Wondering what category to enter?

You must select ONE of the four Excellence in Business categories to enter – Micro, Small/Medium, Large or Not for Profit.

In addition you can also enter a maximum of 3 Business Practice Awards –  Excellence  in Leadership, Environmental Sustainability, Community Contribution, Social Media and Marketing and Innovation.

The submissions for the Business Categories will be specific for each sole trader, small/medium and large businesses – not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Each business will also be able to enter up to 3 Business Practice Awards, these are chosen individually so only the categories that businesses are passionate about are entered.


Still not sure about something, E-mail us and we can help: info@taupobusinessawards.co.nz

Excellence in Business - Micro Business

Sole Traders have one - two full-time employee (or equivalent); any sector

Excellence in Business - Small/Medium

Small/Medium businesses have three to ten full-time employees (or equivalent); any sector

Excellence in Business - Large

Large businesses have more than 11 full-time employees (or equivalent); any sector.

Excellence in Business - Not for Profit

The Not-for-Profit category is open to all organisations who have legal charitable status or non-profit exemption from IRD - regardless of size or type. This category will examine the business structure of your not-for-profit business and will take into account the different challenges that face charitable entities. It will not be an assessment of who is the 'best' charity or who does the 'best' work in the community.

Excellence in Innovation

Use & implementation of innovation & knowledge to enhance business excellence & performance.

Excellence in Environmental Sustainability

Recognition of, communication of, and support of environmentally sustainable practices.

Excellence in Social Media and Marketing

Recognition of an outstanding example of a marketing project and its performance.

Excellence in Community Contribution

Proactively involved & an ongoing supporter of the community in the wider Taupo region.

Excellence in Leadership

Provision of leadership in the way the organisation is run, the way in which it seizes new opportunities and the way it deals with issues when they arise.

People's Choice

This is an opportunity for any entrant to be acknowledged by those who matter most to them. Details on this will be announced at the Finalist Announcement function on the 1st of July.

Overall Business of the Year

All entrants will be considered for this supreme award regardless of category entered. This award recipient must be able to demonstrate excellence in all business areas.