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1. Describe the innovation. How is it unique/original? How did you identify and then implement your innovation?
2. How is innovation nurtured and how is the team encouraged to think innovatively?
3. Describe any risks or challenges you identified in introducing this innovation. How did you manage the risks and challenges?
4. How are you maximising and sustaining the benefits of the innovation for further growth?
5. How are you measuring the success and value of the innovation?
6. What did you learn?
7. Outline and explain other significant business achievements over the last 12-18 months – e.g. sales trends, sales figures, gross or net profit. What do you attribute these to?
8. Please attach any supporting documents (max. file size 100Mb. Accepted file types include jpeg, png, pdf & MP3 and MP4 files)
1. How did you plan and approach the campaign using customer research and/or market insights? Please outline the approach taken.
2. What were the objectives of your campaign? How did you measure and evaluate the effectiveness of your marketing activities?
3. Who was the target market, and how do you differentiate yourself from your competitors?
4. What tools were used, and why?
5. How has your marketing approach achieved success for your business (include short and long-term achievements or successes)?
6. What budget did you set aside for the project? What was the marketing budget as a percentage of overall turnover?
7. Please attach any supporting documents (max. file size 100Mb. Accepted file types include jpeg, png, pdf & MP3 and MP4 files. Digital file preferred resolution is 72dpi)
1. Please provide a general overview of your business.
2. Describe how your business has responded to the diverse backgrounds and cultural needs and experiences of your employees and/or customers?
3. Describe how the initiative(s) were conceptualised and planned by your business, including how you engaged employees and/or customers in the process?
4. Explain how the impact of the initiative(s) are measured and what are the impacts on both your business as well the community?
5. How do you engage the community with the initiative(s) that you have in place?
6. How have your leaders demonstrated their commitment to inclusivity?
7. How do you propose to build on the initiative(s) in the future to ensure that positive impacts are sustained?
8. Please attach any supporting documents (max. file size 100MB, jpeg/png/pdf/mp3 and mp4 files accepted)
1. Outline and describe your business’ growth e.g. staff numbers, profit, sales etc.?
2. What strategy development and planning process was undertaken to achieve significant growth?
3. What obstacles, risks or challenges did you overcome and how?
4. What do you do to create an environment for continued improvement and innovation within your business?
5. What you are doing to ensure that business growth is sustainable?
6. Outline and explain other significant business achievements over the last 12-24 months – e.g. sales trends, sales figures, Navigating Lock Down, gross or net profit. What do you attribute these to?
7. Please attach any supporting documents (max. file size 100Mb. Accepted file types include jpeg, png, pdf & MP3 and MP4 files)
1. How do you integrate your values and identity through the organisation e.g. staff?
2. What planning have you done in your business to leave a legacy?
3. How do you market your business to showcase your value and identity?
4. What impact does your business have on the community?
5. How do you encourage innovation in the business?
6. How do you encourage your organisation to understand and embrace the principals of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (Participation, Protection and Partnership)?
1. Describe how your business has contributed to the Manawatū region.
2. Describe how this contribution was conceptualised and planned by your company and how the impact is measured?
3. What positive impact does this have on the community, the environment and the economy?
4. How do you engage the community with the initiative(s) that you have in place?
5. Describe why your business has engaged in the activities?
6. How did you engage your staff to support your initiative(s)?
7. How do you propose to build on these initiative(s)?
1. How have you aligned your recruitment, development and retention practices to support your business strategy and achieve success?
2. What initiatives have you implemented to either attract or retain critical talent within your organisation?
3. Describe initiatives you have implemented that create opportunities for employee learning, growth and engagement?
4. How do you promote diversity and foster inclusion in your workplace?
5. What processes have you put in place to ensure there is pay equity in your workplace?
6. How have you developed management leadership capabilities within your workplace?
7. How do you demonstrate commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of your employees?
8. Please attach any supporting documents (max. file size 100Mb. Accepted file types include jpeg, png, pdf & MP3 and MP4 files)
1. Your name
2. Your Email
3. Your Phone Number
4. Business you are entering
5. Reason for nominating?
How the cultural diversity needs of the business were identified, how the initiative(s) were conceptualised and the planning undertaken.
Evidence of how the initiative(s) were implemented and what was achieved.
Evidence of leadership commitment to inclusivity. How customers and/or employees were engaged in the initiative(s). How the organisation has overcome any challenges identified.
How the outcomes are measured across the organisation and was there feedback on the initiative(s). Details on the positive impacts for employees, customers, overall business performance and reputation. How the business will build on and improve these initiatives going forward and how it will continually evolve to embrace the benefits of diversity.
