The awards are open to any Otago business that meets the entry criteria. Businesses do not have to be a member of the Otago Chamber of Commerce to apply.

Entry Guide

We encourage you to check out the downloadable Entry Guide. This handy guide outlines all category questions while providing judges tips and guidance to help you submit your best application.

<Download the 2019 Otago Export Awards Entry Guide>


Entry Criteria

To enter the Otago Export Awards all entrants must:

  • be registered with the New Zealand Companies Office

  • not be under investigation by any New Zealand or international statutory body (e.g. Accident Compensation Corporation, New Zealand Police, Health and Disability Commission, Inland Revenue).

  • agree that, in respect of Otago Export Awards entries only, the Otago Chamber of Commerce can:

    i) update its client records from the information provided by the entrant; and ii) obtain a Equifax Business Report.

  • must be exporting internationally


Entrants must also demonstrate:

  • sustained and future commitment to international business and to New Zealand

  • proven business strategies 

  • quality goods and services 

  • a sound business and brand reputation, on and offshore

  • sustainable business principles

  • capacity and capability for future growth.  


Terms and Conditions

  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

  • Current employees of the Otago Chamber of Commerce cannot enter the awards

  • a sound business and brand reputation, on and offshore

  • Judges cannot be nominated in leadership categories

  • All finalists and winners agree to media coverage

  • All entry information is held on a commercial-in-confidence basis

  • No entry information will be shared or distributed to third parties – but there is an option for companies to receive partner information from time to time

  • The Otago Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to cancel the programme or individual award categories within the programme

  • The Otago Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to change the timeline including the awards dinner and ceremony date.

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