New Zealand: New Zealand Innovation Awards now open
Last Updated: 22 June 2013

Enter these awards to showcase your world class innovations. James & Wells are proud sponsors of the Innovation in Design and Engineering/Manufacturing, one of several special award categories to choose from.

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Entries open for New Zealand Innovators Awards

What does the electric fence, the disposable hypodermic syringe, the whistle and the egg beater all have in common? They all shaped the world as we know it today and had an impact on the way we have grown and developed as a country. These are our own kiwi innovations, built and developed in our own backyard.

The New Zealand Innovator Awards, which are now open for entries, aims to celebrate and recognise innovations such as these.

Awards convener Louise Webster says "we continually punch above our weight on global stage, yet many of our innovations go unrecognised. That's why the New Zealand Innovators Awards are so important. We want to recognise not only the innovation but the innovators – the people behind the scenes, and showcase their achievements to the nation. ".

Bayer New Zealand is once again the main sponsor of the Awards, which are also supported by Idealog Magazine, Ideas Accelerator and the New Zealand Innovation Council.

Bayer New Zealand Ltd managing director Patricia Castle says sponsoring the New Zealand Innovators Awards is a natural fit for the company. "At Bayer innovation is very important to us. In fact, we see it as key to future growth and success. Globally we spend more than NZ$ 5 billion on research and development and employ more than 12,000 people in research roles".

"In New Zealand we have our own Centre for Innovation and Development focused on improving animal health. Supporting the New Zealand Innovators Awards is an extension1 of our commitment to innovation and to recognising the value of New Zealand innovators."

This year's New Zealand Innovators Awards have several categories across a wide sector of industry and business.

Award categories for 2013

There are eight awards for innovation excellence in industry:

  • Innovation in Design and Engineering (now includes manufacturing)
  • Innovation in Sustainability and Clean-tech
  • Innovation in Environment and Agriculture
  • Innovation in Health and Science
  • Innovation in Hospitality, Food and Beverage
  • Innovation in Information Communications Technology
  • Innovation in Marketing and Communications
  • Innovation in Media, Music and Entertainment

...and five awards for innovation excellence in business:

  • Bayer New Zealand - Supreme New Zealand Innovator
  • Emerging New Zealand Innovator (pre-commercial)
  • Most Inspiring Individual
  • Innovation Excellence in Research
  • Export Innovator of the Year

Will your innovation shape the world in 2013 and beyond?

Find out by sharing your great kiwi innovation, invention2, product or service. To enter now or to nominate someone for entry into the awards, go to

Entries close, Tuesday August 20.


1Deadlines given to respond to matters in a patent prosecution can often, but not always, be extended. Obtaining an extension to a deadline may be useful for a number of reasons, including to delay costs or to keep competitors in the dark as to your intentions. Your IP advisor can tell you what extensions are available for any given deadline.

2The product of the creative process of inventing. In intellectual property law "invention" is a legal term usually describing patentable subject matter. Under current New Zealand legislation that subject matter includes any manner of manufacture which is new and involves an inventive step. However, certain types of invention are excluded from patentability. They include inventions which are contrary to morality (for example weapons of mass destruction) and methods of medical treatment (on public policy grounds that such methods should be available for health practitioners to use to the benefit of all society).

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