Celebrating the gold standard of workplace culture

The 2024 Best Places to Work awards highlight the outstanding achievements of organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand delivering employee experience excellence

The awards ceremony will be held on 25 September 2024 in Auckland

Check out the amazing Kiwi businesses on the shortlist for the the 2024 Best Places to Work awards. Find out more

Register your interest for the awards

Why New Zealand businesses have entered?

To be recognised as a the Best Place to Work and elevate your business on all fronts, creating a ripple effect, from motivating your team through to a leading market position and reputation

Assess your employee experience

Catch the eye of top-tier talent seeking a rewarding and nurturing workplace

Energise your people and retain talent

Boost internal team culture and show your dedication to being the Best Place to Work

Get recognised as a leading employer

Build your reputation in the market, setting a standard of workplace excellence

Connect with other top-tier workplaces

Network with like-minded employers cultivating positive workplace cultures

Organisation award categories

Overall Winner
Best Large Workplace
400+ employees
Best Medium—Large Workplace
150–399 employees
Best Small—Medium Workplace
50–149 employees
Best Small Workplace
21–49 employees
Best Micro Workplace
Up to 20 employees

Spotlight award categories

The spotlight awards recognise businesses and organisations that have shown outstanding efforts in initiatives that create an amazing work environment

Diversity and Inclusion

Excellence in building a stronger, more inclusive workplace culture

Tools and Tech

Top-tier productivity and innovation using the best in tools and tech


Prioritising wellness for a healthier, happier, more productive workforce

Regional / Impact On Community

Outstanding positive impact initiatives on local communities

Work/Life Balance

Exceptional work/life balance for overall wellness and productivity


Celebrating new pioneering ideas that drive growth and excellence

Diversity and Inclusion

Excellence in building a stronger, more inclusive workplace culture

Tools & Tech

Top-tier productivity and innovation using the best in tools and tech


Prioritising wellness for a healthier, happier, more productive workforce

Regional/Local Community

Outstanding positive impact of initiatives on local communities

Work-Life Balance

Exceptional work-life balance for overall wellness and productivity


Celebrating new pioneering ideas that drive growth and excellence

Entries for 2024 and pathway into the awards are now closed.

Interested in entering in 2025. Get in touch to find out more.
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Take the Best Places to Work
Survey for awards eligibility today

The Best Places to Work awards are given based on the results of the Survey

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up and take the Best Places to Work Survey across your organisation
  2. Once the Best Places to Work Survey is closed, we’ll be in touch if you’ve been shortlisted as an awards finalist
  3. Come along and celebrate at the Best Places to Work awards ceremony where all winners will be announced


Interested in sponsoring a category award?

Talk to us about becoming a Best Places to Work partner and get recognised for supporting organisations that aspire to create some of the best workplaces in the world


Meet our Judges

Our handpicked judging panel havebeen carefully selected for their experience in business in the Aotearoa New Zealand landscape, and are experts in their respected fields.

2024 Judges
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Brett O'Riley
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Brett is ambitious for Aotearoa New Zealand and has spent the last 15 years working with businesses across the country in how they can be more innovative, productive and successful, and working with governments on how to grow the economy and create higher paid jobs.

Bridget Coates
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Bridget is an experienced global leader who has built and led businesses in both the United States and New Zealand in recent years. She has held Chairperson, Director and CEO roles across a range of public and private sector entities.

Carolyn Banks
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Carolyn is on the board of the EMA and is CEO of Venus Businesswomen and NZ Businesswomen. In her roles she leverages her skills and business acumen to represent and support a network of over 30,000 companies. Carolyn’s roles are all focused on supporting the growth and development of businesses in NZ, helping business owners navigate business challenges and opportunities.

Craig Hudson
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Craig is a values-driven authentic leader who strives to win by the collective force of an amazing team. Outside of work he is a family guy with an incredible wife and four pretty special kids who enjoys the simple things in life.

Dave Letele
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David (Brown Buttabean) Letele, and his journey started with his own weight loss story. Having lost over 100kg through good nutrition and exercise, David now dedicate's his time to helping others do the same by teaching them how to live the BBM lifestyle - Brain, Body, Movement.

David Downs
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David Downs BSc, CMInstD is a consultant and board director, with a portfolio of interests keeping him busy, across some key theme areas of technology for public good, healthcare and education. David is currently CEO of the New Zealand Story, an ambitious organisation marketing New Zealand to the world.

Izzy Fenwick
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An environmentalist, public speaker and entrepreneur, Izzy is driven by a deep purpose to mainstream corporate responsibility for people and planet. Leveraging her background in human-centred design, and her passion for corporate sustainability, Izzy founded Futureful, New Zealand's first EVP and ESG-based recruitment platform. Having studied our emerging generations, and being a millennial herself, Izzy is well aware of the changing landscape that holds up our global workforce and is excited about the changes these demographics will make to work and leadership here in New Zealand.

Kalyn Ponti
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Kalyn approaches every day with a singular purpose; to show the world that thriving humans at work and commercial success, go hand-in-hand. Kalyn's career has exposed her to all kinds of high-performance workplaces, most notably when I was a Director at North American retail leader, Aritzia LP, and on the SLT leading up to its listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Mike Bennetts
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Mike is an internationally experienced chief executive and director with skills and capabilities primarily developed within the global energy sector. Mike has worked in business contexts covering both turnaround and growth in the corporate sector, and since 2016 has been involved as a director in NZ’s venture capital ecosystem.

Tami Harris
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Tami is an internationally experienced non-profit leader in the sector supporting mental health and neurodivergence in young people- the workforce of tomorrow. Tami is currently the CEO of Acorn Neurodiversity, a charitable Trust in Auckland, providing specialist services to neurodivergent children, young people and their families. They provide targeted programmes for young neurodivergent people who are entering the workforce. She is a passionate advocate for optimising the diversity of human potential.

Traci Houpapa MNZM JP
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Named amongst the BBCs 100 most influential women in the world, Traci Houpapa is an award-winning company director and a recognised industry leader. She is known as a trusted advisor to Maori, Government and industry on strategic and economic development. Traci’s skills and experience are openly endorsed by other notable public and private sector leaders, and she is recognised nationally and internationally as a credible Indigenous and business leader. Known for her strong and inclusive leadership and her clear focus on building the wealth and prosperity of Aotearoa New Zealand, Traci has been described as a leader who listens, learns and helps others lead and grow, and as someone with the courage to lead by example. Her dedication to empowering others and driving positive change in industry and government has made her an inspiration for others and a valuable leader for Aotearoa and the world. Traci is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and Maori, and a Justice of the Peace.


My organisation hasn’t taken the survey. Can we still enter?

Unfortunately, no. You must complete the Survey to be entered into the awards

How much does it cost to enter the awards?

Nothing! By purchasing the Survey, you’re automatically considered to be shortlisted for the awards. There is no hidden or additional costs

Who are the 2024 Best Places to Work judges?

The judges selection is currently in progress — please visit again soon to find out more

How are the award winners selected?

After the Survey closes and finalists are chosen, our team will reach out for your final submission. This will involve sharing a bit more about your company initiatives so our judges can select the final winners

Can I attend the awards ceremony if I’m not part of a nominated business or Best Places to Work partner?

Absolutely! You’re very welcome to join us at the awards. Keep an eye out for when tickets are released to buy through our website. Remember to sign up to our newsletter where we will share more information about the awards ceremony

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