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Understand How To Win

To win the Unison Great Lake Taupo Business Awards 2023, you must be the top scorer in your category based on your;

  • Entry Form and supporting information
  • Judges Visit and your ‘Pitch’
  • Finalists and Highly Commended will be acknowledged, with winners awarded a trophy & certificate, together with a prize from their category sponsor to the value of $500. The BNZ Overall Business of the Year Winner also receives a prize to the value of $1000 towards marketing their business and $1000 Air New Zealand Travel voucher.


There are three workshops throughout the awards programme to help you work through each question in your submission. The workshops are free and provide valuable information on how best to answer the questions – these workshops will tell you what the judges are looking for!


Submit your awards entry by 5pm on Monday 29th May 2023

Submissions must be through our online application platform on this website and will be judged by a panel of experts.

We have specialist independent judges for all categories. All our judges are selected for their business skill and knowledge. Our Independent Judging panel will review all entries and mark them against our set judging criteria and marking system. These marks will determine our finalists for each category.

Finalists are announced at our Finalist Announcement event on the 4th of July 2023.


Our Independent Judges will do site visits, to ensure consistency and to get a better understanding of your people and your place. At the site visit, they will drill to the detail of your entry form to gain a comprehensive impression of the business. Each finalist will also pitch their business to the Independent Judge. You have the opportunity to bring your team and present your pitch in any way that best showcases your business and puts your case forward for a win.

This pitch and interview could take up to two hours and will be booked appointment times prior.

The Independent Judge will then mark the businesses and write up constructive feedback for the judges and for you to review after the awards night.

The entire judging panel consider the finalists and have input into the Unison Great Lake Taupō Business of the Year Award.

Winners are announced at the Gala Awards Dinner Friday 11th August 2023.


Our judges will mark the entrants throughout the Stage One and Stage Two judging process and write up constructive feedback which will be provided to all entrants to receive after the conclusion of the Gala Awards night.


All entries and supporting information remains confidential and will be viewed by the judging panel only. All judges sign a written confidentiality agreement and all entries are destroyed from the judges computers within two months following the awards. No information will be disclosed to individuals or organisations other than the judges and Awards Convenor. The Chief Judge’s decision is final. No correspondence or debate will be entered into.