years by generous sponsors and cheerleaders of the Northland business community, it offers local businesses big and small an incredible opportunity to measure, recognise, and honour business excellence.

With the exception of 2020, the year of Covid-19 when the awards took on a more community-based format under the name Northland Business Champions, NorthChamber has used the platform created by the Awards process to encourage businesses to undergo independent evaluation through the entry process showcasing successful, profitable businesses and spotlighting their outstanding achievements.

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Entries & nominations open for Business Awards, Cultural and Creative Industries, Not for Profit, and Workplace Safety Categories
Open April 2023 (Entries close 28 July 2023) – ENTER NOW

Entries & nominations open for Best Digital Transformation, Environmental Excellence, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award, and Innovate Northland Categories
Open April 2023 (Entries close 28 July 2023) – ENTER NOW

Entrant Coaching Clinics
Hosted regionally throughout May, June and July – refer to this page for dates and locations.

Call for Nominations for for More FM Customer Choice Award
Open Monday 8th August 2022 (Nominations close Friday 16th September 2022)

Call for Nominations to The Northern Advocate Business Hall of Fame
Open Thursday 3rd August 2023 (Nominations close Friday 15th September 2023)

Call for Nominations for He Poutama Taitamariki Award (Youth Employee of the Year)
Open Thursday 3rd August 2023 (Nominations close Friday 15th September 2023)

Entrant Breakfasts
Hosted regionally throughout August – refer to this page for dates and locations.

Awards Presentation & Celebration evening 2023
Friday 3rd November 2023

Excellence in Cultural and Creative Industries Award

Creative Northland are thrilled to sponsor this award for the 2023 Northland Business Awards.

Who can enter the Creative Northland Excellence in Cultural and Creative Industries category?

All individuals, businesses and organisations in the creative and cultural sector are encouraged to apply.
This specialist category rewards initiative, talent, creativity and entrepreneurship across the creative and cultural industries, recognising the central role they play in the development of a competitive and sustainable creative economy.

The cultural and creative industries are: 
  • Those sectors of organised activity that have as their main objective the production or reproduction, the promotion, distribution or commercialisation of goods, services and activities of content derived from cultural, artistic or heritage origins.
  • This approach places the emphasis on goods, services and activities of a cultural/ artistic and or heritage nature, whose origin lies in human creativity, whether past or present.
  • It also underscores the necessary functions of each aspect of the cultural value chain that allows goods, services and activities to reach a public and market.
  • Therefore this definition is not limited to only the output of human creativity and industrial reproduction but includes other activities that contribute to the creation and distribution of cultural and creative products.
Examples below:
  1. Cultural and Natural Heritage: Museums, Archaeological and Historical Places, Cultural landscapes, Natural Heritage
  2. Performance and Celebration: Performing Arts, Music, Festivals, Fairs and Feasts
  3. Visual Arts and Crafts: Fine Arts, Photography, Crafts (can include Floral Design)
  4. Books and Press: Books, Newspaper and Magazines (also virtual), Libraries and Other printed matter (publishers)
  5. Audio Visual and Interactive Multi-Media: Radio and TV (also internet live streaming, podcasting, video games (also online), Digital storytelling, moving image, animation, video and audio (sound), computer graphics.
  6. Design and Creative Services: Fashion Design (can include Cosplay), Graphic Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Architectural Services, Advertising Services
  7. Nga Toi Maori (Maori Creativity) oral traditions and expressions, rituals, language and social practices
All these cultural domains are underpinned by
  • Education and Training
  • Archiving and Preserving
  • Equipment and supporting materials

Why should my business enter?

  • Benchmark your business against your competitors.
  • Receive free independent feedback on your business from experts in their fields.
  • Add value to your strategic and business planning.
  • Energise, motivate and build your team for the future.
  • Strengthen your business capability.
  • Leverage off the multiple marketing and networking opportunities
  • Finalists and winners highlight your success to all your stakeholders. (Awards logos are available for marketing and promotion.)
  • Category winners receive a Media Prize, to promote their business. Courtesy of MediaWorks Northland and The Northern Advocate.
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