Frequently Asked Questions.

    We’ve assembled a list of the most questions regarding the awards. If your question isn’t answered here, please contact us so we can answer it and add it to the list!

    General Questions.

    The awards were developed to celebrate and showcase the incredible work that individuals, teams and organisations across New Zealand to improve workplace mental health. Check the about page to find out more about the purpose and vision of the awards.

    To register your interest in the HeadFit Awards, please enter your details on our updates page.
    You'll get announcements and reminders for the awards, plus news and updates from HeadFit Foundation and Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

    If you would like more information or have any other questions, please contact us.

    Questions about categories.

    Don't worry. Just enter the individual, programme or workplace category that you think best suits your entry. If the judges recognise that an entry shows strength in another category, or consider another category would be more appropriate for that entry, they can to change any entry's category at their discretion.

    Yes. Each category has its own eligibility requirements as set out on the categories page.

    Yes, but please minimise the total number of entries for each organisation. This will help keep the judging process manageable. The number of entries submitted for an organisation should not exceed the following:

    • Individual categories: one or two entries in total across all award categories in this class
    • Programme and Excellence categories: not more than one entry in total across all award categories in this class.
    • Workplace categories: not more than one entry in total across all award categories in this class.

    The judges may merge entries from a single workplace if they consider that multiple substantially similar entries have been submitted.

    We'd love to hear your idea. Please contact us so that we can learn more and consider it for next year.

    All about entering.

    No. The HeadFit Awards are free to enter.

    For the 2022 HeadFit Awards, entries open on Monday, 8 August 2022.

    For the 2022 HeadFit Awards, entries close at 11.59pm on Friday, 2 September 2022.

    Any person, team or workplace located in New Zealand may enter. International organisations with a place of business in New Zealand may enter, but only in for to their operations, people and programmes operating within New Zealand. Additional entry criteria are listed for specific categories on the categories page.

    The only awards category in which an external consultant or service provider can enter this year is the Provider of the Year. We have made an intentional choice to focus the awards on the good work that is happening within workplaces, so the awards categories reflect this. We may reassess this for future years.

    If you are an external consultant or service provider, your work could still form part of an entry by a workplace for its internal use.

    Questions about sponsorship.

    You can learn more on the sponsorship page. If questions or require further information, please contact us.

    If your chosen category does not currently have a sponsor, please contact us. We offer existing sponsors a right of first refusal to renew their sponsorship. Categories become open for new sponsor if the existing sponsors do not exercise their renewal right.

    If you provide goods or services that might be helpful as part of an awards programme, awards ceremony, and gala dinner, please get in touch for more information on how you can become a value event support partner.

    Other event support partners have provided goods or services at no charge, at discounted rates, or have waived certain fees that would apply to more conventional commercial events.

    The Judging Process.

    Judging takes place during September.

    Our judges' profiles can be viewed on the Judges page.

    To protect the privacy of the judges and the integrity of the judging process, please do not contact the judges or try to discuss your entry or any aspect of the judging process with them. All judges are subject to strict confidentiality and conflict of interest obligations, and will decline to discuss entries.

    The judges will independently review and score each entry, based on a number of criteria for assessment. The judges will then meet to conduct judging moderation and select the finalists.

    Criteria for each category is on the categories page

    No. But the judges reserve the right to contact the supporting referees you specified in your entry form.

    Because we like to be thorough. The judges reserve the right to contact an entry's referees to ask questions about the entry and to validate any information provided as part of the entry.

    Due to the high volume of entries received and to preserve the confidentiality and integrity of the judging process, we are unable to provide feedback on individual entries.

    Finalists are scheduled to be announced during the week commencing Monday, 10 October 2022. Exact timing will depend on completion of final judging moderation and reference checks.

    Questions for finalists.

    Yes. If you are selected as a finalist, you'll need to attend the awards ceremony and gala dinner or have at least one representative present. This is to ensure there is someone there to represent you and your organisation, and to accept the award if you are the winner.

    Unfortunately we can't offer finalists complimentary tickets. With around 40 finalists in attendance, providing complimentary tickets for finalists would impact the financial viability of the event.

    Yes, it is a good idea to prepare some bullet point speaking notes in case you win. It'll help you to confidently share what is important to you in a structured way. Please try to keep your remarks to around 200 words maximum.

    Awards ceremony and gala dinner.

    We have published terms and conditions for the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on our website. By ordering a ticket for the event, you are agreeing to those terms.

    Due to venue capacity constraints, we are limiting each organisation to a maximum of 10 tickets.

    In order to ensure that all finalists can be seated, if the event sells out and a finalist has not had an opportunity to purchase tickets, we reserve the right on an exceptions basis to reallocate 1 to 2 tickets from an organisation with 10 tickets. If we need to do this, we will provide a full refund for the reallocated tickets to the affected organisation.