Details on how the initiative(s) impacted/benefitted communities in the region. This includes any social, cultural, and economic impacts. Has the organisation embraced the principals of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (Participation, Protection and Partnership).
1. Through entering the Westpac Choose Manawatū Business Awards (Awards), I/we confirm:
a. I/we are currently trading profitability and our trading outlook is positive. We are not aware of any circumstances, outside of COVID-19, that would impact negatively on our financial position over the next 12 months
2. I/we accept that entry to the awards requires us to provide a copy of our business’ logo to the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA)
3. If I/we are successfully identified as a finalist, I/we agree to:
a. Complete a interview/presentation with the Westpac Choose Manawatū Awards judges on 13 November 2020, being a 5-minute presentation on your application
b. Provide a blurb of approx. 50-70 words for use in promotional activity in association with the Awards
c. Participate in a photography session with the Awards official photographer
d. Participate in a Manawatū Standard full-page advertisement as a finalist of the Awards
e. Agree to have your business promoted as an entrant/finalist in any promotional activity in relation to the Awards
f. Agree to Westpac contacting our business for promotional purposes
g. Provide a copy of your latest financial statements or management accounts to CEDA for the purpose of confirming your businesses financial viability, or alternatively provide a written statement from your organisation’s chartered accountant to confirm the viability of your business as at your August management accounts. Any information provided to CEDA will not be shared, stored or kept by CEDA
4. CEDA reserves the right to limit the number of entries per category
5. No current sponsor of the Awards may enter the Awards
6. The decision undertaken by judges is limited to information provided by the business during the judging period. Additional information provided outside these stages will not be considered
7. Any information gathered during the Awards and judging process will remain strictly confidential
8. Decisions made by the judges are full and final and no correspondence will be entered into
9. I/We agree that by entering the Awards we agree to the Terms and Conditions of the 2020 Westpac Choose Manawatū Business Awards as stated above
The strategy/planning put in place to achieve growth, including the goals, actions and timeframes.
How growth was achieved and is there a document or electronic record outlining the planning undertaken and the achievement. Evidence of other significant business achievements. Obstacles, risks and challenges encountered and how these were overcome.
What is being done to create an environment for continuous improvement and innovation and is this business as usual or out of the box thinking.
How success vs. goals has been measured and evidence of sustainability of the growth. Other significant business achievements over the last 12-18 months.
Employment, exports, greater awareness of the region and whether the company is a regional ambassador. Promotion of the principals of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (Participation, Protection and Partnership).
The legacy that you would you like your business to leave. The planning that has been undertaken to ensure that a legacy is left.
What has the company done in terms of Māori identity and values and how is this integrated in the organisation? Provide evidence of this.
What is done to encourage innovation in the business.
Encouragement of the organisation to understand and embrace the principals of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (Participation, Protection and Partnership).
How the business is marketed to showcase value and identity. Impact of your business on the community in terms of social, environmental and economic impacts.
Policies or procedures in place to encourage innovation, and how the innovation was identified and planned.
Evidence of planning documents with goals, actions and time frames. Evidence of innovation implemented. The risks and challenges faced and how these were overcome.
Information on whether there is an environment of continued improvement and innovation - what is done when a new idea is suggested, how innovation is encouraged, is there a business as usual or out of the box approach and the uniqueness of the innovation.
Measurement of success vs. goals, how are the benefits maximised and sustained for growth, what were the business achievements over the last 12 to 18 months, and learnings for the business.
Impact of the innovation: employment, is the company exporting, greater awareness of the region and whether the company is a regional ambassador .
How the company planned and approached the marketing campaign using customer research and/or market insights.
Evidence of the campaign planning including measurable objectives, campaign implementation and evaluation of campaign effectiveness.
Innovation/creative thinking demonstrated throughout the campaign from development to execution.
The campaign has had a positive impact on the business and achieved the set objectives.
Planning that was undertaken in relation to talent attraction, recruitment, development and retention.
Evidence on how the business demonstrated promoting diversity and fostering inclusion, pay equity, talent development, health, safety and wellbeing.
Did the business show innovation or creative thinking in talent attraction, recruitment, development and retention.
Did the talent initiatives show a positive outcome for the business. Has the business evaluated the impact of the programme and shown evidence of this.
Describe the impact that your innovation with talent initiative(s) has had on the wider Manawatū region in terms of skills development and employment.
Evidence on how the initiative(s) were conceptualised and planned and the how the impact is measured.
