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CIO Awards 2022 winners

The 2022 CIO Awards winners were announced during a gala dinner at Te Pae Convention Centre on 29 November and as always, it was a fantastic celebration of excellence and people making a difference to New Zealand’s tech sector.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, but especially to Auckland Council who took out the top gong in our category ‘Sustainability Through Technology’! Woohoo!

The CIO Awards recognise both individuals and teams, highlighting their strong and meaningful leadership, innovative and future-oriented approach, and strategic decision-making. Each is contributing to the successes of New Zealand organisations, the prosperity of Aotearoa’s digital economy and cultivating local ICT talent.

Winner: Sustainability Through Technology – Auckland Council

2022 Sustainability Through Technology winner Auckland Council. © 2022 Clare Toia-Bailey

More about Auckland Council’s winning entry:

The ICT Innovation team at Auckland Council is a small team supporting the Auckland region. Its mission is to develop innovative IoT solutions that provide data-driven sustainability outcomes in the Auckland region. With little budget available, the small team took a design thinking approach. This let them be innovative and flexible in delivery and capability, but also low-cost and effective with experimental solutions.

The team has a range of solutions already live in place including monitoring stream pollution levels, helping reduce Kauri dieback, and predator trap activation notifications. They experiment to find the right device endpoints for real world situations, use a variety of network connectivity options, have a self-healing network, and much of the code is open source.

The positive feedback the team is receiving means the team now has dozens of projects in the pipeline, while also working with community groups to create a bigger change. They say educating communities around what the technology can do in terms of outcomes is key to generating demand. The team looks forward to using data collected for predictive analytics and helping councils, communities and private organizations make better decisions for the environment.

Other finalists in this category:

  • Christchurch City Council
  • Computer Recycling Limited


New Zealand CIO of the Year 2022
Winner: Alistair Vickers, Chief Information Officer, Tū Ora Compass Health


  • Quin Carver, WorkSafe NZ
  • Cobus Nel, Transpower
  • Roxanne Salton, Southern Cross Health Society

2022 Outstanding Contribution to Technology and Business in New Zealand
Recipient: Peter Beck

2022 Emerging ICT Leader of the Year

Winner: Saba Samiei, Founder and CEO MACSO


  • Desiree Suligan, Automation Capability Lead, Tower Insurance
  • Simon Wilkinson, Head of Information Technology, Jones Family Business (JFB)

2022 Business Transformation through Digital and IT

Winner: ProCare Network Limited


  • Auckland Council
  • Steel and Tube Holdings Limited
  • Tonkin+Taylor

2022 Community Tech Champions
Winner: Tōnui Collab Charitable Trust


  • Christchurch City Council
  • Digital Future Aotearoa

2022 Best ICT Team Culture and Inclusion

Winner: Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)


  • Foodstuffs North Island
  • Selwyn District Council
  • Southern Cross Health Society

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