when can i enter the awards?

Applications are now opened and will close on 12 August 2019.


how do i enter?

Visit our online application portal and create an account to get started. Once you have registered, you can save your progress and come back as often as you need to before submitting each entry.


can i enter more than one award category?

Absolutely. We encourage it. Each specialist category has different criteria and requires a separate entry – so choose wisely, focus your efforts, and make sure you really stand out before committing to additional entries.


Is there a word limit?

Each question allows a response up to 500 words. Focus on what’s important and keep track of your word count – if your response is too long, only the first 500 words will be judged. 


Can I add images, videos or links to my entry?

Yes! You can upload supporting images or graphs as high-resolution attachments. If you want to include video or online content, please include the video or web link in your response to the question. Don’t forget to provide passwords if needed for download links.


Where do I get tickets for Awards Night?

Tickets will go on sale on the 1st July. Register your interest in advance and we'll let you know as soon as they're available.


What are the key dates for the Awards?

Now – Otago Export Awards applications open
Now – Awards Night tickets go on sale
12 August – Applications close
15 - 20 August – Judging, please keep some availability on these dates if you are required for an interview
23 August – Awards Ceremony and half day Export Forum
9 September – Category winners (excluding the Unsung Hero Award) to attend Stage 2 judging for the New Zealand International Business Awards (includes pitching in person in Christchurch)


Who can help with my entry?

For issues with the application portal, contact us here.

  • For assistance with your application itself, get in touch with Cara Bradley, email or phone 03 479 0181.

  • Don’t forget to check our other FAQs for answers to common questions.


What makes a good application?

Your job is to convince the judging panel that you’re the best business in your category.

  • Be yourself, be compelling, and make sure you can back your claims up with evidence. 

  • Read the criteria carefully and make sure you address each question.

  • The judges will only have the information you provide in your entry, so make sure you answer thoroughly.

  • Make sure your claims are clear and supported.

  • Award-winning submissions always include data and evidence because doing so ensures credibility and believability. 


How does the otago export Awards and the NZIBA alignment work?


The Otago Chamber of Commerce is delighted partner with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) aligning the Otago regional export award programmes with the New Zealand International Business Awards (NZIBA). This allows NZTE to champion and support regional winners who will then be automatically shortlisted for the (NZIBA) .


I've got a different question.

No problem! Get in touch with us – we’re happy to help. contact us here.