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Breaking: 2021 NZ CIO Awards finalists announced!

Younity are thrilled to once again sponsor the 2021 New Zealand CIO Awards, being presented at a Gala Dinner event at Auckland's Shed 10 on the 23rd November. We are looking forward to presenting the 'Sustainability through Technology' Award, a category we are proud to associate with. Here's all the finalists!

The 2021 New Zealand CIO Awards finalists were announced last week, with the event returning to it’s traditional format after being disrupted in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Younity are proud supporters of this event, sponsoring the ‘Sustainability through Technology’ Award category. Here are our finalists!


Sustainability through Technology

The Sustainability through Technology Award, sponsored by Younity, honours the achievements of organisations that have successfully planned and executed sustainability initiatives using technology that has produced benefits to the organisation or to communities. The 2021 finalists are:

  • FutureFit
  • Recycle A Device
  • Westpac

The other finalists for the 2021 New Zealand CIO Awards are:


Emerging ICT Leader of the Year

The Emerging ICT Leader award recognises, celebrates and encourages the exceptional ICT Talent of professionals under the age of 33. The 2021 finalists are:

  • Avinash de Silva – Technology & Platforms Manager, Fresh Direct Ltd (NZ)
  • Bob Kombora, IT Operations Manager, Vulcan
  • Taryn Olsen, Product Owner – Fulfilment, Countdown
  • Alex Stewart, Founder & CEO, WombatNET Limited

Business Transformation through Digital & IT

This award honours the achievements of organisations that have successfully planned and executed a Business Transformation initiative or initiatives using digital or disruptive technologies. The 2021 finalists are:

  • Auckland Airport
  • Auckland Council
  • Contact Energy
  • Earthquake Commission
  • Tu Ora Compass Health

Community Tech Champions

The Community Tech Champions Award honours and showcases outstanding initiatives by private enterprise, public sector or academic institutions that address diversity issues, engaging youth or lifelong learners. The 2021 finalists are:

  • Greater Christchurch Schools Network
  • IT Professionals NZ Schools Outreach Programmes
  • RoboPa – Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi
  • She Sharp
  • Te Awa Kairangi Access Trust

Best ICT Team Culture

This award recognises outstanding team culture within an organisation’s ICT team. With the industry challenged by skills shortages, fostering an excellent team culture and retaining and nurturing a diverse IT staff can create a competitive advantage for the entire organisation. The 2021 finalists are:

  • Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • healthAlliance
  • Vocus

New Zealand CIO of the Year

The winner of the New Zealand CIO of the Year will demonstrate how they have positioned the role of CIO strategically within the company and will be able to demonstrate innovation and successes achieved over the past 12 months and into the future. The 2021 finalists are:

  • Phil Coster – Chief Information Officer, Mitre 10
  • Andrew Haddad– Chief Information Officer, Vodafone New Zealand
  • Robert Lockerd – Chief Information Officer, New Zealand Parliament

We also look forward to finding out who will be this years recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Technology and Business in New Zealand award, due to be revealed on the night!

Congratulations to all of the finalists! See you on the night as we celebrate outstanding achievements in the New Zealand technology and digital community.


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