Evidence of how the initiative(s) were introduced and what was achieved.
Are the initiative(s) implemented as a result of a business as usual approach or out of the box thinking, and how were staff and the community engaged in the initiative(s).
Details on the benefits for the business in terms of financial and the non-financial impacts such as reputation, brand and corporate citizenship. How will the initiative become sustainable.
Details on how this initiative(s) impacted/benefitted the community and the broader region. This includes social, environmental, cultural, and economic impacts. Promotion of the principals of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (Participation, Protection and Partnership).
Here’s everything you need to know before applying for our Study Manawatū Scholarship.
1. These Terms apply to the Study Manawatū Scholarship that will be open for applications between 12.00am NZST on Thursday 10 September 2020 and 5:00pm NZST on Thursday 29 October 2020.
2. Entries start at 12:00am and close at 11:59pm every day between 10 September – 28 October 2020, and start at 12:00am and close at 5:00pm on 29 October 2020.
3. The Scholarship owner is Central Economic Development Agency Ltd (CEDA), TSB Tower, Level 1, 1-19 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
4. Valid applications must be submitted via the website or by emailing the Talent and Skills Senior at CEDA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Large files should be sent through WeTransfer.com
5. Each application submitted must comply with the following (failure to do so will result in disqualification of the applicant’s submission from consideration):
a. be a video of maximum 2 minutes in length, OR a written essay in English no more than 500 words long, OR a photo series/essay containing no more than 10 images and accompanied by no more than 150 words in English
b. be the entrant’s original work and does not infringe any copyright.
c. must not be offensive, illegal, obscene or pornographic.
6. By submitting an application, you agree to give CEDA rights to use the copy, video and/or photography to promote Manawatū as a study destination royalty free.
7. Scholarship recipients will be selected by a judging panel consisting of three (3) judges. The recipients will be contacted via their supplied email address before 5.00pm on Friday 20 November 2020. The recipient must make contact with CEDA by reply email within one (1) week of being announced/emailed.
8. Scholarship recipients will receive a scholarship to the value of $1,000+GST to be spent on study or course related expenses only. This may include but is not limited to:
– School or course fees
– School uniform
– Books or study related stationery
– School activities such as sports fees, extracurricular trips or club activities.
9. The scholarship will be paid in full to the secondary or tertiary instituted with whom the recipient has enrolled for 2021. The recipient will then work directly with the provider to determine the spend and distribute the funds. The scholarship funds must not be used for the purchase or supply of alcohol.
10. Scholarship recipients names may be published on Palmerston North City & Manawatū Facebook page and in any associated communications made by CEDA.
11. Staff and immediate families of CEDA are not eligible to enter.
12. Travel and other incidental costs associated with claiming the scholarship, are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.
13. The scholarship is not transferable, exchangeable, or redeemable for cash.
14. CEDA is not responsible for any applications that may not be received whether through personal error or information technology faults.
15. Judging decision(s) are full and final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
16. In the event that a scholarship becomes unavailable for reasons beyond CEDA’s control, CEDA is under no obligation to provide a substitute scholarship.
17. International Students are defined as fee paying students who are not New Zealand citizens or holders of a residence class visa.
18. By submitting an application, applicants accept the terms and conditions stated above.
Here’s everything you need to know before applying for our Get Work Ready Scholarship.
1. These Terms apply to the Get Work Ready Scholarship that will be open for applications between 12.00am NZST on Thursday 10 September 2020 and 5:00pm NZST on Thursday 29 October 2020.
2. Entries start at 12:00am and close at 11:59pm every day between 26 August – 28 October 2020, and start at 12:00am and close at 5:00pm on 29 October 2020.
a. Be a video of maximum 2 minutes in length OR a written essay in English no more than 500 words long OR a photo series/essay containing no more than 10 images and accompanied by no more than 150 words in English.
d. include an overview of how the $1,000 will be spent.
6. By submitting an application, you agree to give CEDA rights to use the copy, video and photography to promote Manawat? as a study destination royalty free.
7. Recipients will be selected by a judging panel consisting of three (3) judges. The recipients will be contacted via their email before 5.00pm on Friday 20 November 2020. The recipient must make contact by return email within one (1) week of being announced/emailed.
8. Scholarship recipients will receive a scholarship valued at $1000+GST to be spent on work preparation related expenses only. This may include but is not limited to:
– Work attire or uniform
– Courses that will enable the recipient to ‘Get Work Ready’ such as to complete a driver’s license course, English speaking course, CV support, or business network membership
9. The scholarship will be paid in full to the recipient in the form of vouchers for specified items at the business where the items are to be purchased, or providers of membership/training to be received. The scholarship must not be used for the purchase or supply of food or alcohol.
