Entries open for Wanaka's prestigious business awards

18 September 2019

Wanaka’s most anticipated business event returns this year with some exciting new changes and an element of mystery.

The countdown to the biennial Ignite Wanaka Business Awards in partnership with Milford Asset Management has begun, with entries to the 2019 awards now open.

This year’s prestigious local Business Awards sees the announcement of a new category, new judge and new convenor of the independent judging panel. The glitzy gala dinner will also be held at a secret location, which is expected to further increase interest towards the popular event.

The independent judging panel, comprising four high-profile and successful local business people, will be headed by new convenor Wayne Hudson. Former Queenstown Chamber of Commerce CEO Ann Lockhart, who lives in the Cardrona Valley, is the judging panel’s newest addition. Hudson and Lockhart are joined by returning judges Mark Verbiest and Anne Urlwin.

“The Ignite Wanaka Business Awards is a great way of getting the business community together to celebrate success,” Hudson says. “Entering the Awards give businesses the chance to think about what they do well, where they’re going and how they intend to make a difference. Past finalists and category winners have genuinely benefitted by the opportunity – not only have people loved being involved in the process, it has boosted their confidence and further improved the possibility of business and personal success.”

Entries close at 5pm on Monday 21 October, 2019 and finalists will be announced at the Ignite Wanaka Chamber AGM on November 6. The Awards gala dinner is on Friday 29 November at a secret location. For a full list of categories and an entry form, visit