2017 Winners & Finalists ...

2017 DOMINION POST WELLINGTON GOLD AWARD WINNER
~ FLICK ELECTRIC CO. ~

Flick gives customers a set of digital tools to keep tabs on the changing price of electricity, saving them over $8 million dollars since startup. 


 

CREATIVE GOLD in association with Fullerton Markets
~ film, media & creative content

2017 WINNER:
~ HUMAN DYNAMO WORKSHOP ~

Human Dynamo designs and builds all sorts of fantastic stuff like futuristic motorbikes and fake burgers for ad agencies and movie-makers, to widespread applause.

2017 FINALISTS
COUCH KUMARAS
concentrate on short-form video production. In their first two years in business, they’ve exceeded all expectations, including their own in doubling predicted growth. 
MASSEY - COLLEGE OF CREATIVE ARTS is ranked 2nd among the Asia-Pacific region’s design schools, up from 5th last year, and is in the world Top 100.
NZ SCHOOL OF DANCE  One of the Southern Hemisphere's leading training institutions, preparing classical and contemporary dancers for professional careers, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017.
POW STUDIOS - Tired of the boom and bust freelance world, the POW founders have built a sustainable working environment for film industry professionals, that’s now …  booming.
STUDIO PACIFIC ARCHITECTURE celebrates 25 years in business this year, growing from the three founding partners to a practice currently employing over 80 people.
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CYBER GOLD  in association with PwC 
~ technology creator


2017 WINNER
 ~ FLICK ELECTRIC CO. ~

Flick gives customers a set of digital tools to keep tabs on the changing price of electricity, saving them over $8 million dollars since startup. 

2017 FINALISTS
ALPHERO
deals in digital transformation – helping organisations like Co-operative Bank, Mediaworks and TVNZ drive through digital changes quickly and flexibly with mobile apps and websites.
CORELOGIC provides property data and analytics. Their revolutionary solution Cordell Sum Sure addresses the under-insurance issue, providing greater certainty for insurers, home owners and lenders.
HOMES.CO.NZ
offers NZ’s most comprehensive real estate dataset through a deceptively simple website – 300,000 homeowners, planners, lenders, buyers and sellers use the service each month. 
SUITEFILES
builds cloud-based document management software, gaining world-class appeal as robust, affordable and easy-to-use. 75% of users come from the accounting and financial services industry.

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DISCOVERING GOLD in association with DATACOM
~ recent R&D projects

2017 WINNER
~ F220 FIRE ALARM CONTROL PANEL by Pertronic ~
This is the latest from the fire alarm equipment makers at Wingate. This panel has proved a big success in Australia and will soon hit the local market.

2017 FINALISTS
ECOSLAB by Poly Palace 
takes waste polystyrene and turns it back into a useable form in a process that’s fifteen times cheaper than getting it done overseas.
SME&U by Dot Loves Data’s super brains and marketers are working with artificial intelligence to dig deep into messy, unstructured data and find the compelling story within.
RIVER WATCH WATER SENSOR by WAI NZ measures water quality over a sustained period, at 10 to 20% of the cost of current single test methods.
WALK & RUN IN VR by Virtual Reality Kiwi who have achieved a world first – a platform allowing participants to walk and run within VR environments in a way that feels totally natural.
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EMERGING - PRODUCTS in association with TELESMART
~ 10 or fewer full time employees

2017 WINNER
~ FIX AND FOGG PEANUT BUTTER MAKERS ~

Fix and Fogg take ordinary peanuts and give them extraordinary powers - four varieties of peanut butter have conquered taste buds and supermarket shelves nationwide.

2017 FINALISTS
EXCIO
is an app, partnered with Te Papa, takes the world’s most stimulating images and puts them on mobile devices’ homescreens – to enchant, delight and inspire.
LITTLE YELLOW BIRD supplies corporate clothing made in ways that don’t compromise workers or the environment. Two years from start-up they now have over 50 clients.
SIX BARREL SODA CO rebranded last year and the revitalized product range is now doing the business: 20% more business than last year, so everyone’s fizzing.
SURVIVE-IT provides specialist CD solutions to individuals, business and groups who agree that the company’s motto - Prepare now, survive later - is one to live by.
THE CLAREVILLE BAKERY puts a lot of effort into its business, and a lot back into the local community – and both are thriving as a result, and winning foodie awards aplenty!

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EMERGING - SERVICES in association with MEREDITH CONNELL
~ 10 or fewer full time employees

2017 WINNER
~ THE FORMARY ~ 
The Formary is at the cutting edge of textile development, repurposing old fabrics and food waste into new products championing the new circular economy.

2017 FINALISTS
DELIVEREASY
  The app that lets you choose the meal, the restaurant and the time of delivery – it’s become Wellington’s most popular restaurant delivery service.
HELLO DIGITAL
creates innovative digital products that solve problems, disrupt incumbents and change the world. Most of last year’s revenue came from offshore.
QUANTUM SECURITY is a young, dynamic company which has recently been working with the Government to get a Public Cloud service approved, for the first time. 
THE MISPRINT CO organises the collection of waste paper and remaking it into notebooks.  Already they’ve rescued nearly a quarter of a million A4 sheets.
WIZWIRELESS is on a mission to bring rural broadband to users all through the Wairarapa and beyond. They make it a rule to never say “no”.
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GLOBAL GOLD in association with ANZ
~ exporters

2017 WINNER
~ POWERSHOP ~
  
Powershop is changing the way the world’s electricity retailers sell power - with world-class Wellington software and world-class Wellington customer service that’s saving everyone money.

