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Three Christchurch companies among NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Three Christchurch companies among NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Orion Health was the stand out entrant, featuring as a finalist in six categories

Three Christchurch companies have made this year’s list of finalists for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards. “We were amazed to have received any entries from Christchurch as the competition closed just days after the earthquake struck,” says NZ Hi-Tech Trust Chair, Wayne Norrie. “To be able to announce three Christchurch companies as finalists is testimony to the hi-tech sector continuing to be a dominant force for Canterbury in the future.” Electronic fold-up bike manufacturer YikeBike is a finalist in the Dell Innovative Hardware Product category while NZ Tax Refunds and Sense Medical are finalists in the NZX Hi-Tech Emerging Company and the new Vodafone Most Innovative Product from an Emerging Market category, respectively. The finalists were announced at simultaneous functions held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Orion Health was the stand out entrant, featuring as a finalist in six categories. Mi5 Security and VoucherMob have also made it to the finals in more than one category. According to the organisers, entries for 2011 hit record numbers and the NZ Hi-Tech Trust chair attributes at least some of the increase to the judging panel that has been assembled for the Awards. “We have over 40 local judges and a dozen international judges including Wall Street Journal’s Global Business Advisor of the Year, Gary Hamel, and Dell founder, Michael Dell,” says Norrie. “Who wouldn’t want to get their business in front of those guys?” Winners of the awards in each category will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at the TSB Arena in Wellington on 6 May 2011. The finalists for each category are as follows: PricewaterhouseCoopers Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2011 M-Com

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