Finalist Information

Important information for finalists.
This page contains important information for finalists. Please read it carefully, check the FAQ page and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Celebrating your selection as a finalist

We’ve included social banners and sample social media posts below that you can adapt and use to share the good news about your finalist selection with friends, family and colleagues.

Awards night

We look forward to meeting you and celebrating at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner. This event is intended to recognise our finalists and announce the winners of each award category. Some important things to note:

  • Attendance: It is important that you attend, or send a representative in your place, to receive the award if you win your category.
  • Dress code: The Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner is a Black Tie event. For men, this means a traditional tuxedo jacket, trousers, shirt and bow tie. For women, this means long gowns, skirts or evening trousers. (If budget is an issue and you don’t own a tuxedo, just dress up as much as you can — a black or dark suit and tie is fine.)
  • Tickets: Tickets go on sale from Monday, 16 August. There’s more information on this on the main event page, but please don’t delay in ordering your tickets. The venue has limited capacity and we want to make sure that all finalists can be accommodated.
  • Ticket allocations: The initial ticket release is limited to a maximum of 5 tickets per finalist. You can indicate a requirement for more tickets (eg. full table of 10 upgrade) when ordering and we’ll release these to you once we’ve confirmed all finalists have obtained tickets.
  • VIP Cocktail Function: Your ticket to the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner also includes access to a VIP Cocktail Function from 6pm featuring live music, champagne and canapes. This is a fantastic chance to connect or reconnect with your peers and finalists, meet the sponsors and get ready for the main event.
  • Awards Ceremony: If your entry wins, you’ll be invited on stage to accept the trophy. Here’s how this will work:
    1. Please make your way onto the stage via the steps at side of stage.
    2. You will be greeted by the MC and sponsor’s representative who will present your trophy and be photographed with you centre stage.
    3. You can make brief remarks at the lectern on the opposite side of the stage to the MC’s lectern. If your entry is in a Programme & Excellence or Workplace category, please select just one of your party who will speak on behalf of your organisation. Please ensure that your remarks are limited to a maximum of 200 words.
    4. You will be escorted from the stage to the cocktail function area for a brief formal photography shoot and video interview. The video interview will be short and high level (just two or three questions), and you won’t need to do any preparation for it.
Sample social posts + banners.
Finalists can use and modify the following social posts for the purpose of promoting status as Finalists for the HeadFit Awards 2021, together with the 2021 Finalists social banner for your category below.

Sample Social Posts

Feel free to use this as-is, or adapt it as required. Remember to:

  • Replace all that square bracketed text!
  • Use the #HeadFitAwads hashtag
  • @tag your employer, the category sponsor and the HeadFit Foundation account

Excited to share that I’ve been selected as a Finalist for the #HeadFitAwards 2021 in the [Sponsor name with @ tag] [category name] category.  I’m grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received from [employer name with @ tag and list of supporters with @tags] to get this far and am looking forward to celebrating with the other finalists on awards night. [add other comments as required]

“Congratulations to [finalist name] on behalf of our 2021 judging panel,” says awards convenor [Grant Pritchard with @ tag].

“The judges noted the number, variety and calibre of entries for this year’s awards, so your selection as a finalist is a well-deserved recognition of your creativity, courage and perseverance.  It is this kind of work that is helping change how we talk about and address mental health at work — well done”.

Thanks to [Sponsor name with @ tag] for supporting this important event, and wishing the other finalists the best of luck!

[HeadFit Foundation with @tag] [Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand with @ tag]

Excited to share that [finalist name] has been selected as a Finalist for the #HeadFitAwards 2021 in the [Sponsor name with @ tag] [category name] category. [add other comments as required]

“Congratulations to [finalist name] on behalf of our 2021 judging panel,” says awards convenor [Grant Pritchard with @ tag].

“The judges noted the number, variety and calibre of entries for this year’s awards, so your selection as a finalist is a well-deserved recognition of your creativity, courage and perseverance.  Work like this is helping smash the stigma, raise awareness and create a more mentally-healthy future for Kiwi workplaces”.

Thanks to [Sponsor name with @ tag] for supporting this important event, and all the best to the other finalists!

[HeadFit Foundation with @tag] [Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand with @ tag]

Excited to share that [finalist name] has been selected as a Finalist for the #HeadFitAwards 2021 in the [Sponsor name with @ tag] [category name] category. [add other comments as required]

“Congratulations to [finalist name] on behalf of our 2021 judging panel,” says awards convenor [Grant Pritchard with @ tag].

“The judges noted the number, variety and calibre of entries for this year’s awards, so your selection as a finalist is a well-deserved recognition of your creativity, courage and perseverance.  Work like this is helping smash the stigma, raise awareness and create a more mentally-healthy future for Kiwi workplaces”.

Thanks to [Sponsor name with @ tag] for supporting this important event, and all the best to the other finalists!

