Entry deadline extended!

    Enthusiasm and support for the HeadFit Awards has been fantastic. We’re stoked to see the entries and nominations rolling in, and we’ve had a few entrants ask for a bit more time.

    We want to make sure everyone has a chance to enter, so we’ve extended the entry deadline to 11.59pm on Friday, 9 September.

    If you’ve already submitted your entries and nominations, thank you! If not, tell your mates and use this time to get those entries and nominations in!

    Clarification on maximum entries.

    We’ve had questions coming in regarding how many entries a workplace can submit. This is covered in the FAQ, but in short each workplace can have up to six entries in total. This is made up of:

    • Individual awards: Up to two entries per workplace in total for awards in this division.
    • Programme and Excellence awards: Up to three entries in this division per workplace, comprising one for D&I Excellence, one entry for Innovation & Technology Excellence, and one entry for any other award category in this division.
    • Workplace awards: Up to one entry per workplace in total for awards in this division.

    The convenor and judges can move your entry if they think it is better suited to a different category, or add your entry to another category if they think it is also eligible for that category. If your workplace submits more entries than the above limits, the judges may merge or disqualify any additional entries.

    A note for providers. External providers of any kind are only permitted to enter the Provider of the Year category (but your work may be featured in your clients’ entries). Providers may only submit one entry.

    Not sure which category is right for you?

    With 15 awards categories covering individuals, programmes and workplaces, there’s bound to be a category for your kaupapa and mahi. We’ve suggested potential category options that might suit you:

    Individual awardsTarget nominees
    HR/HSW/D&I Specialist of the YearStaff in formal HR, HSW or D&I roles
    Employee of the YearStaff other than senior leaders
    Lived Experience LeadershipStaff with lived experience of neurodiversity or mental illness
    Leader of the YearSenior leaders, like a Director, CEO or their direct reports
    Legend Award for Lifetime AchievementAn person later in their career who has dedicated much of their working life to improving workplace mental health
    Programme & Excellence awardsTarget nominees
    Best Emerging ProgrammeWorkplace programmes that have started in the last 18 months
    Best Targeted ProgrammeWorkplace programmes targeted at a specific group of staff
    Diversity & Inclusion LeadershipWorkplace programmes and initiatives aimed at creating an inclusive supportive environment for staff with neurodiversity or mental illness
    Innovation & Technology ExcellenceWorkplaces using innovation or technology to drive improvements in workplace mental health
    Learning & Development ExcellenceWorkplace programmes and initiatives focusing on training, learning and improving staff capability
    Engagement & Communication ExcellenceWorkplace programmes and initiatives aimed at effectively communicating with and engaging staff
    Workplace awardsTarget nominees
    Provider of the YearProviders of workplace mental health services and solutions to other organisations
    Small Workplace of the YearPrivate sector workplaces with up to 200 staff
    Large Workplace of the YearPrivate sector workplaces with more than 200 staff
    Public Sector Workplace of the YearAny type of public sector workplace, regardless of size

    Save the date

    The HeadFit Awards 2022 gala dinner and awards ceremony will be a glittering black tie event held in Auckland on Thursday, 17 November 2022. You’ll get to connect and celebrate with workplace mental health leaders, innovators and champions from around New Zealand.

    Tickets will be available from the date on which the finalists are announced. Just register for updates and we’ll let you know as soon as the tickets are available, or reach out if you have any questions regarding the gala dinner and awards ceremony.

    Stay in the loop

    To stay up-to-date on the HeadFit Awards 2022, just register for updates and we’ll let you know as we reach key stages through the awards programme and provide you with occasional reminders.

    You can also connect with us on LinkedIn and other social media platforms to help us spread the word about the awards. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and if you post about the awards or share any of our posts, please use the hashtag #HeadFitAwards!

    Have you thought about sponsoring?

    We couldn’t do this event without our incredible sponsors. And we’re working hard to find sponsors for all of our awards categories. Please visit the sponsorship page for more details or contact us if you’re interested in sponsoring an award category.

    By sponsoring, you’ll help us cover the event costs, grow the event and support the Mental Health Foundation in their work to foster mental wellbeing for all New Zealanders.

    Noho ora mai rā / Take care

    Grant Pritchard
    Awards Convenor

    Principal Sponsor
    Charity Partner
    Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
    Category Sponsors
    AIA VitalityAll About People
    Business Leaders' Health & Safety Forum
    HSE GlobalMinistry of Health
    PwC New Zealand
    SparkThe Warehouse Group
    Whittaker'sWoo Wellbeing


    Event Support Partners
    Awards Trophy & Engraving ExpertsCreative Eye
    Dave Simpson PhotographyMatley Chartered Accountants
    Mitre 10Outspoken
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