Last chance to enter 2014 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards

26 August 2014

If you have a sustainability success story to share and haven’t yet submitted your entry to our Awards, you have until the end of the week! All longlist candidates will receive invaluable feedback from the following panel of expert judges.

Don’t miss this chance to celebrate your sustainability achievements.  Entry is simple, quick and free – and closes at midnight on Friday.

The entry process is a useful means of taking stock of your sustainability progress, and all longlist candidates (those invited to progress to Stage 2 of the judging process) will receive invaluable feedback from our expert judging panel.

The judges comprise some of New Zealand’s most experienced experts in sustainable business:

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Donna Williams, NZI Marketing and Communications Manager – judging the Communicating Sustainability Award and the Sustainability Champion Award.

Donna joined NZI in September 2010 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Before joining NZI she had a career spanning 12 years at Telecom in roles including Sponsorship Manager and Customer Experience Manager.

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James Russell, editor of Element magazine – judging the Communicating Sustainability and Sustainability Champion Awards.

Element magazine is New Zealand’s largest media platform for stories relating to sustainable business and lifestyle. Now in its third year, Element has received global recognition, winning best new product at the International News Media Marketing Awards. 


Rachael LeMesurier, Executive Director at Oxfam NZ – judging the Community Awards. 

A Pacific development specialist, Rachael previously consulted for organisations including UN Women, UNAIDS and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Rachael leads Oxfam’s work across the Pacific and beyond. She has over 25 years of experience in community, public sector and not-for-profit roles. Rachael is also on the board of the Elevator Group, a social enterprise that provides disabled Aucklanders with work and career options.


Alex Hannant, Akina Foundation CE – judging the Community Awards.

Alex is Chief Executive at the Ākina Foundation – an independent charity focused on the support and development of social enterprise. Ākina seeks to support entrepreneurs and high-potential social ventures to deliver transformational change.

Previously, based in the UK, Alex was Director of Programmes at LEAD and Head of Partnerships at the Climate and Development Knowledge Network. In his current role, Alex aims to accelerate transition to a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive New Zealand through the development of talent, partnerships, and social enterprise.


Stefan Rueegg, impactCR – judging the Mega Efficiency Awards.

Stefan is a highly versatile strategist, networker and change agent whose work focuses on catalysing positive social and environmental impact in business. He combines more than ten years of sustainability experience as a business consultant and corporate sustainability analyst. As Managing Director of impactCR he has advised some of the world’s leading companies on corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability strategy and reporting.


Michael LeRoy-Dyson, Fulton Hogan – judging the Mega Efficiency Awards.

Michael is National Sustainability Manager for Fulton Hogan Ltd.  Michael’s role involves integrating sustainability, environmental management and innovation into its NZ operations. With over 25 years of experience in this field, his background in regional and central government, environmental management and sustainability provides a practical perspective for the challenges businesses face as they strive to survive and succeed responsibly.


Elizabeth Yeaman, EECA – judging the Renewables Awards.

Elizabeth is General Manager Transport, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. She first joined EECA in 1996 and has worked in a wide variety of roles covering transport, local government and renewables. She holds a Masters degree in Natural Resource Engineering and prior to joining EECA worked in engineering and fuels consultancy, mainly on transport energy projects in developing countries. Elizabeth is a member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (NZ).


Professor Ralph Sims, Massey University – judging the Renewables Awards

Ralph has returned to his position at Massey as Professor of Sustainable Energy, and Director, Centre for Energy Research after four years based at the IEA (International Energy Agency) in Paris as a senior analyst. He was recently appointed to the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that is linked with World Bank and UNEP. Ralph is a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers and of the UK Institute of Agricultural Engineers, and received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from EECA, for which he was a Ministerial Board Member appointee for three terms.


Rod Oram, Business Journalist – judging the Restorative Awards.

Rod has more than 30 years of experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including The Financial Times. Rod is a columnist for the Sunday Star Times, a regular broadcaster on radio and television and a frequent public speaker on business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in New Zealand and internationally. He also helps grow New Zealand companies through his involvement with The University of Auckland’s business growth centre, The ICEHOUSE. Rod is also chair of the Akina Foundation, which helps to develop social enterprises.


Chris Morrison, All Good Organics – judging the Restorative Awards.

Since co-founding Australasia’s largest organic drinks companies, Phoenix Organics, in 1985, Chris has become a serial ecopreneur. He is currently co-owner and co-founder of All Good Organics, co-owner and director of Nice Blocks, Clean Planet Ltd and Kokako. He has also been on the board of a number of organisations including the Sustainable Business Network, Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand and Prometheus.

We are very grateful to all of these judges for their time and expertise.

It’s not too late to enter the 2014 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards. It’s free, and you can nominate your business or someone else (with their permission, of course!).

Good luck!

Click here to enter.