The New Zealand International Business Awards 2018: Winners

An innovative software company that shows the world how to understand what lies beneath the land and the oceans has won the Supreme Award at the 2018 New Zealand International Business Awards.

SEEQUENT, work in the development of visual data science software.

They have advanced 3D graphic solutions which enable people to create rich stories and uncover valuable insights from geological data, and ultimately make better decisions about the earth, environment and energy challenges.

The judges were impressed with how well Seequent portrayed the emerging story of New Zealand on the global stage – advanced technology, focussed on making the world better, operating in a high-value niche and executed with precision, tenacity and ambition. Seequent demonstrates how you can grow a global business from New Zealand and have a positive impact on some of the world’s biggest problems.

More than 500 people at a black-tie event in Auckland celebrated the 31 leading export companies that made it through to the finals of the awards.

They came from around New Zealand and represented an array of sectors, demonstrating the nation’s business diversity and innovation.

For the first time at these awards, recognition was given to Inspiring Women Leaders. Seven outstanding businesswomen were nominated for this award, and the judges could not separate two of the nominees.

The New Zealand International Business Awards are run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and supported by Strategic Partner, ANZ New Zealand Limited.

They celebrate the success of New Zealand businesses on the world stage and recognise excellence and innovative practice.

The winners:

THE SUPREME AWARD (CHOSEN FROM THE WINNERS OF ALL CATEGORIES):

2018 Supreme winner – Seequent

HE KAI KEI AKU RINGA FOR MAORI EXCELLENCE IN EXPORT

Port Nicholson Fisheries LP

Port Nicholson Fisheries is the largest Maori-owned exporter of live lobster.

It is also the largest North Island exporter and second largest nationally.

It exports premium quality live lobster directly to customers in China.

INSPIRING TEAM LEADERSHIP

Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Douglas Pharmaceuticals is a New Zealand success story – a pharmaceutical company with a reputation for high manufacturing standards, quality products and outstanding client service.

Founded in 1967 by managing director Sir Graeme Douglas, Douglas Pharmaceuticals is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical development and manufacturing companies in Oceania.

INSPIRING WOMEN LEADERS (2 winners)

Sarah Kennedy: Calocurb Ltd

A CEO for more than 20 years across a number of companies, and now leading Calocurb Ltd in the health and wellness sector.

Plant-based weight management supplement Calocurb, was launched earlier this year and in its short tenure has already experienced impressive growth, expanding into the US, with more markets in sight.

Aliesha Staples: StaplesVR

The founder of StaplesVR and a high-profile New Zealand producer and pioneer of VR, AR and new technologies. Her company, Staples VR, has an impressive roster of both local and international clients, producing virtual and augmented experiences for the likes of Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, the ABC, Disney and TVNZ.

Most recently Aliesha has been the driving force behind vRemedies, a company that solves complex medical industry-based problems using creative technologies.

ANZ BEST EMERGING BUSINESS

Auckland BioSciences

Auckland BioSciences is a life sciences company sourcing and manufacturing New Zealand biological products for some of the largest animal pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Exporting to 14 countries after four years of operations, Auckland BioSciences has gained a solid foothold on the international stage through the consistently high quality of its products, its customer-centric approach to business, and its strong partnerships in both New Zealand and abroad.

ANZ BEST MEDIUM BUSINESS

Seequent

Software developer Seequent is a global leader in the development of visual data science software and collaborative technologies.

ANZ BEST LARGE BUSINESS

Skyline Luge International

Known for a pioneering spirit and innovation, Skyline Enterprises has been at the forefront of New Zealand tourism since 1966, when the company built a gondola from Queenstown to Bob’s Peak to service a burgeoning restaurant business.

It has since evolved, expanding and diversifying its offering to provide world-class leisure and entertainment experiences for domestic and international travellers in both New Zealand and overseas.

In addition to luge rides in Queenstown and Rotorua, Skyline has spread to six international locations with more in the pipeline.

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION

Serko

Serko has been the leading online booking tool for corporate travel in Australasia since the company was established in 2007. It has subsequently expanded its offering into expense management and become a publicly-listed business.

Serko employs more than 100 people across three countries. It services customers in over 25 countries worldwide, with main markets in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe.

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has a reputation for delivering world-leading healthcare solutions.

Founded 50 years ago, its design focus is about ‘doing the best for patients’.

Each year, an estimated 10 million patients are treated using products designed and manufactured by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.

Today, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare employs more than 3,500 people based in 36 countries and serving more than 120 markets.

INSPIRING PREFERENCE FOR NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand King Salmon

New Zealand King Salmon uses its unique stories of people, place and pride to create the ultimate salmon experience, with New Zealand as the backbone for each of its brands.

Ora King is New Zealand King Salmon’s unique breed of King salmon.

Aimed at the premium food-service market, Ora King is featured on the menus of more than 1,000 top restaurants worldwide.