We are getting ready to celebrate your success at the Business Awards

On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, from 5 pm at the Trusts Arena, Henderson, Auckland

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Leader of the Opposition Bill English with Yenti Kushor of Crimson Education, Winner of the Supreme Business Award 2017 on November 27, 2017

Venkat Raman
Auckland, November 1, 2022

The countdown begins today for one of the most important events in New Zealand’s business calendar with entrants, participants, sponsors, judges and guests raising their expectations of the Indian Newslink Business Awards.

Chip Dawson, Chairman of the Panel of Judges, said that the Awards Programme, the thirteenth in the annual series, has enlisted the largest number of entrants, demonstrating the high level of integrity and quality of the entry and judging process.

The Indian Newslink Business Awards Presentation Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at Trusts Arena, located at 65 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland. The event will begin at 5 pm with Cocktails and Networking, followed by speeches, entertainment, plated dinner and the main event.

Jackie Clarke, a Celebrity Entertainer returns to the Indian Newslink event as the Master of the Ceremonies. She will sing, dance and entertain guests, adding dignity and honour to our Awards.

Prime Minister John Key with Indra Sirigiri, Executive Chairman, the Link2 Group, winner of the Supreme Business Award and others at the Awards Ceremony held on November 28, 2016

Mr Dawson said that the event will as usual bring together political, business, professional and community leaders, along with start-ups, investors and others.

“This is our 13th year of celebrating Excellence in the New Zealand South Asian and Fiji communities, and the Awards Night will be significant in sharing your success. It is our great pleasure to invite you to join an outstanding group of businesses in achieving magnificent results in a time around the world characterised by uncertainty, and financial and economic challenges perpetrated by Covid-19 and other factors. New Zealand has been amazingly resultant thanks to the efforts of the entire ‘team of five million.’ We look forward to receiving you at the Awards Night Ceremony,” he said.

Extensive Categories

New Zealand businesses consider our Awards Programme as the most extensive in their scope and extensive with a high level of integrity and honesty. Following the call for entries on March 1, Mr Dawson and his colleagues conduct three free workshops explaining ‘How to file a good entry,’ ‘The importance of writing a good Business Plan,’ ‘Ways of raising Capital,’ and other major issues such as raising productivity and profitability health and safety and compliance and good employer-employee relations.

“We are very excited about the categories and focus of the Awards this year as we have expanded the topics to include organisations that are doing business in both India and Fiji as well as other countries such as businesses (registered in New Zealand) owned, operated, managed or franchised by people from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal,” Mr Dawson said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges and others with Raj Pardeep and Ashima Singh of Legal Associates, Winner of the Supreme Awards 2018 on November 26, 2018

There are 18 categories in this year’s Awards Programme. They are (1) Business Excellence in Retail Business     (2) Business Excellence in Innovation (3) Business Excellence in Marketing (4) Business Excellence in Customer Service (5) Best Employer of Choice (6) Business Excellence in Health & Safety (7) Business Excellence with Ethics and Compliance (8) Business Excellence with Social Responsibility (9) Best Small Business (10) Best Medium Business (11) Best Large Business (12) Business Excellence in International Trade with India (13) Business Excellence in International Trade with Fiji (14) Best Accountant of the Year (15) Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year (16) Best Financial Advisor (Mortgage) (17) Best Financial Advisor (Insurance) (18) Best Businesswoman of the Year. Winners in each of these categories will automatically be evaluated for the Best Supreme Business Award.

Mr Dawson said that the Indian Newslink Business Awards 2022 have been designed to recognise Excellence in these categories including individuals who display outstanding achievement in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Insurance, Accounting, and Mortgage Management.

“We have identified an area of key concern for all New Zealanders such as good Human Resources Management, Ethics and Social Responsibility as well as Health and Safety. The increasing importance of recognising women for their entrepreneurial excellence has encouraged us to create a special category since 2010,” he said.

Jackie Clarke, our Master of Ceremonies, Indian Newslink Business Awards, November 25, 2019

Robust Judging Process

Mr Dawson said that the approach with the Panel of Judges has always been professional with the highest level of integrity and standards in the difficult process of selecting leading companies for their achievements.

“Our Judges have extensive experience in judging and evaluating top companies throughout New Zealand. These Awards of Excellence build a closer team within the organisation and create an opportunity to identify exceptional staff with great talent within the companies for future leadership,” he said.

The Independent Panel of Judges include (1) Chip Dawson, Managing Director, International Business Management Ltd (Chairman) (2) Nevil Gibson, Consultant (Retired Editor-in-Chief, The National Business Review) (3) June McCabe, Director, Sustainable Prosperity (4) Paul Gestro, Consultant, ASB (5) Ann McKenzie, Consultant, Safe 365 Limited (6) Richard McLean, Chairman, Hansa Product and Spark 64 (7) Sandra Sweetman, Former General Manager (Operations) EasiYo Products (8) Clinton Swan, Consultant, RegulAtion, MIT Sloan School of Management, Singapore

“We believe that the three workshops that we conducted assisted organisations to understand the process of entering the Awards and building a strategic plan for the future of their business. These workshops continue to provide great value to the entire business community.

Gala Black Tie Dinner

The forthcoming spectacular Black-Tie Gala Dinner and Awards Night will celebrate the winners in each category with an outstanding selection of highly distinguished politicians and guests who will applaud our finalists and winners,” he said.

Among those attending the Awards Night will be manufacturers, retailers, restaurateurs, exporters, business consultants, bankers, investment advisors, accountants, lawyers, engineers, healthcare givers, finance companies, finance and insurance brokers and other service providers.

Comments of Leaders

Over the years, our Awards Night Ceremony has been attended by the leaders of the country. They have expressed their appreciation for the significant contributions of the South Asian business community in the progress of the country’s economy and business.

The following are some of the comments heard.

“I commend Indian Newslink for initiating the Business Awards Programme, which rewards business success and motivates New Zealanders of Indian origin to foster innovation.” Sir Anand Satyanand (Governor General of New Zealand, November 15, 2010).

“Indian Newslink is doing a commendable job. I read it regularly. IBA keeps growing and I am always looking forward to attending the event every year.” John Key (Prime Minister, November 28, 2016).

“The (IBA) Award Presentation Ceremony is a superb occasion, as it has been since its inception.  One of the special features of these Awards is not just simply the Indian community recognising the best achievements of its own but understanding and recognising just how much the wider Indian community contributes to the New Zealand economy- Bill English (Leader of the Opposition, November 27, 2017).

“My government is focusing on creating opportunities for businesses to grow and Awards such as the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards are important to recognise and reward business successes. Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister, November 26, 2018)

“I want Auckland to be the best city, providing the best infrastructure and the best incentives for businesses to grow. I congratulate Indian Newslink for its exceptional job and for instituting the IBA.” Phil Goff (Former Mayor of Auckland, November 25, 2019).

Reservation and Tickets

Tickets for the Awards Presentation Ceremony, priced at $150 plus GST per person and tables seating ten persons each at $1500 plus GST are available. Indian Newslink events are pre-booked and hence prior reservation is essential. Further information can be obtained on 021-836528. Email: venkat@indiannewslink.nz

Photographs for Indian Newslink by Narendra Bedekar, Creative Eye Fotographics

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