10. Scholarship recipients name may be published on Palmerston North City & Manawatu Facebook page and in any associated communications made by CEDA.
Central Economic Development Agency Ltd (CEDA) makes a website available, known as the ManawatuNZ Visual Library (Visual Library) that is located at https://platform.crowdriff.com/m/ManawatuNZ. If you would like to use the images, videos and other resources available in the Visual Library, you will need to abide by these Terms & Conditions.
The Visual Library contains images, videos and other resources that are available free of charge to media, operators and organisations for the purposes of promoting Manawatū as a great place to visit, live, work, study and do business. These Terms & Conditions apply to all users of the Visual Library and/or the content, including users who download any content from the Visual Library or simply view content on or available through the Visual Library. By accessing, browsing and using the Media Hub, you indicate that you have read and accepted the Terms & Conditions.
These Terms & Conditions are subject to change, at the sole discretion of CEDA, at any time. When changes are made a new copy of the Terms & Conditions will be made available on the Visual Library. Please check the Visual Library regularly to view the then-current Terms.
General conditions of use
1. You must request approval from CEDA prior to using these resources for any purpose by supplying your contact information through the Visual Library. Misrepresentation of intended usage may result in future requests being declined.
2. If your request is approved, your rights to these resources are non-exclusive and non-transferable.
3. If your request is denied, we will send you an email with the reason(s) as to why it was denied. If your request is denied you are therefore prohibited to use the content requested.
1. All images on this website are protected under copyright and other laws of New Zealand. Likewise, with international conventions and similar laws abroad.
2. Unless otherwise stated, copyright, licensing rights and other intellectual property rights for the images, are owned or controlled by CEDA or their licensors.
3. All images are to be credited to “ManawatuNZ.co.nz“, where possible.
1. All videos on this website are protected under copyright and other laws of New Zealand. Likewise, with international conventions and similar laws abroad.
2. Unless otherwise stated, copyright, licensing rights and other intellectual property rights for the videos, are owned or controlled by CEDA or their licensors.
3. These videos may not be altered or modified in any way, with the exception of non-branded stock footage which may be re-edited as required.
4. All videos are to be credited to “ManawatuNZ.co.nz“, where possible.
1. All other resources on this website are protected under copyright and other laws of New Zealand. Likewise, with international conventions and similar laws abroad.
2. Unless otherwise stated, copyright, licensing rights and other intellectual property rights for these resources, are owned or controlled by CEDA.
3. These resources may not be altered or modified in any way, without the explicit approval of CEDA.
Privacy of Information
We may collect your personal information (including without limitation, your name and email address). We will not use or disclose your personal information except in accordance with the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993. We may use your personal information and/or activity, to analyse usage of this website and to improve the content and customisation of this website.
CEDA does not give any warranty or other assurance as to the resources appearing in the ManawatuNZ Visual Library, their accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, CEDA disclaims all responsibility for any damages or losses (including, and without limitation, financial loss, damages or loss of business, loss of profits, or savings, direct or indirect or consequential losses) arising in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise from the use of, or inability to use these resources or from any action or decision taken as a result of using these resources.
– Include your name, email address and a caption naming the place and people in the photo
– Contact details will remain confidential to the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) and will only be used for the purpose of sourcing higher resolution photos should it be required. Your name and caption will be published with your photo, and may be edited.
– Only photos taken within the Manawatu region will be approved to be submitted. The photo must be of high resolution (at least 1500px wide), but no larger than 4MB in size.
– All photos must be submitted without watermarks
– All submitters must certify that any photo(s) submitted are their own work, and that they own the rights to said photo(s)
– By submitting a photo(s), you agree that any individuals in the photo(s) have provided their verbal consent in allowing their picture to be submitted to #LoveManawatu, on to ManawatuNZ.co.nz and be used for Central Economic Development Agency’s (CEDA) promotional purposes. If the photo contains a child, express consent must have been obtained by the child’s parent or caregiver.
– By submitting a photo(s), you agree to give permission to CEDA to use the photo(s) and/or caption(s) for any purpose, such as in promotional materials, publications, displays, on websites, social media and digital channels without compensation to the photographer or any individuals or anything in the photo(s).
– I understand that not all photos submitted will appear in the #LoveManawatu photo gallery on ManawatuNZ.co.nz