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New Zealand Innovators Awards open for entries

22 Jul 15

Recognising Kiwi innovators for their revolutionary work, the New Zealand Innovators Awards (NZIA) open for entries until August 4th.

The awards are for the next wave of innovators, innovations and organisations that have invested in developing new products, services and ventures, as well as improving the performance of their people and teams.

The NZIA aims to recognise and celebrate high-growth New Zealand organisations, while also encouraging them to put themselves on the national stage, profile their business success, and get connected to the NZIA networks.

Entries can come from a broad range of industries including technology, agriculture, health, and sustainability.

This year Bayer New Zealand is again on board as Foundation Sponsor.

Holger Detje, Bayer NZ managing director, says, “Bayer is a global innovation leader and we’ve seen the difference that an innovative idea can make.

“We have many partnerships and collaborations around the world with external parties, and here in New Zealand particularly with universities - and we love to see Kiwis driving innovation, and showcasing New Zealand’s talent to the rest of the globe.

“Bayer is the only company simultaneously researching improvements in human, animal and plant health, so we’re particularly excited to see what comes out at this year’s NZIA in those areas.”

As part of its support of the awards, Bayer sponsors the Supreme New Zealand Innovator category, in which evaluators select an outstanding entry to be named New Zealand’s most innovative organisation or individual.

Dave Woods, Precision Seafood Harvesting manager, says, “New Zealand's future success is dependent upon its ability to innovate.

“Winning the 2014 Supreme NZ Innovator award was recognition of the progress achieved by our team towards the goal we've set of changing the way New Zealand and the world fishes.

"Entering these awards among other New Zealand innovators is a real honour and a great year-long learning experience.”

Entries for the NZ Innovators Awards are open until August 4th. The Awards evening will be held on October 21st at The Cloud on Auckland’s Waterfront.