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2018 Hi-Tech Awards winners announced

Record number attend gala dinner


  • Invenco named Hi-Tech Company of the Year
  • Claudia Batten inducted into the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame
  • Dexibit takes out two awards


Invenco was the big winner at the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards gala dinner in Christchurch tonight, claiming the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year category and the IBM Innovative Company Award. A record-breaking crowd of close to 800 people attended the awards dinner, held to celebrate the successes of New Zealand hi-tech companies across 13 categories and to recognise the 2018 Flying Kiwi, Claudia Batten.


In selecting Invenco as the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year the international judges said, “Invenco prevailed with its unique combination of extraordinary growth, scale and profitability.  Invenco’s Outdoor Payment Terminal systems combine hardware, software, and data communications, showing Kiwi expertise in all these fields.  Invenco’s revenues come from all over the world, as do its team members, but its Kiwi values of collegiality and tenacity shine through in ways that make Invenco a great global representative of New Zealand high tech."


Another big winner tonight was Dexibit, garnering two awards – The Duncan Cotterill Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Solution Award and The ATEED Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Creative Sector Award.


The judges remarked, “Dexibit is a business with a deep sense of purpose and passion for museums, culture and art. It is creating advanced analytics tools that provide great value and new possibilities for its clients al over the world. The judges were impressed with the bravery, growth and global reputation for leading innovation Dexibit is building in its sector.”

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 who assessed entrants across the 13 award categories.


Commenting on the winners, New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust chair Jennifer Rutherford said it was great to see such diversity up on the stage this evening. “We’ve made a big push this year to encourage and celebrate diversity and whilst we are still on the journey it’s really pleasing to see progress being made and such diversity amongst our winners up on the stage this evening.” said Rutherford


Tonight also marked the unveiling of the 2018 Flying Kiwi, Claudia Batten. Rutherford said it was  fantastic to be able to recognise the achievements of Claudia on such a momentous night that is the biggest Hi-Tech Awards Gala dinner held in Christchurch.


“Claudia has achieved so much in her own career and is truly an inspiring and passionate individual. She is someone who is doing so much to help Kiwi tech companies succeed on the global stage. Her own success is inspiring so many of our up and coming companies. She is truly a worthy recipient of the prestigious Flying Kiwi award,” said Rutherford.




The 2018 NZ Hi-Tech Award winners are:


2018 Flying Kiwi and inductee into the Tait Communications Hi-Tech Hall of Fame

Claudia Batten


Xero Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award

Winner: Aliesha Staples


Visa Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Public Good Award

Winner: Emergency Q by Healthcare Applications


IBM Most Inspiring Individual Award

Winner: Lillian Grace


ATEED Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Creative Sector Award

Winner: Dexibit


Callaghan Innovation Best Hi-Tech Maori Innovation Award

Winner: Straker Translations

Highly Commended: Code Avengers


Duncan Cotterill Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Solution Award

Winner: Dexibit


Endace Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award

Winner: Enatel


Kiwibank Most Innovative Hi-Tech Services Award

Winner: Beca


NZTE Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Agritech Sector Award

Winner: Gallagher Group


Quick Circuit Best contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech sector by an internationally headquartered company

Winner: IBM


New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year

Winner: Banqer

Highly Commended: Code Avengers


Coretex Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year

Winner: Ask Nicely


PwC NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year Award

Winner: Invenco

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