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Test yourself against the best in the Waipa, receive feedback from our panel of experienced judges, boost your brand awareness and enjoy a great night out celebrating the best of Waipa Business at our prestigious awards ceremony!


Excellence in Business and Employee of the Year Award Submissions:
Entry fees vary across the Excellence in Business Awards categories
Fees are ranging from $155+GST to $275+GST.

For further details please review the 2023 Categories information and Entry Guide

Entries are open to businesses in the Waipa region and surrounding areas.

Each category has both Chamber member rates or Non member rates available. *Member Rates are offered to Cambridge Business Chamber or Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce members only

Employee of the Year 
Chamber member: $155.00 + GST
Non-Member: $205.00 + GST

Leader of the Year:
There is no entry fee for Leader of the Year.

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Download the template relevant to your submission from the list below. 

The template is a word document which you can save to your hard drive and work on in your own time.  Entries close has now been extended to Sunday 19 February 2023.


Your entry will be judged in the appropriate Excellence in Business category and in addition, at the time of judging, your entry will be considered for the Category Awards. 

  • Community Contribution

  • Innovation and Adaptation

  • Digital Strategy and E-Commerce

  • Waste Minimisation – Environmental

  • Contribution to Tourism or Hospitality

The four winners of the Excellence in Business will be vying for the coveted Waipa Networks Supreme Award.

As you work through the entry template, please note a couple of reminders:

  • All entries must be registered and submitted using one of the templates provided. The Microsoft Word file is designed to ensure that your entry is prepared in the correct way for publication.

  • Please save the template to your PC hard drive and use it to prepare your entry. Your completed entry form can be submitted by following the instructions provided online.

  • Please complete one form for each entry submitted.

  • The entry should be written in English. Please follow the template maximum words indicated in each section.

  • Save you file regularly.

  • You will be required to upload your supporting documentation/evidence in the online portal under each section as you submit your completed word file. If you have more than one supporting document in a section, please combine the files into one document for that section to upload.

  • The deadline for submissions is 5.00pm Sunday19 February 2023.


Know an outstanding Leader or have a fantastic Employee? Enter them using one appropriate template below.


  • I have completed my submission template file
  • I have my supporting evidence saved as one document to upload in each section
  • I have my logo, video and/or photos ready to upload 
  • All documents be saved to a Folder using the entry name e.g "Bobs Builders - Excellence in Medium Business" for easy upload into the portal.


The completed submission document and supporting evidence/documents for the Waipa Networks Business Awards are to be submitted electronically by following the instructions provided online.

I wish to submit my entry for:
Excellence in Business Award
Leader of the Year
Employee of the Year

As you click on the links above you will be asked to provide the following accompanying information.

Details of the person submitting
Last name, first name, job title, company name /organisation, telephone, mobile phone, email and physical address (if selected as a finalist, this will be used)

Make payment by Credit Card (if applicable)

Then proceed to the Awards Submission/Nomination upload pages.

Submission Regulations

Your Award Submission or Nomination must contain the following:

1.  Company Name / Nominee 

2.  Each Section must be completed. 
As indicated in the template each section must be completed (excluding Section 6 if not relevant)

3.  Supporting documentation / Evidence (Excellence Awards)
We strongly encourage you at time of submission to upload in each section supporting documentation/evidence. This is not to be included in your word document, please upload separately. If you have more than one document supporting a section to upload, please combine into one file for that section. In addition to your template document, you have another 7-8 documents to upload.  Please reference which section they relate to for each supporting document.

4.  Company Logo (Excellence Awards) / Short Video
Please upload your company logo (high res .jpg or .eps)
Optional: We encourage you upload a short video 30-60 seconds – filmed on your smartphone.
5.  Photo of Nominee (Leader or Employee of the Year)
Please upload a photo of the Nominee (high res .jpg or .eps)

For further entry information please contact:
Project Manager: Paula Armstrong | ForumPoint2 | Tel: 027 649 2081 | e:  

Project Coordinator: Jaimee McIntosh | ForumPoint2 | Tel: 027 320 7891 | e:


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