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NZ Hi-Tech Awards recognise Innovative Kiwi businesses

24 May 2016

The 2016 New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards results were announced in Auckland on Friday night, which honoured some of the country's innovative and successful businesses.

Flick Electric, an electricity retailer that has been in business for only two years, won the Vocus Communications Innovative Service Award.

According to Flick, it is the world's first platform that allows customers to choose their budgeted power price, which Flick then uses to bill customers on a weekly basis. Flick also provides web and mobile apps that provide feedback on customer power consumption and spending related to their budget.

Flick CEO Steve O'Connor says that the company aims to bring " unprecedented fairness, transparency, choice, control and value in the electricity retail market", saving customers up to $2 million.

“Creating value for our customers is what drives us – it’s the purpose of our innovation. And customers taking up our service, engaging with our products, giving us feedback, and spreading the word are the things that have made us successful. An idea is nothing without customers.

“What’s exciting is that this is just the beginning. We’ve got a strong innovation pipeline ahead and the team to make our dreams for customers a reality.” says O’Connor. The full list of winners is below.

2016 Flying Kiwis and inductees into the Tait Communications Hi-Tech Hall of Fame Katherine Corich Sam Morgan

Fronde Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award Winner: Danu Abeysuriya – CEO of Rush Digital

Qual IT Best Technology Solution for the Public Sector Award Winner: Silverstripe

IBM Most Innovative Company Award Winner: 90 Seconds

ATEED Best Technology Solution for the Creative Sector Award Winner: 90 Seconds

Callaghan Innovation Maori Innovation Award Winner: Precision Seafood Harvesting

Duncan Cotterill Innovative Software Product Award Winner: Movio

Endace Innovative Hardware Product Award Winner: Aeroqual

Vocus Communications Innovative Services Award Winner: Flick Electric

NZTE Most Innovative Agritech Product Award Winner: Outpost Central

Quick Circuit Innovative Mobile Award Winner: Serato

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year Winner: Figured

Coretex Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year Winner: ARANZ Medical

PwC NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year Award Winner: Vista Group

The High-Tech Awards featured 13 categories assessed by a judging panel of more than 50 people. Judges included James Caan from Dragons' Den and Linda Jenkinson, Chair of LesConcierges.