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2024 NZ Hi-Tech Awards - Winners Announced

2024 Hi-Tech Awards winners announced

Gala dinner now one of NZs biggest Awards events


  • Rocket Lab - Company of the Year
  • Murray Holdaway named 2024 Flying Kiwi
  • NovoLabs - Taking out three categories
  • Starboard Maritime Intelligence - Taking out two categories
  • Record crowd attending the Gala Dinner - 1,300+

24 May, 2024 – Rocket Lab continues its ascent taking out the top honour at the 2024 Hi- Tech Awards tonight, being named the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year. A new record for attendance at the event was set with more than 1,300+ including several senior Government Ministers, at Auckland’s Spark Arena making it one of the biggest awards nights to be held in New Zealand.

Rocket Lab has been a founding company of New Zealand’s growing space economy that is now valued at close to contributing $2billion annually to the New Zealand economy. With contracts with multiple international organisations including NASA, the company continues to develop its technology with its Electron boosters and highly anticipated Archimedes engine and Neutron launch vehicle.

Other big winners were Palmerston North based NovoLabs winning three categories for Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product, Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for a More Sustainable Future and Most Innovative Deep Tech Solution. Their UV water treatment technology impressing judges and delivering practical solutions for environmental gain.

Founded in Alexandra, Otago; Starboard Maritime Intelligence won double honours with Hi- Tech Start-up Company of the Year and Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Solution. Their marine vessel tracking technology creating greater bio-security and monitoring tools.

More than 80 local and international judges contributed to the judging of the Hi-Tech Awards which continues to see a year-on-year increase in submissions with an increasingly high calibre to match. Of the 2024 Awards New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust chair David Downs saw the achievement of the Tech sector as a pride that all of Aotearoa could share in; “We’re witnessing an industry that is continuing exceptional growth as well as innovation.”

“The continued increase of diversity across the finalists is a reflection of the fact that there is a place in Tech for all New Zealanders.”


The 2024 NZ Hi-Tech Award winners are:

ASX Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year
Winner: Tracksuit

Punakaiki Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year
Winner: Starboard Maritime Intelligence
Highly Commended: DataMasque

Duncan Cotterill Most Innovative Hi-Tech Software Solution
Winner: Starboard Maritime Intelligence
Highly Commended: Toku Eyes

Braemac Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product
Winner: NovoLabs

Kiwibank Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for a More Sustainable Future
Winner: NovoLabs

Callaghan Innovation/ Poutama Trust Hi-Tech Kamupene Māori o te Tau – Māori Company of the Year
Winner: Envico Technologies

Xero Hi-Tech Young Achiever
Joint Winner: Nu'uali'i Eteroa Lafaele
Joint Winner: Joshua Parsons

NZTE Most Innovative Hi-Tech Agritech Solution
Winner: The Smart Machine Company

Spark Best Hi-Tech Solution for the Public Good
Winner: Kara Technologies

NZX Most Innovative Hi-Tech Creative Technology Solution
Winner: IMMORTAL Camera Systems

PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year
Winner: Rocket Lab

Aware Group Most Innovative Deep Tech Solution
Winner: NovoLabs

Consult Recruitment Best Contribution to the NZ Tech Sector
Winner: Creative HQ

Datacom Hi-Tech Inspiring Individual
Winner: Elle Archer

Tait Communications Flying Kiwi
Recipient: Murray Holdaway


About The NZ Hi-Tech Awards

The New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards celebrate the success of our producers of goods and services from the software, electronics, telecommunications, mobile, agritech, creative and other high-tech industries. The Awards are run by the NZ Hi-Tech Trust, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at promoting and supporting the wider industry. The board is comprised of  trustees: David Downs (Chair), Amber Taylor, Rob Ellis, Neil Hamilton, Marian Johnson, Mike O’Donnell, Mandy Simpson, Sarah Ramsay, Sir Ian Taylor and Andrew West.

For interviews and more information contact:

Hamish Williams – Media Liaison
Tel: 027 475 4672 Email: hamish@motuihegroup.nz


Bob Pinchin, Director, SwayTech (organisers of the Awards)
Tel: 021 223 8506 Email: bobp@swaytech.co.nz

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