Our Sponsors form the most significant aspect of the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards, enhancing the prestige of the Awards Scheme and recognising and rewarding business successes.

We have been extremely fortunate to have national and international companies of high reputation as Sponsors since 2008, when the Awards Scheme was launched. They have added to the brand value of the Awards and their presence, with a growing number of political, economic and business leaders at our Annual Awards Night Presentation ceremony.

We are keen to establish mutually rewarding partnerships that add value to professional understanding and relationship with our Sponsors.

As at March 1, 2016, the following are the Sponsors of the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2016. Many other companies, including the Sponsors of our Awards in 2015 are finalising their arrangements. We will announce their names shortly.

Title Sponsor

We are happy to announce that BNZ would be the Title Sponsor of the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (IBA) 2016 for the sixth year in succession.

BNZ is also the Sponsor of the ‘Best Large Business’ Category and the ‘Supreme Business of the Year Award.’

Category Sponsors

We are also happy that a number of companies that have patronised our Awards Scheme as Sponsors in yesteryears have continued with their commitment. They include BNZ, AIA New Zealand, 2degrees Mobile Limited, Pullman Hotel Auckland, Mercury Printz, Radio Tarana.

Rebranded Category

The fast evolving economic and commercial relations with India has prompted us to rename the export category to ‘Business Excellence in International Business with India.’ As in the past, this category to open to all businesses of all ethnicities registered in New Zealand and doing business with India. From this year, the Category is also open to businesses importing a product or service from India. We believe that this rebranding will encourage more companies to demonstrate their dealings with one of the fastest growing regions of the world and inspire other companies to use the existing and emerging opportunities.

New Category

The increasing importance of better, more efficient and friendly human resources management has encouraged employers to have in place strategies for career advancement, training and other incentives to improve productivity. In line with this need, we have introduced ‘The Best Employer of Choice’ Category to celebrate businesses that value staff as their biggest asset. Excellence is shown through recruitment, induction and training programmes that empower staff development, as well as the creation of a safe, healthy workplace that encourages excellence and full staff participation.  

Separate Categories

Mortgage and Insurance form the most significant part of almost every individual and business in India. New Zealand’s real estate market continues to be robust with the gap between demand and supply widening. The importance of brokers in the mortgage and insurance sectors has never been over-emphasised, although the Indian community in general is stated to be under-insured. The need for accountability and integrity prompted the government to establish the Financial Market Authority to regulate the mortgage and insurance markets and ensure that only licenced Financial Advisors provide mortgage and insurance service.

The Indian community has long-established Financial and Insurance service providers and many of them have been recognised and rewarded by financial institutions and trade publications. In recognition of their growing importance, we have created two new categories called, ‘Best Financial Adviser (Mortgage) of the Year’ and ‘Best Financial Adviser (Insurance) of the Year.’

These are two individual categories and hence the entry process can be either through nomination or direct entry by individual candidates.

We are proud that AIA New Zealand is the Sponsor of both, the ‘Best Financial Adviser (Mortgage) of the Year’ and the ‘Best Financial Adviser (Insurance) of the Year’ Category, enhancing the value of our Awards Programme.

AIA New Zealand is a part of the AIA Group, which is one of the largest insurance companies in the world.


List of Sponsors as at March 15, 2016

AIA New Zealand
2degrees Mobile Limited
Pullman Hotel Auckland
Mercury Printz
Radio Tarana
Relianz Travel

Sponsors for other categories are in the final process.