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Winners of the PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards

Endace, of Auckland, won the Supreme Award and the Rakon Deal Award at last night's PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards, held at The Town Hall in Wellington.

Endace is a world leader in network traffic monitoring technology.  Judges commented that Endace continues to thrive, achieve, and to boldly venture where few New Zealand companies haven't even thought of going.

"The 2005 listing on the London Stock Exchange's AIM was a considerable achievement in itself, and recently strategic sales and acquisition deals have continued to raise the bar. An international exporter since day one, Endace stood out this year with its strong combination of product, market and business leadership" they said.

Xero took out three awards including PR/Marketing Campaign for their strategy around a $15 million share offer to list on the NZX this year; the Endace Young Achiever Award for chief technology officer Craig Walker; and one of two NZX Entrepreneur Awards to chief executive Rod Drury, who takes this title for the second year in a row.

Christchurch-based company Energy Mad also took two awards, the IRL Emerging Company Award and the K One W One High Growth Award; recognising revenue growth of 2,850 percent over the past two years.

Former Supreme Award winner HumanWare, designers and manufactures of technology for the blind, visually impaired and learning disabled, also scooped two awards this year - the Avnet Corporate Award and the Tahia Investments Company Leader for chief executive Richard Mander.

The awards this year included the Supreme Award, 11 category awards and the Bell Gully Flying Kiwi Award, with two recipients this year, Bill Gallagher, chief executive of Gallagher Group, and Trevor Eagle, founder of Eagle Technologies, who died in 2000.  Bill and Trevor join Sir Angus Tait, Neville Jordan, Sir Woolf Fisher, Maurice Paykel and Peter Maire in the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame.

The Hi-Tech Awards were inaugurated 14 years ago to recognise New Zealand technology businesses that are leading their industries, both here and around the world.  The awards also acknowledge the people behind these companies who are working to build businesses around exciting new technologies.  

Scott Kerse, who leads the Emerging Businesses team at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said his firm recognised the massive contribution that businesses in the high tech industry were making to New Zealand.

"Sectors such as electronics, software, biotechnology and telecoms are hugely important to this country. At PricewaterhouseCoopers we are investing in these areas "we are dedicating people and resources and working alongside these exciting, innovative companies.  We're very proud to have been involved in celebr/ating the Kiwi success stories at the Hi-Tech Awards this year and we're looking forward to playing a leading role in the industry for many years to come."

Major winners were:

PricewaterhouseCoopers Supreme Award:


Endace provides network monitoring, latency measurement and application solutions to capture, inspect and report on every single data packet regardless of network type or speed.


Bell Gully Flying Kiwi Award:

Joint winners: Bill Gallagher and Trevor Eagle (1932-2000)

Bill Gallagher, Chief Executive, Gallagher Group

Bill Gallagher has been chief executive of Gallagher Group since 1975 and chairman of the board since 1985.  Bill has helped transform Gallagher Group into a multi-national manufacturing and marketing company, specialising in animal control and agricultural fencing systems, integrated security systems and specialised plastic products, with a long-term commitment to its partners in more than 100 countries across the globe.  Since being appointed Bill has expanded annual sales from $0.19 million to approx $150 million.  Gallagher Group global headquarters are based in Hamilton.


Trevor Eagle, Founder, Eagle Technologies (1932 - 2000)

Eagle Technology Group Limited is one of New Zealand's largest and most successful privately owned information technology companies.  Formed in 1984 by Trevor Eagle, the group gathered a range of specialist and high technology companies. It evolved into a true systems integrator and also established itself as a leader in geographic information systems (GIS). At the time of Trevor's death he was chairman of twelve companies, ten of which come under Eagle Technology Group Limited. For many years he took a leading role in the information technology industry and was former president of the Information Technology Association of New Zealand, and former chairman of the Computer Software Industry Joint Action Group.  Trevor was a committee member of the Technology New Zealand Advisory Board and lobbied vigorously for changes in the tax laws relating to research and development investment.  He is remembered for his boundless energy and enthusiasm, as well as his valuable mentoring and guidance.


Category winners were:

Endace Young Achiever Award:

Craig Walker, Chief Technology Officer, Xero

Craig Walker leads Xero's software development and architecture, based in Wellington. Craig has spent his career building mission critical Internet applications, including co-founding software-as-a-service provider Viatx and working for leading Microsoft consulting firm Glazier Systems, now Intergen.  Craig has been chief technology officer for five start-up companies, including NewsTech Ltd, and his own company Monolith Solutions.  


