Judging Process Supported by 2degrees

The judging panel consists of over 30 Waikato business leaders, and takes place over two stages. We are proud to have 2degrees as the sponsors of our judging process, helping the judges to do the great job they do, just as 2degrees are Fighting For Fair for Kiwi Business.

Judging steps

In the first stage of the process, the judges will review your written application and decide which businesses will progress to stage 2.

Stage two includes a site visit, which will take about two hours. The judges will ask questions including about your application, your business and anything else they might find relevant.

The judges will then decide who the finalist and winners are for each category and supply feedback which will be shared with your after the Gala Dinner. 

Hear what our Head Judge, Dr Heather Connolly, has to say about why you should enter the Business Awards!


2024 Judges

Head Judge

Dr Heather Connolly

Brendhan Greaney

Hamish Ward

Jessica Fearnley

Kylie Harcourt

Rachel Afeaki

Dick Breukink

Jane Hill

Jo Goodwin

Lisbeth Jacobs

Rhys Harvey

Dylan Shell

Jason Cowan

Jon Calder

Melanie Reid

Sam Hood

Eddie Stocks

Jason Dawson

Jono Peart

Michelle Baillie

Scott Ratuki

Geoff Furniss

Jason Trower

Kim Hill

Muhammad Cajee

Tony Begbie

Gwendoline Keel

Jeremy Hughes

Kirstyn Beuzeval

Pat Mellsop

Warwick Pitts


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