Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most common questions

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Who Can Enter?

The Network NZ Business Awards are open to all business owners within New Zealand. There is no requirement to be a member of Network NZ and no preference will be given to member's vs non-member's.

Anyone with a New Zealand based business can enter regardless of whether your business is full time or part time, or whether you are working on your own or employ staff. You can be a Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, NFP or Charity.

Your business must be at least 1 year old to be eligible to enter. 

How Do I Enter?

You can enter your business by going to the Entry page, where you will need to pay the $100 entry fee. This fee is payable once per business, and you can enter for as many categories as you feel appropriate for your business. Once you have paid the entry fee you will be able to access the entry forms. You need to complete one entry per category to answer the specific category questions. 

If you feel you cannot afford the entry fee, apply for a sponsored entry here thanks to Network NZ & The Common.

 

Can I Enter More Than One Business?

Yes, you may enter more than one business. Each business will need to pay a separate entry fee and you will need complete separate entry forms for each business for each category you wish to be entered into.

When Are They Running?

 

 

  • Self Nominations: 9am 6th May to 8pm 30th June 2019 (Now EXTENDED)
  • Judging: 1st to 18th July 2019
  • Finalist Ceremony: 4pm 19th July 2019 at The Common, Parnell, Auckland (6pm announcement)
  • Finalist Interviews: 12nd July to 9th August 2019
  • People’s Choice Voting: 10am 20th July to 8pm 11th August 2019
  • Awards Ceremony: Saturday 17th August 2019 at The Common, Parnell, Auckland

 

 

Why is there an entry fee?

There is a $100+gst entry fee per business, and you can enter as many categories as you feel eligible for. EVERY entry will receive quality, valuable feedback from our team of judges. We have brought together an amazing team of judges who are qualified professionals who have the backing of years of experience. They will be assessing your entry and giving you quality, substantial feedback, and each entry will be judged by 3 judges. We want this entry process to be of immense value to your business. We also recognise the effort that goes into entering, and want to provide you with the best possible value in return for your entry. As a further thank you for entering every business will receive:

  • 1 month Strategic Space Membership at The Common (for August 2019) –  valued $275+gst
  • Valuable feedback on every entry submitted
  • Awards entrant badge for use in your own promotion

If you feel you cannot afford the entry fee, apply for a sponsored entry here thanks to Network NZ & The Common.

How Does The Judging Work?

 

The judging will be conducted by nominated persons from our sponsors, Network NZ Leader Panel, and a panel of business coaches. Each entry will be judged by 3 randomly selected judges from the pool judges. 

Our judges will be following strict judging criteria to ensure all entries are judged fairly and Mandy Chamberlin and Candice Baker, the Directors of the Network NZ will be overseeing the judging process. Each judge will not take part in assessing any entry where there may be a personal or professional conflict of interest.

Once all entries have been received, the judges will narrow down the entries to the top 4 finalists for each category. 

 

What Are The Prizes?

Please read here for a rundown of all the prizes. The Network NZ Business of the Year will receive a prize pack valued at over $15,000 and the Peoples Choice Winner will receive a prize pack valued at over $1,000.

How Will The Awards Be Promoted?

The awards will be promoted throughout the Network NZ network via website, newsletter and our social media platforms.

Is There An Awards Ceremony?

There will be a finalist announcement ceremony on Friday 19th July 2019 at The Common in Parnell, Auckland. All entrants and sponsors will be invited to attend. This event is open for anyone to attend. Due to limited space, tickets will need to be booked on the Network NZ website. This event will be live streamed on Facebook also. 

The final awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 17th August 2019 at The Common in Parnell, Auckland. Tickets for this event will be available for purchase from the Network NZ website. All entrants, finalists and sponsors will be invited to attend. This event will be open for anyone to attend, they will need to purchase a ticket. We will be live streaming the event to Network NZ Facebook channels. The winners will also be publicly announced via Network NZ social media channels and newsletter.

 

 

Do I Need To Be A Network NZ Member To Enter?

No, you do not need to be a paid Network NZ Breakthrough Member to enter the awards. There are many benefits to being a member, but it is not a pre-requisite for entry, nor will members be given any preference. If you would like to join as a member, check out the options here. Otherwise, join us in our free Facebook business community here

How Do I Sponsor The Awards?

We've got a few opportunities to get involved in the awards, check out our Sponsors page here, and then please get in touch with us

Still have a question?

If you have any questions, comments or need some help with anything, please feel free to get in touch using the contact form. We will get back to you as soon as we can. 

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