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2024 Finalists

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Congratulations to the NZ HR Award Finalists for 2024.


HRNZ in association with Principal Partners AMP &, are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2024 NZ HR Awards. Congratulations to the following individuals and organisations.  Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on the 14th March 2024, in Auckland.


Individual Categories


HR Professional of the Year presented by Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Brooke van Velden

  • Kate Batkin - Medenterprises Services Limited
  • Natasha Holloway - Fliway Group
  • Wendy Baker – Brosnan


Emerging HR Professional of the Year in association with recruitHRpeople

  • Emily Atkinson - Port Otago
  • Grace Coffey - Access Community Health
  • Lauren Scrimgeour - Otago University Students' Association (OUSA)
  • Sean Mitchell - McDonald's Restaurants (NZ) Ltd


HR Student of the Year Award 

  • Jess Bensley  - Unitec - Auckland & Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • Letisha White - University of Otago
  • Monica Ellmers - Victoria University of Wellington
  • Shane Pond - University of Canterbury


Leadership Award in association with Inspire Group

  • Jennifer En - Martinus
  • Jo Domigan - Canterbury and West Coast districts of Te Whatu Ora
  • Mark Lewis - Connetics
  • Susan Lowe - Alpine Energy


Outstanding Service Award in association with Strategic Pay

  • The recipient of this award is decided by the HRNZ Board and announced live at the Awards Ceremony


HR Person of the Year in association with Lane Neave

  • The recipient of this award will be determined from the pool of individual category winners [except Outstanding Service Award]


Individual / Organisation Categories


Volunteer[s] of the Year Award 

  • Auckland Branch Committee
  • Michelle Shields
  • Waikato Branch Committee


Mana Tangata - Emerging Māori HR Award in association with Tonkin and Taylor Group

  • Ohu Ahumahi Workforce Development Councils
  • Te Whatu Ora - Maternity Kaiāwhina Programme
  • Te Whatu Ora - Tū Tangata Tū Rangatira
  • Z Energy - Te Terenga


Mana Tangata - Leader Māori HR Award in association with Tonkin and Taylor Group

  • Karli Te Aotonga - Te Pou Tuarongo - Ministry of Education
  • Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood NZ           
  • Tū Ora Compass Health  
  • Waipapa Taumata Rau - University of Auckland   


Organisation Categories



Talent Acquisition Award in association with H2R Consulting

  • Arvida
  • Connetics
  • Flight Centre Travel Group
  • Fonterra Cooperative Group
  • Kiwibank
  • New Plymouth District Council


Learning and Development Award  in association with Complete Learning Solutions
[Small to Medium Organisations]

  • My Food Bag
  • Coastguard Tautiaki Moana
  • The Learning Wave - Maruiti Safe Haven
  • TSA Management


Learning and Development Award in association with Complete Learning Solutions
[Large Organisations]

  • ACC - Te Ara Whakatipu The Growth Pathway
  • SkyCity Entertainment Group
  • Tauranga City Council


Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • BNZ
  • Chorus
  • Education Perfect
  • JLL NZ


Wellness Programme Award in association with AMP &

  • PwC New Zealand
  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • The Strand Veterinarian
  • University of Canterbury
  • Z Energy


Future of Work Award in association with Alex Hagan

  • Anthem
  • Barfoot & Thompson
  • Port of Auckland
  • Strategic Pay


Building Sustainability through People Award in association with PeopleEX

  • Hōhepa Hawke’s Bay 
  • Jacobs
  • Oyster Property Group
  • Hind Management & Sudima Hotels


HRNZ Supreme Award in association with AMP &

  • The recipient of this award will be determined from the pool of organisation category winners