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New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards Gala Dinner

12 July 2018: 6:30 pm, to
13 July 2018: 2:00 am

TSB Arena
4 Queens Wharf
Wellington, 6011

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The New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards are sector-wide awards recognising the individuals and teams who have truly excelled in our industry. While other awards focus on companies and vendors, the Excellence in IT Awards exclusively celebrates our people.

What makes the Excellence in IT Awards different is that it recognises the real people behind software and information technology - the people that make IT work. The unsung heroes and champions of our sector.

This is a full gala dinner featuring multiple live entertainment, MC Geoff Dolan, live music, open bar until late, and an after-party running until the wee small hours.


Come and join us as we celebrate our sector and the people that make it thrive. This is the capital's biggest party of all things tech!



New Zealand IT Professional of the Year

  • Lukasz Zawilski, CIO, NZ Qualifications Authority
  • Regine Deleu, All-of-Government Enterprise Architect at Department of Internal Affairs
  • Simon Ferrari, General Manager, Datacom Systems Ltd

Young IT Professional of the Year

  • Sam Jarman, Mobile Developer, BNZ
  • Caitlin Duncan, PhD student, University of Canterbury
  • Miria Royal, Solution Consultant, Vodafone. Founder FLINT. Chair Te Pū Whero

IT Project Excellence Award

  • IR ServiceNow Sprint Team, Inland Revenue
  • Kevin Robinson & the healthAlliance Stabilisation Programme Team
  • Richard Morgan, Managing Director, Cyclone Computers

Excellence in Software

  • Darren Bruning, CIO, Velogicfit
  • Vulcan Steel and Datacom Team, led by James Well, CIO, Vulcan Steel and James David, Business Solutions Manager, Datacom
  • Kristen Burne and the NZ Police Family Harm Application Team, Kristen is Senior Project Manager for the NZ Police ICT delivery team

 Excellence in Digital Health

  • Aliesha Staples, Managing Director, Staples VR
  • Kevin Ross, GM of Precision Driven Health and Director of Research, Orion Health
  • Rebecca George, Garth Munro, Holly Wang, Allied Health Informatics, Canterbury DHB

 Excellence in IT Education

  • Digital Technologies Teachers Aotearoa
  • Donald Joyce, Tertiary Education Consultant
  • Science Learning Hub

Excellence in GovTech

  • Jeremy Hughes and the NZTA ONRC PMRT team, Jeremy is a Director of Company-X
  • Mike Taitoko and the Takiwā team, Mike is CEO and Founder of Takiwā
  • Education Sector Logon Upgrade project team, Ministry of Education

Excellence in Technical Communication

  • Steve Moss, Director, TechWrite Services
  • Emma Harding, Co-founder and Writing Team Manager, Streamliners
  • Grant Mackenzie, Senior Technical Communicator, RAMM Software Limited 


Dress Code

The Dress Code is "Formal or Black Tie (optional)", meaning you can dress to the hilt in a black tie or formalwear, or dress down a little. Basically, just make an effort - it is an awards celebration after all! :)



Includes a full sit-down 3-course meal plus open bar until late.


Attending ITx?

If you have a full 3-day ticket for ITx, you do not need to register separately for this dinner - your ticket includes entry. 

You also don't need to attend ITx to attend this dinner - anyone can register and attend.

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Registration Details:

You can register for this event via Credit Card online now by using the link below, or alternatively call 0800 252 255 with your Credit Card details.

ITP Corporate Partners and approved organisations can opt to pay by invoice by calling 0800 252 255 or emailing attendee and business details through to Credit criteria and other conditions apply.

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

Attendance Cost

Everyone$169.57 + GST / $195.00 incl GST
Table of 8$1,300.00 + GST / $1,495.00 incl GST

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