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Air NZ, Fonterra, ARANZ Geo...finalists of the NZ Innovation Awards announced

05 Sep 2017

The finalists of the annual New Zealand Innovation Awards have been named – and the line-up includes a range of organisations, large enterprises, and public-sector entities as well as individuals and start-ups.

Representing game-changing innovation, this year's entries include ethical corporate workwear, Te Reo Maori smartphones, quiet drones, and solar-powered cow collars.

“They all demonstrate in their own way that Kiwi innovation has come a long way with a vibrant and active innovation in the business community,” says founder and chief executive of the New Zealand Innovation Council, Louise Webster.

“Since the awards began we have seen a shift away from businesses developing new products and services for the New Zealand market to a strong focus on export markets with many businesses going global from day one.”

Winners will be announced on October 19.

The finalists of the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards include:

Innovation in Technology Solutions

  • Air New Zealand - Customer Innovation Programme
  • ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software
  • Corvecto - Virtual Reality Training Solutions
  • fulcrum - The fulcrum HUB
  • Moxion
  • Onguard Group - Seismic Systems
  • The Social Club
  • Vector - Glen Innes Substation
  • WaterOutlook

Innovation in Systems and Performance Improvement

  • Fonterra Co-operative Group - Vitamin D Measurement
  • Forsite
  • Halter
  • High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) - Innovation Programme
  • Revisia - Industrial 3D Innovation
  • Soar Printing - Evolution through Innovation
  • Vigilance - Financial Risk Management
  • Waitemata District Health Board - Leapfrog Programme

Innovation in Education, Training and Development 

  • CORE Education - iNVENTIONATOR
  • Crimson Education
  • EdPotential
  • Fulton Hogan - Virtual Reality Training
  • Kami
  • Linewize - Classwize
  • Massey University Wellington - The Design+Democracy Project
  • Osnova - Amy

Innovation in Financial, Professional and Public Services 

  • Cream
  • Department of Internal Affairs - SmartStart
  • FluentIQ - Test Center
  • McCarthyFinch
  • Simplicity
  • Simply Payroll
  • StockX - A Smarter Exchange

Innovation in Media, Marketing and Communications

  •  2degrees - Data Hunt
  • AttitudeLive
  • Corvecto - Virtual Reality Training Solutions
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand - Escape My House
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior - Therapy Growth and Product Preference
  • Shuttlerock
  • Spring Sheep Milk Co. - New Zealand's Gentlest Milk
  •  Workhere New Zealand - LookSee Wellington
  •  Zavy

Innovation in Maori Development

  • Hiakai
  • Huawei New Zealand - Te Reo Maori Smartphone
  • Metia Interactive - Takaro
  • Plink Software - Tipu Te Reo Maori
  • Punarau Media - Pipi Ma

Innovation in Sustainability and Renewable Energy

  • EcobagsNZ - No to Plastic Bags, yes to Compostable
  • ecostore
  • Green Spot Technologies
  • Little Yellow Bird - Ethically Made Corporate Workwear
  • Marine Flex - Elastic Mooring
  • Organic Initiative (Oi)
  • solarcity New Zealand - solarZero energy service
  • Yealands Wine Group - Harnessing the power of the sun

Start-up Innovation of the Year

  • Anteater - Premium Edible Insects
  • Burnsafe NZ - Disposal of Landmines & Unexploded Ordnance
  • Firstcheck
  • Hiakai
  • Mevo - Electric Vehicles On Demand
  • Moxion
  • Previously Unavailable - Toothcrush
  • SolarBright – DATAeye

Click here to view the complete list of finalists. 

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