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In Pictures: NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2014 finalists announced

At three simultaneous events held in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, the NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2014 finalists were announced yesterday evening. Finalists across all twelve categories were announced, and included MNCs such as Cisco and Fujitsu, as well as home-grown firms such as Vend, Xero and V-Mob. According to Award organisers, entries to the 2014 NZ Hi-Tech Awards recorded an incease of 38 per cent on the previous year. Winners of the Awards will be announced at a gala dinner in Christchurch on 16th May.

  • The NZ-Hi Tech Awards 2014 finalists were announced at three simultaneous events held at Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington yesterday evening.

  • Rob Lee, MD of IBM NZ started the proceedings for the event in Auckland. IBM hosted the Auckland event in its offices in the city.

  • Wayne Norrie, chair of the Hi-Tech Trust, stated that the ICT industry in NZ was a secret that should not be a secret. He described the Hi-Tech Awards initiative as an effort to highlight and recognise the 'tall poppies' in the industry.

  • A rapt audience listed as Norrie announced the finalists across all twelve categories.

  • As finalists were announced, they were encouraged to step forward and collect an envelope with details.

  • Finalists included MNCs such as Cisco and Fujitsu, as well as home-grown firms such as Vend, Xero and V-Mob.

  • (L to R) Amanda Armstrong, GM NZ for Xero, Annemarie Browne, VP of marketing at Orion Health and Christine Fenby, marketing director for Vista took home finalist envelopes from the Auckland event.

  • (L to R) Jack Drummond, business analyst at VMob and Vaughan Rowsell, CEO of Vend, show off their finalist envelopes. Both companies made finalist level in multiple categories.

  • The NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2014 categories are being judged by 40 judges, including international names as well as New Zealand ones. Most judges are involved only in single categories. The set of judges in Auckland who attended the event yesterday were proud to be a part of the Awards.

  • Trustees of the NZ Hi-Tech Trust turned up in strength for the Auckland event announcing finalists for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2014

  • The Auckland event brought together industry stakeholders, sponsors, judges and finalists.

  • The Auckland event brought together industry stakeholders, sponsors, judges and finalists.

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