Entry Guidelines


The New Zealand CIO Awards, in conjunction with the 2019 CIO Summit, celebrate and recognise individuals and teams who have shown leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to ICT and business. The Awards ceremony provides a tangible focus for the ICT business community, the public and the media to celebrate outstanding achievements.


  • Entries open: 4 February 2019
  • Nomination deadline: 22 March 2019
  • Entry & Submission deadline: 4 April 2019
  • Moderation and finalist selection: 9 April - 2 May 2019
  • Finalist Judging Days: 13, 14, 15 & 16 May 2019 – It is important that all entrants are available to attend an interview, in Auckland, with the judges on one of these days
  • Finalist announcement evening: 16 May 2019, Auckland
  • Announcement of winners at Awards Gala Dinner: 12 June 2019, Spark Arena, Auckland



  • The Judges value comprehensive, clear, well thought out entries. Make sure you answer the questions and get somebody else to review your entry before you submit it.
  • Please note that the Entry Form is stand-alone. The judges can only assess what is included in the entry. Do not assume they know anything about your organisation, even if you think it is widely known.
  • Please read the ‘Category Definition and Qualification’ section on the Submission Form to get a sense of what is required for each entry.
  • Each question on the Submission Form carries a percentage weight.
  • The Submission Form is an online entry form. All entries must be completed via the online entry form. Emailed entries will not be accepted. Some questions have word limits.
  • Supporting Material may be uploaded after you have answered all of the questions, and can be supplied as follows:
    1. Upload JPEG or PDF files. Maximum file size is 5MB per piece. A maximum of five pieces can be uploaded with your entry.
    2. Video attachments may be hosted on a video site such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    3. Provide website URL’s to the publicly accessible campaign or active URL of a landing page. Please ensure any applicable usernames and passwords are provided and active.
    4. Please do not upload any further written material as the judges will not consider these. The written component of your entry should be fully explained within the provided form fields.


  • For team categories, organisations must be operating in New Zealand at the time entries close.
  • For individual categories, the entrant must be a New Zealand resident and working in New Zealand at the time entries close.


Past winners are not allowed to re-enter the CIO of the Year or Emerging ICT Leader Categories. For all other categories, past winners are welcome to re-enter. However, the entry must be substantially different to their previous winning entry. For example, it must include a new project or initiative, or new team members.


We cannot accept entries form organisations who are sponsoring or judging the awards.


  • Your Submission Form goes out separately to 3 independent judges from the following panel:
    • Michael Myers – Professor of Information Systems, University of Auckland Business School
    • Wendy Bussen - Direction, Bussen Consulting
    • Ross Hughson – Managing Director, Personal Information Management
    • Garry Collings – CIO, Mondiale
    • Kevin Angland – General Manager Digital Services, Mercury Energy
    • Ariana Bascand – Products Director, Winsborough
    • Peter Muggleston – CIO, Tower Insurance
    • Richard Kay - Chief Information Officer, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
  • The Judges value comprehensive, clear, well thought out entries.
  • Please submit your entry by the deadline 12pm, 4th April 2019. You will receive an email to confirm receipt of the entry.
  • ROUND 1: The Submission Forms are sent to the judges after the close date of 4 April. The judges review and score each submission against the criteria and then meet to moderate their scores and select the finalists. All entrants will be contacted and advised if they have been selected as a finalist or not.
  • ROUND 2: Finalists will be invited to an interview with the judges on the 13, 14, 15 or 16 May. Please ensure you have a representative of your entry available for the interview if you are chosen as a finalist.
    • If you have entered a team category we encourage you to bring up to 5 team members.
    • For the Business Transformation category, we encourage you to bring the CEO or member of Executive Leadership team to the interview.
    • Finalists will be announced publicly at a special evening on the 16 May 2019, in Auckland. All finalists will be invited to attend.
  • ROUND 3: Winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on 12 June at the Spark Arena, Auckland. Each Finalist will receive a complimentary ticket to the CIO Summit and Awards Gala dinner, and the opportunity to purchase additional dinner tickets.


  • Judge each entry based on their business achievements only (not their personal achievements) with a strong emphasis on the 2018/19 calendar year.
  • Uphold the impartiality of the judging role and maintain objectivity at all times. (All judges declare any conflict of interest if they are involved with a business that is entering the awards, and withdraw from judging that category.)
  • Maintain a fair perspective when comparing enterprises of varying size.


  • Please submit your entry before 12pm 4 April 2019
  • NOTE: You will receive an email reply acknowledging receipt of your entry.
  • If you have any questions regarding the awards please contact:
    Rebecca Baily, Events Manager, IDC New Zealand - 09 374 6691 - rbaily@idc.com