How do you stack up against your competitors?

HR leaders reveal why industry awards are so important

How do you stack up against your competitors?

How does your organisation’s HR practices stack up against other businesses? One way to find out and get some recognition for the hard work your teams put in, is to enter our annual HRD Awards NZ showpiece.

Amy Berry, business support manager at eStar, an Excellence Award winner in the Employer of Choice category at the 2022 HRD HR Awards, believes the awards are a great opportunity to see how you compare to other organizations.

She said: “We are doing great things at eStar to make our workplace one where people come first, are heard and contribute to making eStar a great place to work, and we wanted to compare how we stack up in this regard against other New Zealand businesses.”

There’s still time to nominate your most outstanding HR professionals and find out how your company stacks up against competitors as the fourth annual HRD Awards returns for 2023! Nominations opened on 31 October 2022 and remain open until 2 December 2022. Winners will be announced at the HRD HR Summit at the Hilton in April 2023.

Click here to learn more and nominate!

“The awards showcase the organisations that are doing well in this area and what they are doing, and this hopefully encourages others who want to do more for their employees but are not quite sure what or where to start,” said Berry.

Brynlea-Hunter Morpeth, AIAs chief people & culture officer told HRD: “We entered the awards because it provided us with an opportunity to take part in some New Zealand independent industry awards with meaningful categories that many other leading organisations across the country also take part in.”

Evelien Johnstone, senior HR business partner at KraftHeinz, a 2022 award winner agreed: “Seeing what other companies are doing in this space holds so much value, so we can learn from one another and continue the important mahi.”

The Warehouse Group won a range of HRD awards, including excellence awards for HR Team of the Year and one of New Zealand’s Employers of Choice. Robyn Jorge, chapter lead, employee engagement and development said: “It was a no-brainer to enter the awards, it’s so important to recognise the work our HR team does to support our people, and to share that alongside others in our industry is really special. For us, celebrating our people and our progress in creating the best environment for our team members is always exciting, and we’d definitely encourage others to enter the awards this year.”

Award information

The annual HRD Awards is the leading independent awards program in New Zealand. The awards showcase the country’s most outstanding HR teams, leaders and employers for their innovation, best practices, and achievements in the HR profession over the past 12 months.

There are seven categories open to in-house HR teams, HR leaders, and programs across areas such as leadership, workplace flexibility, employee wellbeing, diversity, and more.

Award categories include:

  • NZ HR Director of the Year
  • NZ HR Rising Star
  • Best Reward & Recognition Program
  • Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Program
  • Service Provider of the Year

We encourage you to put forward your team, programs, colleagues, or even yourself, for as many categories as you like.

Click here to learn more and nominate!

Award methodology


Nominations are open for submission from 31/10/22 – 02/12/22 via the event’s online portal. The awards are free to enter. Individuals and companies can nominate themselves or their peers in unlimited categories. Submissions must focus on the achievements of the last 12 months.

Research and Judging

The HRD Awards team conduct thorough research to verify all submissions and nominations. An independent panel of judges made up of HR leaders from around New Zealand review submissions and allocate each nominee with a confidential and impartial score.


Winners will be announced at HRDs annual HR Summit. A highly anticipated, in-person event held on Auckland’s waterfront at the Hilton on 27 April 2023. 

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