General Conditions of Entry

  • Businesses do not need to be members of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce to enter.
  • Entrants can indicate specific details they wish to be excluded from any publicity gained through their entry.
  • The winner of the Overall Supreme Business Award will be chosen by the judges from all award categories.
  • Finalists of all categories will be announced at Awards finalist announcement event, with the category winners announced at the Main awards Gala event.
  • Overall Supreme Business Award is judged on the overall application of organisations who are category finalists as well as subsequent finalist site visits.
  • At the Judge’s discretion, an entrant may be transferred to another category that they believe best fits the entrant, If a transfer is made, the entrant will be notified.
  • At the Judge’s discretion, two winners may be awarded in a category and/or any other special commendations awarded where deemed appropriate.
  • Any sole proprietor, partnership, incorporated society, limited liability company, educational institution, local or central government organisation, charitable or not for profit organisation, with its principal place of business based and trading in the Waikato region within the boundaries administered by the Waikato Chamber of Commerce is eligible to enter the awards. Individuals entering an applicable category (CEO and Emerging Leader of the Year) must also be associated with an eligible organisation.
  • Any business owned by a sponsor of the Westpac Waikato Business Awards can enter any category they are normally eligible to enter excluding the category which they are a sponsor of.
  • An organisation that is part of a larger national or international organisation must be able to demonstrate that it operates as a separate business unit.
  • Applicants must disclose any issues that may compromise the integrity of the awards or cause their organisation to discontinue in the following year. These issues may include legal action, law changes, possible loss of funding, or other risks.
  • All entrants must agree to take part in publicity around the WWBA 2017 Awards that has been organised by the Waikato Chamber of Commerce, and as requested by the category sponsor.
  • All entries will be reviewed by the judging panel and those considered to be potential finalists will receive site visits in order to determine category winners.
  • All entrants and finalists are encouraged to attend the Westpac Waikato Business Awards presentation to be held on Friday 3rd November 2017. This is a formal event during which the awards ceremony is held and the winners are announced.
  • Entrants may use consultants or other outside assistance to help them prepare their entries; however, the providers of any such external assistance must not be present during any part of the judging process.
  • If selected as a finalist, entrants will be requested by the chief judge to supply a copy of their last two year’s full financial accounts. It is a condition of entry to meet this request. (Please note that the financial accounts will only be reviewed by the chief judge and a senior member of the Waikato Management School Accounting/Finance department.
  • All entries are treated in confidence. Judges are required to sign a confidentiality agreement that prevents them from sharing any information in relation to entrants outside of the judging process.
  • Judges will not judge participate in the judging of any organisations where they are a Shareholder, Director or Employee of, or where an actual or potential conflict of interest arises.
  • Judges will not participate in the judging of any other entrants in a category where they are conflicted as above.
  • Entry submissions will be destroyed at the completion of the judging process.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no communications will be entered into.
  • As part of the application process, entrants’ consent to the possible disclosure of their personal contact information by the Waikato Chamber of Commerce to the Westpac Waikato Business Awards sponsors. This information may be used by sponsors for promotional and/ or sales purposes.
  • Entrants are required to submit their application in a digital format via the WWBA website entry portal.