2021 Hi-Tech Awards winners
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare was the big winner at the 2021 New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards on Friday night, claiming the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year category. The Gala Dinner announcing all the winners was attended by a record crowd of 1300 including the Prime Minister and the Mayor of Auckland.
In selecting Fisher & Paykel Healthcare as the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year the international judges said, "Fisher & Paykel Healthcare are a global leader in respiratory care. When Covid hit, their 5000 employees rose to the occasion and rapidly re-engineered their business to deliver vital products the world desperately needed - addressing, for example, the global shortage of ventilators. All while continuing to innovate and expand their healthcare product offerings, and expand its global reach".
Other big winners tonight were Halter and Moxion both taking out two Awards each. Halter wonthe Endace Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product and the NZTE Most Innovative Hi-Tech Agritech Solution categories. Meanwhile Moxion picked up the Auckland Unlimited Most Innovative Hi-Tech Creative Technology Solution and Punakaiki Fund Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year Awards.
The Hi-Tech Awards judges said the calibre of this year's entrants was at an all-time high, making the job of selecting winners exceedingly challenging for the more than 70 local and international judges. The judges assessed a record number of entries across 14 award categories. Commenting on the 2021 Awards, New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust chair David Downs said it was great to hit so many highs this year despite the impact of Covid-19 in 2020. "Clearly the Covid-19 situation has thrown us a few curve balls in regards to the Awards programme over the last year and it's fantastic that we can all get out this evening and celebrate the successes of our great tech companies, and the contribution they are making not only to New Zealand's economy but also how they are leading us out of the pandemic with such innovative solutions."
In addition to announcing the category winners tonight, Wayne Norrie was recognised with the prestigious Tait Communications Flying Kiwi Award and inducted into the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame. "Wayne is such a deserving recipient of this recognition. He has contributed so much to the New Zealand tech sector over the years and indeed the success of the Hi-Tech Awards. He is without doubt one of the great ambassadors and advocates for our industry" said Downs.
The 2021 NZ Hi-Tech Award winners are:
Xero Hi-Tech Young Achiever
Winner: Maria English
Visa Best Hi-Tech Solution for the Public Good
Winner: Student Volunteer Army & Custom D
IBM Most Inspiring Individual
Winner: Craig Hudson
Auckland Unlimited Most Innovative Hi-Tech Creative Technology Solution
Highly Commended: Alimetry
Callaghan Innovation Hi-Tech Maori Company of the Year
Winner: MB Century
Duncan Cotterill Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Solution
Endace Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product
Kiwibank Most Innovative Hi-Tech Service
NZTE Most Innovative Hi-Tech Agritech Solution
Halo Consulting Best Contribution to the NZ Tech Sector
Punakaiki Fund Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year
Pacific Edge Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year
Winner: Whip Around
Highly Commended: Lawvu
Soul Machines Most Innovative Deep Tech Solution
Winner: Nanolayr (previously known as Revolution Fibres)
PwC NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year Award
Winner: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Tait Communications Flying Kiwi Award
Recipient: Wayne Norrie
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