Enter your details and submit, or download the form by using the link below to enter The Wairarapa Awards 2022:

EMAIL – Once you have completed ALL sections with a* of the form (use the link below), please email your nomination to info@wairarapachamber.co.nz by 5pm on Friday, 2 September 2022.

ONLINE – Please complete ALL sections with a* and SUBMIT your nomination to by 5pm on Friday, 2 September 2022.

• INNOVATION – a business that uses new ideas, innovative technology, and thinks outside the box • VIBRANT – a leading events, hospitality and tourism business • EMERGING – an up and coming business, one to watch • TEAM – a business which demonstrates service to community, investment in people, wellness & wellbeing • SERVICE – to an individual who has given exceptional service to a Wairarapa business during their employment with that business • YOUTH-FRIENDLY – a business who works collaboratively with young people to ensure they have a commitment to Lifelong Learning • PAKAHI MĀORI – celebrates the success of emerging Pakihi Māori / Māori enterprise.


  • Businesses can nominate themselves or the public can nominate a business (or individual in the case of the Service Award), in which case the nominated business will be approached and asked if they want to consider completing an entry form (individuals don’t need to enter themselves).
  • It’s important to note that we don’t disclose who makes the nomination, this is kept confidential.
  • Wairarapa finalists in the 2022 Wellington Gold Awards are automatically nominated.
  • We don’t require any specific financial information, although entrants should include some general financial indicators to help provide some context.


  • The selection of finalists will take place by a panel of independent judges overseen by an independent convenor – so everyone gets a fair go.
  • Wairarapa is a small region and to avoid accusations of bias, the panel of judges will not include members of the Business Wairarapa Board, and to maintain a professional level of impartiality the independent convenor will be chosen from outside the Wairarapa region.
  • As finalists, you will be informed at the Finalists Revealed evening and then subsequently confirmed by email that you have reached the final stage. You will be invited to attend the Awards night (which requires the purchase of tickets to the event). At this stage you have an opportunity to decline if they don’t wish to proceed any further in the competition.
  • As a finalist, you will be required to provide a 30-second video about your business to show at the Awards night. This may be an existing video, or our video production partner can help you prepare your a video clip from existing material, either photos or video at a minimal charge of $300. There is a strict limit of 30-seconds.
  • The Business Wairarapa board will select the recipient of the two tribute awards.
  • It is important to note that we also don’t do visits, interviews or presentations. The judging panel’s decision is final.
  • The judges have the discretion to place a business in another award category which may not be your preferred category. Finalists will only appear in one category.

The Wairarapa Award Events

  • The finalists will be announced at a special Finalists Revealed evening on Tuesday, 4th October 2022. All entrants / nominees will be invited to the evening and award finalists will be informed that they are finalists ‘live’ as part of the evening’s proceedings.

Finalists will be invited to attend the Awards Garden Party on Tuesday 22nd November 2022

Please email your completed form to Nicola Belsham at info@wairarapachamber.co.nz before 5pm, on Friday, 2 September 2022.