[HeadFit Foundation with @tag] [Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand with @ tag]

Social Banners

Specialist of the Year Award

Recognising an individual in a formal HR, Health & Safety, Wellbeing or Diversity & Inclusion role who has demonstrated excellence and leadership in workplace mental health:

  • Sarah Bulkeley, Simpson Grierson
  • Ross Larsen, Flight Centre New Zealand
  • Nicky Primrose, Mitre 10

Finalist social banner:
Specialist of the Year Social Banner

Employee of the Year Award

Recognising an individual staff member or manager who has gone above and beyond to help improve mental health within the workplace:

  • Saphal Acharya, Giesen Group
  • Darren Evans, Air New Zealand

Finalist social banner:
Employee of the Year Social Banner

Lived Experience Leadership Award

Recognising an individual with lived experience of neurodiversity, mental illness or mental distress, who has demonstrated leadership by role modelling, reducing stigma and driving positive mental health conversations:

  • Jason Haitana, Northland District Health Board
  • Michelle Ortega, Fonterra
  • Hannah Young, Parallaxx

Finalist social banner:
Lived Experience Leadership Social Banner

Leader of the Year Award

Recognising a senior leader at work (eg. director, CEO, direct report of CEO) who has demonstrated leadership in improving mental health within their workplace:

  • Craig Hudson, Xero
  • Mark Lewis, Lane Neave
  • Dr Tony Smith, St John
  • Heidi Walker, Flight Centre New Zealand

Finalist social banner:
Leader of the Year Social Banner

Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement

This lifetime achievement award recognises an individual who has devoted much of their working life to improving workplace mental health in New Zealand. This award will be presented to a worthy New Zealander at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

Category sponsor:

AIA Vitality

Best Emerging Programme Award

Recognising a new workplace mental health programme that is showing significant potential to improve mental health within the workplace:

  • Cook Brothers Construction
  • Parallaxx
  • Refining NZ

Finalist social banner:
Best Emerging Programme Social Banner

Best Targeted Programme Award

Recognising a workplace mental health programme demonstrating significant positive mental health impacts for a targeted group of staff:

  • 2degrees
  • nib New Zealand
  • St John

Finalist social banner:
Best Targeted Programme Social Banner

Learning & Development Excellence Award

Recognising excellence in the design and delivery of learning resources and programmes aimed at improving mental health awareness and capability:

  • Beca
  • Leighs Construction
  • Simpson Grierson

Finalist social banner:
Learning and Development Social Banner

Engagement & Communication Excellence Award

Recognising excellence in engaging and communicating with staff in relation to mental health within the workplace:

  • Aurecon
  • Northpower
  • Zespri

Finalist social banner:
Engagement and Communication Social Banner

Provider of the Year Award

Recognising an external provider of workplace EAP services, technology solutions, consulting or training services that has demonstrated innovation, leadership and positive impact in improving mental health within New Zealand workplaces:

  • Blueprint for Learning
  • MATES in Construction
  • Surfing for Farmers

Finalist social banner:
Provider of the Year Social Banner

Small Workplace of the Year Award

Recognising an employer with up to 200 employees that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and impact in improving mental health within its workplace.:

  • Lane Neave
  • Juno Legal
  • Rabo Construct

Finalist social banner:

Large Workplace of the Year Award

Recognising an employer with over 200 employees that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and impact in improving mental health within its workplace:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Beca
  • Flight Centre New Zealand
  • Z Energy

Finalist social banner:
Large Workplace of the Year Social Banner

Public Sector Workplace of the Year Award

Recognising a public sector workplace that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and impact in improving mental health within its workplace:

  • New Zealand Land Search & Rescue
  • Wintec
  • Waka Kotahi NZTA

Finalist social banner:
Public Sector Workplace of the Year Social Banner

Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner Tickets

All remaining tickets for the Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner are now available for purchase, up to a maximum total ticket allocation of 10 tickets per organisation.

There are currently only 32 tickets remaining, and these can be purchased on a first-come-first-served basis. Order now.

Principal Sponsor
WorkSafe
Sponsors
AIA VitalityAll About People
ANZCO FoodsBenestar
Business Leaders' Health & Safety ForumEmployers & Manufacturers Association
Ember InnovationsMentemia
Ministry of Health
PwC New ZealandRussell McVeagh
SparkThe Warehouse Group
Whittaker'sWoo Wellbeing
Xero
Selected Category Sponsor opportunities are still available. Please visit the sponsorship page for more details or contact us to request a sponsorship prospectus.
Charity Partner
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Event Delivery Partners
Awards Trophy & Engraving ExpertsCreative Eye
Dave Simpson PhotographyMatley Chartered Accountants
Edwards Sound, Lighting & AVOutspoken
Sorrento in the Park
Awards night is now Tues, 16 November. Learn more about how we're dealing with COVID-19:
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