Winning our awards – the gift that keeps on giving

By Andy Kenworthy

We catch up with some of last year’s winners of the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards on what it meant to them. Have you entered for this year yet?

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase your work at New Zealand’s largest sustainable business awards. There are only three weeks left to enter the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards. Here’s what some of last year’s winners had to say about their experience.

NZ Post was the winner of the 2017 supreme award, NZI Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable NZ. It was also a joint winner of the 2017 Partnering for Good Award.

Dawn Baggaley, head of sustainability and SBN board member, says: “At NZ Post we think of the SBN Awards as the Oscars of the sustainability world. Winning the Supreme Award in 2017 was a big deal. It was fantastic recognition of our sustained commitment over 11 years.

“It’s a great source of pride and motivation for our people to keep progressing towards a more sustainable future. It’s also great to have this external endorsement that we can share with our customers.”

Find out more about NZ Post’s award-winning initiative.


Wishbone Design Studio was the winner of the 2017 Going Circular Award

Jennifer McIver, director, says: “Winning SBN’s Going Circular Award in 2017 is like the gift that keeps on giving. We knew the process of entering would be beneficial. Our whole team found the awards night truly inspirational. But we never anticipated the wide range of media opportunities and national profile the Award would attract. It’s an experience money simply can’t buy.”

Find out more about Wishbone Design Studio’s award-winning initiative.


Flip the Fleet was the winner of the 2017 Smarter Transport Award

Henrik Moller says: “Everyone with a good story to tell should give the SBN awards a go. We figured we were small fry and a bit fringe compared to the other awesome sustainability projects on display. So we were gobsmacked to win. Winning boosted our own confidence and built trust amongst our partners and the public. It’s also a fair bet that the award triggered some of our radio, TV and print media mentions this year. It helped spread the word about electric vehicles. Thanks!”

Find out more about Flip the Fleet’s award-winning initiative.


Christchurch International Airport was the winner of the 2017 Efficiency Champion Award.

Brodie Akacich, sustainability manager, says: “It was recognition of an enormous effort to successfully cut our energy use through smart technology and innovation. Winning the award showed our team and key stakeholders that we are leaders in sustainability. It inspired us to work even harder to protect the environment for future generations. This is work we undertake with pride.”

Find out more about Christchurch Airport’s award-winning initiative.


Bob Burnett was the winner of the 2017 Sustainability Superstar Award.

He says: “Winning the Sustainability Superstar award has led to media opportunities which helped open some doors for Bob Burnett Architecture and the Superhome movement. Whether you win or not, even just entering helps to showcase what you do and boosts confidence and credibility”.

Find out more about Bob Burnett’s award-winning initiative.

Entries to the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards close on July 31.