PR/Marketing Campaign Award:


Xero is an online accounting system designed for small businesses and their advisors.  Based in Wellington, it was founded in July 2006 by successful technology entrepreneur Rod Drury and small business accountant Hamish Edwards, and launched on the New Zealand Stock Exchange in June this year.  In Febr/uary 2007 Xero implemented a marketing and PR campaign leading up to the release of their share offer document in May.  The campaign aimed to build a wide and credible profile of the company's founders and staff, educate and build relationships with key media and promote the offer by managing interviews and coverage, and succeeded by achieving a $15 million fully subscribed share offer.


Professional Advisor Award:

Connect New Zealand

Connect New Zealand is a not-for-profit advisory network for the technology sector focused on helping early stage technology companies address the range of strategic issues and challenges they face - whether that be identifying their proposition and business model, their market and channel strategies, governance, or raising capital.  Connect New Zealand services a wide range of technology-based sectors including biotechnology, ICT, electronics and robotics.  Connect New Zealand have offices in Auckland and Christchurch.


Fronde Journalist Award:

Divina Paredes, Editor, CIO magazine

Second time winner Divina Paredes has been covering the ICT sector since November 2000.  As the editor of CIO magazine based in Auckland, her distinctive articles focus on the management challenges IT executives face.  Meticulously researched, Divina's interviews provide insights from New Zealand and offshore IT directors, analyst firms and management experts.  She was the winner of the inaugural Fronde Journalist Award in 2006.  

NZX Entrepreneur Award:

Joint winners:  Rod Drury and Darrin Grafton

Rod Drury, Chief Executive, Xero

Rod Drury is founder and chief executive of Xero, a Software as a Service (SaaS) online accounting solution for small businesses, based in Wellington. Xero listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange in June 2007 after raising $15 million in a fully subscribed share offer.  Prior to this Rod was founder and chief executive of AfterMail which was acquired by Quest Software in January 2006 and subsequently won Best Exchange Product at TechEd 2006 in Boston.  He was the winner of the NZX Hi-Tech Entrepreneur Award in 2006.


Darrin Grafton, Chief Executive, Serko

Darrin has over 18 years of experience in solution development and management for the information communication technology industry.  During this time he has created travel management software available worldwide, including e-commerce applications and interface to web booking engines. He designed the architecture for solutions that have won six of the IT industry's International awards including Best E-Commerce Solution, Asia/Pacific region. In 2004 he received a commendation award for Innovation in Technology from the New Zealand Government.  Darrin is also a co-founder of Interactive Technologies, and is based in Auckland.


IRL Emerging Company Award


K One W One High Growth Award:

Energy Mad

Formed in 2004 and based in Christchurch, Energy Mad implements large-scale energy efficiency projects that reduce climate changing carbon dioxide emissions.  These projects have included the world-leading energy saving Ecobulb projects and the recent commencement of the world first efficient household Ecosmarthome project.  Energy Mad have achieved a revenue growth of 2,850 percent over the past two years, and have increased their staff from two to 15.


Tahia Investments Company Leader Award

Richard Mander, Chief Executive, HumanWare

Richard was appointed chief executive of HumanWare in March 2006, and leads a team of 250 globally from Christchurch.  Prior to this Richard spent 14 years working in the US - seven years playing a role in advanced technology development for Apple, and another seven working as a consultant on customer-centred product development for leading technology companies such as Adobe, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, Netscape, Palm, Sun and Yahoo.  In 2004 Richard was awarded the World Class New Zealander Award, presented by the government for the expatriate making the most outstanding contribution to New Zealand's economic development.


Enatel Innovation Award:

Fronde Anywhere

Fronde Anywhere is a specialist provider of mobile products for the financial services sector, with its head office in Wellington. Released in June 2007, their new security product TwoSecure is a mobile two factor authentication (2FA) solution that generates one time passwords (OTPs) by using an installed and downloaded application that runs on a mobile device.  The pending use of TwoSecure to authenticate point of sale transactions for credit cards represents one of the most significant global case studies for any identity verification product.  


Avnet Corporate Award:


HumanWare designs manufactures and sells innovative technology for the blind, visually impaired and learning disabled.  Their products empower customers to live independently and compete effectively in a sighted world.  Over the past five years the company has grown significantly and now employs 250 people globally, has a turnover of $70 million, and has become the market leader with about 60 percent of the blindness market globally.  HumanWare's headquarters are based in Christchurch.


Rakon Deal Award:


Endace provides network monitoring, latency measurement and application solutions to capture, inspect and report on every single data packet regardless of network type or speed.  In early 2007 Endace secured a contract with a major US telecommunications company worth US$2.2 million.  Endace's corporate headquarters are based in Auckland.


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