Our Awards Night Ceremonies

Our Awards Night Ceremonies

The annual Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards Presentation Ceremony has been growing from strength to strength and attracting increasing number of guests year after year. This sparkling event attracts the country’s leadership and top executives of national and multinational companies, entrepreneurs and a host of others.

The Awards Presentation Ceremony, held at the Sky City Convention Centre in November, is an evening of success stories of scores of large, medium and small businesses and individual achievers. Since its launch in 2008, the Awards Night spotlights the variety of businesses owned, operated, managed and franchised by people of Indian origin in New Zealand.

Exhibition & Networking

The evening commences with an exhibition of Sponsors showcasing their products and services, accompanied by cocktails and canapés. This 70-minutes segment also provides a unique opportunity for guests to network, renew contacts and establish new ones.

These Awards are a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of our business community and derives their stature and respect by recognising the spectacular growth story of Indian entrepreneurs over the years.

Dinner & Entertainment

Although constituted and promoted as a primary business event, the Awards Night Ceremony is also an occasion to enjoy quality entertainment and sumptuous dinner, served to the taste of guests at their tables. The entertainment programme comprises cultural performances with a live band that has been a part of the ceremonies since they began in 2008.

Masters of Ceremonies

Television programme presenters and celebrity speakers host our Awards Nights programmes. TV3 ‘Campbell Live’ Host John Campbell (2009), TV 3 News Presenter Caroline Robinson (2010), Former Auckland Mayor Christine Fletcher (2012), Singer & Entertainer Jackie Clarke (2013 and 2016), Celebrity Speaker Michelle A’Court (2014) and Television Sports Presenter Michelle Pickles (2015) have been among our Masters of Ceremonies.

Special Guests

Among the Guests of Honour at our Awards Night 2016 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).

Perfect amalgamation

Businesses run by people of Indian origin in New Zealand are successful as they are a perfect amalgamation of the best business practices of the east and the west.

They are built on a platform of hard work, dedication and determination.

Staying ahead

Indian business owners are good at identifying gaps in the market. Customer demands, if met satisfactorily, can provide businesses with a ready customer base, and the ‘first mover advantage.’

Incorporating new technology in the running of businesses also gives Indian enterprises an edge. It gives the enterprises a contemporary feel whilst retaining the long established tenets of honesty and integrity.

Good recognition

These principles are recognised at the Awards Night as the finalists and winners were announced in individual categories (14 individual categories this year). Special mention of these factors is made of those featured in the Business Excellence in Retail Trade, Innovation, Marketing and Customer Service segments.

Small and Medium-Sized businesses are the backbone of the New Zealand economy.

Many Indians own such enterprises, predominantly as family-operated. These are another example of the importance that the family plays in Indian culture, exhibiting the strong bond formed between family members.

The Awards night highlights this facet by recognising achievers in these categories.

New Zealand was the first country in the world to accord voting rights to women and it is therefore befitting to applaud Indian women who have made their mark in an equitable and open society.

The ‘Best Indian Businesswoman of the Year’ Award recognises the contribution made by women to business.

The ‘Best Accountant of the Year,’ the ‘Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year,’ the ‘Best Financial Adviser (Mortgage) of the Year’ and the ‘Best Financial Adviser (Insurance) of the Year are all Awards that celebrate the success of Indian professionals in various sectors of the economy.

As curtains come down on Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards, the stage is set for next year’s event; with a promise to make it bigger and better.

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