Commonly asked questions

Do I need to be a Westpac client?

No, Westpac are major sponsors but the organisation welcomes entries from all businesses in the region regardless of where they bank.

How much time will it take to put my entry together?

If you already have marketing and business plans then you’ll have a lot of the information already on hand to complete the entry form. If you do not have these documents, this is great opportunity to get all the information in your head on to paper. We know it may look daunting but adhere to the word counts and it will flow.

Can a not-for-profit business/volunteer enter?

Yes, your business could enter in the community excellence category and explain how your funding is obtained, the criteria to which you operate under your charter or constitution while retaining your special NFP status.

If I am a small business can I enter?

Yes, small medium and large businesses are invited.

How is feedback provided?

After the Awards are announced you will receive judges feedback which may assist you with understanding the highs and lows of your business. This will be in summary form following the more detailed feedback that may be given during the judges interviews.

Who gets to see my entry? Is it confidential? It is confidential.

The only people that see your entry are the awards coordinator and the three judges within your category. A summary of your entry is brought to the final judges table by them alone.

Do I have to attend the Awards Dinner?

Finalists are expected to attend the Awards presentation on Friday 18 June 2021. It is an opportunity for you to celebrate with your peers and colleagues, so please consider this in your planning and budgeting.

When do entries close?

Please ensure that one of your entry submission is received on or before Wednesday 31 March 2021. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


For all enquiries please contact:

Awards Coordinator
Jo Ware 021 298 4690

c/o Trust Tairāwhiti,
PO Box 800, Gisborne 4040
50 The Esplanade, Shed Three, Floor 1,
Gisborne 4010