    The Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner will be held on Wednesday, 30 November 2022, kicking off with welcome drinks from 6.30pm and the formal ceremony starting at 7pm.

    The awards ceremony and gala dinner will be held at Novotel Auckland Ellerslie. Just 15 minutes' drive from downtown Auckland, Novotel Auckland Ellerslie has a beautiful awards gala events space. It is conveniently located between the airport and CBD, with plenty of parking and easy motorway access.

    You can find out more information about the awards ceremony and gala dinner at here.

    We have negotiated a 10% discount off the hotel's best available rates for accommodation. Just call or email (09 529 9090 or [email protected]) and mention HeadFit Awards to request this offer when booking.

    Novotel Auckland Ellerslie’s physical address is 72-112 Greenlane East, Remuera. On-site parking is available, and Novotel Auckland Ellerslie is a short taxi or ride share journey from most metro Auckland locations.

    To navigate via GPS, we recommend you enter 84 Ascot Avenue, Remuera. There are plenty of transport options for the venue, including:

    • Public transport: Greenlane Train Station is 2 minutes' walk via pedestrian passage over the motorway from the hotel reception.
      Purchase tickets on station platform before getting on the train or use an AT HOP card to tag on. Tag off using an AT HOP card or paper ticket when exiting the train station.
    • Taxi: We recommend using Co-Op Taxi (Blue Bubble). A Co-op taxi stand can be found outside reception. Please inform hotel reception if you require a taxi urgently.
    • Car: Exit the Motorway at Green Lane (Exit 433). From the south, take the third exit at the roundabout onto Green Lane East. From the north, take the first exit. Turn right at the first traffic light next to Ascot Hospital onto Ellerslie Racecourse Drive. Keep on turning right at each roundabout (there are 2 more roundabouts). When you reach the hotel carpark boom gate, press press the button to receive a car parking ticket. Bring your car parking ticket to hotel reception for validation before you exit the car park.
    • Hotel parking
      Novotel Auckland Ellerslie has limited hotel spaces available on a first-come first-serve basis. The cost for parking is normally $15 per vehicle per night, but we have negotiated a special discounted parking rate of $10 for gala dinner attendees.
    • Additional parking
      Additional parking is available at Ellerslie Event Centre Gate 3 Pay & Display Area marked in red below. This parking area belongs to Ellerslie Event Race Course and is open for public use ($5 for 3 hours or $7 for 24 hours):

    The dress code is black tie. If you don't own a tuxedo and the cost of hiring or buying one is outside your budget, don't stress. You can wear a black or dark suit and tie -- just dress up as much as you can, as most people will be wearing black tie.

    We're hoping that New Zealand will stay out of another lockdown, but we're ready to act if we need to make changes due to a COVID-19 Alert Level or Protection Framework Level change.

    If a level change means that we are unable to host the event in person, we will delay the event or move it online. We'll keep you updated if this happens, and your ticket will be valid for the later date.

    When booking flights and accommodation for the event, please choose ticket options that allow for flexibility if the event date or format does need to change.

    All tickets are fully flexible, so they'll be valid for any revised date and can be transferred between staff if one of your guests can't make the revised date.

    If we decide to cancel the gala dinner entirely, we'll let you know and you'll be entitled to request a refund. If you paid by credit card, your refund will be less a 2.9% payment processing fee (which is a non-refundable fee from our payment processor, Stripe).

    If the event date needs to be delayed due to COVID-19 Alert Level or Protection Framework Level changes, all tickets are flexible and will automatically transfer to any revised date.

    Your tickets will be valid for any revised date and can be transferred between staff if one of your guests can’t make the revised date. Because all tickets are flexible, you are not entitled to a refund just because the event date changes or you change your mind.

    If we decide to cancel the gala dinner entirely, we'll let you know and you'll be entitled to request a refund. If you paid by credit card, your refund will be less 2.9% payment processing fee (which is a non-refundable fee from our payment processor, Stripe).

    Principal Sponsor
    Charity Partner
    Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
    All About PeopleBusiness Leaders' Health & Safety Forum
    HSE Global
    nib New ZealandSpark
    Top Drawer Consultants
    Whittaker'sWoo Wellbeing

    Selected sponsorship packages are still available. Please call 021343121 or submit an enquiry form to request a sponsorship prospectus and talk through the available options.

    Event Support Partners
    Awards Trophy & Engraving ExpertsCreative Eye
    Dave Simpson PhotographyMatley Chartered Accountants
    Mitre 10Outspoken
    Our 2022 winners have been announced!
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