Celebrating the gold standard of workplace culture

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

Register your interest for the awards

Why enter?


Get recognised as a the best place to work and elevate your business on all fronts, creating a ripple effect, from your team through to a leading market 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
1–20 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

Wellness

Prioritising wellness for a healthier, happier, more productive workforce

Regional/Local Community

Outstanding positive impact initiatives on local communities

Work/Life Balance

Exceptional work/life balance for overall wellness and productivity

Innovation

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

Wellness

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

Innovation

Celebrating new pioneering ideas that drive growth and excellence

Take the Best Places to Work Survey to enter now
Get the survey
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

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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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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.

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

Mike Bennetts
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I am an internationally experienced chief executive with skills and experiences developed within the global energy sector. I have a proven track record in business contexts covering both turnaround and growth.

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Kalyn Ponti
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CEO- Humankind

FAQ'S

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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