Welcome to the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2017

Indian Newslink, The English Language fortnightly, known as the ‘Voice of the Indian Community’ in New Zealand, launched the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards in 2008 to recognise and reward business successes in New Zealand. The categories have steadily expanded based on the feedback received from participants and readers of the newspaper.

Awards Ceremony

Our Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony, held in November, has been hailed as ‘bigger and better,’ year after year. The Awards Night Presentation Dinner held at the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland on November 27, 2016 has been described as “the best and biggest ever, bringing together a cross-section of New Zealand’s business community.”

Among the Guests of Honour were the then Prime Minister John Key, Revenue Minister Judith Collins, Commerce Minister (now Tertiary Education Minister) Paul Goldsmith, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, Opposition Leader Andrew Little, Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw, Act Party Leader David Seymour, Indian High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, BNZ Chairman Doug McKay, BNZ Managing Director & Chief Executive Anthony Healy, Freedom in the Air (London) Chief Executive Gautam Lewis, 2degrees Mobile Limited Stewart Sherriff and Mo Sherriff.

Mr Key said, “The Indian business community in New Zealand are effective partners in building our relationship. I am pleased to note that the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards are getting bigger and better every year.”

Guests of Honour

Since it began in 2008, the Awards Presentation Ceremony has had the honour of presence of several leaders and internationally recognised dignitaries including Prime Minister John Key, Sir Anand Satyanand (while in office as Governor General), Indian High Commissioners Kadakath Pathrose Ernest, Retired Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Avanindra Kumar Pandey, Ravi Thapar and Charge de Affaires (2015) Sandeep Sood, AUT University Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister (now Prime Minister) Bill English, Economic Development Minister (now Finance Minister) Steven Joyce, then Opposition Leaders Phil Goff, David Shearer and David Cunliffe, then Small Business Minister John Banks and then BNZ Chairman the late John Waller.

Our special guests from India included former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi (2012), the Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali (2013) and Former UNIDO Advisor Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi (2015).


This Year’s Awards

Nominations and Entries to the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2017 opened on March 1, 2017 and will close at 6 pm on August 31, 2017.

There are 14 categories in INLIBA 2017

The finalists and winners will be announced at a gala black tie dinner to be held on November 27, 2017 at the Sky City Convention Centre, details of which will be announced in due course.

Award Categories

  1. Business Excellence in Retail Trade
  2. Business Excellence in Innovation
  3. Business Excellence in Marketing
  4. Business Excellence in Customer Service
  5. Best Employer of Choice
  6. Best Small Business
  7. Best Medium Sized Business
  8. Best Large Business
  9. Business Excellence in International Business with India (For Importers and Exporters)
  10. Best Accountant of the Year
  11. Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  12. Best Businesswoman of the Year
  13. Best Financial Adviser (Mortgage) of the Year
  14. Best Financial Adviser (Insurance) of the Year


Supreme Business of the Year Award (All entries will be entered for this category)


Free Workshops

  1. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 4 pm: BNZ Partners (Rangitoto Board Room), 61 Constellation Drive, Rosedale, North Shore, Auckland
  2. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 4 pm: Level 8, Deloitte Centre, 80 Queen Street, Auckland City (Workshop in The Board Room, Level 7; please report at Reception, Level 8)
  3. Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 4 pm: BNZ, Level 1, 86 Highbrook Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland

To Register please email


Other Centres

We hope to conduct free Workshops in Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch this year.  We will publish details on this website, on our Indian Newslink

( website and in Indian Newslink.


Entry Forms can be download here>>>>

Nomination Process: Direct by Entrants; Nominations for Individual Categories (10 to 14) by companies and individuals; Nominations by commercial banks and chartered accountants for companies and individuals with information prescribed in the entry forms available on the Awards website (



Enter up to any three of the above first nine categories. Winners in the past two years cannot enter the same category or categories but may attempt other categories.

Entries to all the categories can also be by nomination (see website for details). Download Entry forms from or write to

Completed entries must be sent on or before Thursday, August 31, 2017 to

Professional assistance, independent of Indian Newslink and the Panel of Judges is available to entrants, who should negotiate terms and fees directly.

Contact Details:

  1. Georgia Saxon, The Awards Shop, Hawkes Bay; Mobile: 021-715479; Email:; Website:

  1. Manish Tanna, Vmindurbiz Services, Auckland; Mobile: 021-822772

Email:; Website:

Winners will be presented with their Awards at a Gala Black Tie Dinner on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland City, details of which will be announced later

Conditions of Entry:

Entries and Nominations must be in electronic format sent by email. Those sent by post, fax or other means will not be accepted. The decision of the judges would be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this connection. The management and staff of Indian Newslink and the supporting and sponsoring organisations are not eligible to enter the Awards.

All companies nominating or entering must complete a single-Entry Form Part One, plus a Part Two form for each category entered.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominations and Entries for all categories are open to businesses owned, managed, operated or franchised by people of Indian origin in New Zealand except the ‘Business Excellence in International Business with India’ category, which is open to all New Zealand businesses importing or exporting goods or services from and to India.

The Best Accountant of the Year, the Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the Best Businesswoman of the Year, Best Financial Adviser (Mortgage) and Best Financial Adviser (Insurance) Categories are open to people of Indian origin, who are either citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand. They could be independent entrepreneurs or businesses or employed in any New Zealand registered company, regardless of its origin or ethnicity. Those employed in national and multinational companies with registered offices in New Zealand can either be nominated or apply directly.

Please see the Forms for details.

Queries & Updates

Should you have any queries, please contact the Editor, Indian Newslink on (09) 5336377 or 021-836528 or email

Please visit regularly this website and for updates.

List of Sponsors as at March 1, 2017

BNZ Bank of New Zealand
2degrees Mobile Limited
Singapore Airlines
Oporto New Zealand
The Fund Master
Aims Global Immigration & Education Services
Alexandra Park
Relianz Travel
Mercury Printz
Radio Tarana