2017 FINALISTS
HILLS HATS headwear regularly graces the cover of Vogue and other mags, turning heads around the world with exports building year on year.
KOWTOW CLOTHING, a sustainable womenswear brand made entirely from certified organic cotton, is in its tenth year selling ethical fashion in over 200 retailers worldwide.
MAVEN GROUP helps businesses, governments and communities to succeed, innovate and flourish – the motto “competing smart”  means they’ve been winning jobs over some big international names.
POSTR is a Wellington-born start-up business revolutionising mobile advertising for global brands – 60% user-acceptance figures are light years ahead of the competition, any competition.
PACKAWORLD INTERNATIONAL’s inflatable recreation equipment has taken off – fantastic sales results, flourishing global relationships and advances in product design made last year’s results particularly buoyant.  
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SUPPORTING GOLD  in association with Beca
~ services & infrastructure

2017 WINNER
~ METCO ENGINEERING ~
 
Metco competes on the world market, from Antarctica to China, designing and manufacturing componentry for the likes of the NZDF, Weta Digital and AT&T.

2017 FINALISTS
CAPITAL & COAST DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD
Integrating the Lab work for 3 DHBs into one streamlined service saw waiting times reduced and should save $82.4 million over the next 10 years.
FREEMAN MEDIA provides information services to the resources and energy sector with publications, maps, events and New Zealand’s first ever subscription-based paywall web-only news service.
GO FI8URE has lifted the lid and raised the bar on SME book-keeping services, earning the plaudit “the perfect book-keeper” from leading software supplier Xero.
HAZARDCO provides small businesses in New Zealand with a comprehensive range of H&S audits, systems and services. It’s health and safety made simple, and effective.
LITTLE SCHOOL started in 2003 as a single Early Childhood Education Centre.  Now there are five, with more than 180 toddlers happily learning neat stuff every day.
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VIBRANT GOLD in association with Tranzit Group
~ events & hospitality

2017 WINNER
~ NEW ZEALAND FESTIVAL 2016 ~
Turning 30 last year, the Festival has transformed Wellington into one of the world’s greatest festival cities, again. Attendance was up nearly 50%, spirits immeasurably so.

2017 FINALISTS
BEERVANA
  creating and connecting beer lovers through an intrepid, challenging and enlightening journey of beer discovery in New Zealand’s craft beer capital, since 2002. Cheers!
CUBADUPA is the free arts festival taking over Cuba Street every year. 1000 artists, 7 stages, 100,000 visitors adds up to magic by numbers.
PUKAHA MT BRUCE leads in restoring connections between native wildlife, the bush and people. The new Free Flight Aviary immerses visitors in a “bubble of forest”.
TOAST MARTINBOROUGH is about giving everyone a real taste of what the region has to offer, bringing over $1.4 million to the local economy last year.
VISA WELLINGTON ON A PLATE showcases the best of the region’s culinary and hospo expertise – from farm to plate with over 120 events last year.
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BEST PRACTISE AWARDS:

ACC WORKPLACE SAFETY AWARD
~ workplace safety practices

2017 WINNER
 ~ NIWA ~  
NIWA crews spend a lot of time out on the water, but there hasn’t been a serious injury on the big boats in years.

2017 FINALISTS
BARNARDOS NZ
helps more than 1500 Kiwi kids a year get through family violence, abuse and neglect, while actively embracing H&S for its 650 staff.
LOCKHEED MARTIN keeps organisations like the Army, Police and Fire Service running smoothly. A new H&S programme does the same for their workforce.
MCKEE FEHL CONSTRUCTORS handles a huge range of projects across the city. Key to the company’s success is robust risk management of people and process.
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GREEN GOLD in association with Greater Wellington Regional Council
~ sustainability programmes & products

2017 WINNER
~ PEOPLES COFFEE ~  
Peoples Coffee is sustainable from the grounds up, striving to minimise their impact on the environment and actively encouraging customers and clients to do the same. 

2017 FINALISTS
FLICK ELECTRIC CO.
has a truly disruptive business model that gives consumers genuine choice in what they pay for electricity, saving them around 24% on average.
MARTYGIRL SKINFOOD – every product is hand-made, packed full of local ingredients and packed into recyclable pots and jars - marketed for consumers, not at them.
METAL ART creators of corporate and outdoor furnishings, works sustainably with metal AND plastic, distributing over 250 products made from recycled plastic throughout the country.
ROYAL WELLINGTON GOLF CLUB has reduced its water use and adopted a stream care plan as part of its drive so the greens are truly Green.
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TEAM GOLD in association with MOMENTUM
~ HR & wellness programmes

2017 WINNERS
 ~ ALPHERO ~
Alphero's approach to project planning puts work-life balance to the fore, so that staff don’t need to work weekends or late nights.  And things get done.

2017 FINALISTS
ACCURO HEALTH INSURANCE has a small team to take care of 30,000 members, and of each other as well, with programmes including Wellness, sports teams and office bake-offs. 
MINISTRY FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES was launched following mergers in 2012 and staff engagement was low. Now thanks to a four-values capability and development programme, it’s more than doubled.
RIVAL WEALTH’s philosophy insists there’ll be comfy chairs and good coffee  - it’s a light-handed approach to the serious business of keeping the team together.
SNAPPER SERVICES is where most of the ‘doing’ is done by students and recent graduates. The intern programme gets them doing real, meaningful work, coached by senior ‘do-ers’.
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