Finalists Announced for HeadFit Awards 2021


HeadFit in association with charity partner the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is proud to announce the finalists for the HeadFit Awards 2021. After a year like no other, the HeadFit Awards is here to recognise the incredible work going on in organisations across New Zealand to improve mental health at work.

The judges were very pleased with the number and quality of entries for this year’s awards. Our esteemed judging panel evaluated all entries and has selected 37 finalists from across the following award categories:

  • All About People Specialist of the Year Award
  • ANZCO Foods Employee of the Year Award
  • PwC New Zealand Lived Experience Leadership Award
  • Russell McVeagh Leader of the Year Award
  • AIA Vitality Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • nib New Zealand Best Emerging Programme Award
  • The Warehouse Group Best Targeted Programme Award
  • EMA Learning & Development Excellence Award
  • Benestar Engagement & Communication Excellence Award
  • Ember Innovations Provider of the Year Award
  • Spark Small Workplace of the Year Award
  • Ministry of Health Large Workplace of the Year Award
  • Woo Wellbeing Public Sector Workplace of the Year Award
  • WorkSafe Supreme Award

“The judges were heartened and impressed by the significant effort, innovation and achievements of this year’s finalists,” says awards convenor Grant Pritchard.

“We congratulate and thank all entrants and finalists and look forward to showcasing and celebrating their success at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in September.”

A complete list of finalists can be found on the HeadFit Awards website at

Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner

Winners will be announced during Mental Health Awareness Week at a glittering black tie Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at Sorrento in the Park in Auckland on Tuesday, 16 November. With a VIP Cocktail function, live music from local artists and more, you won’t want to miss this special chance to celebrate and connect with other innovators and leaders in workplace mental health. More information about the event is available on our dedicated event page at

We’re pleased to announce that broadcaster and journalist Wilhelmina Shrimpton will be our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. She is an experienced MC and is sure to keep the audience engaged and entertained throughout the night. In the evening’s grand finale, you’ll learn the winner of the WorkSafe Supreme Award, which honours the entry that has demonstrated the greatest degree of leadership, excellence and positive impact relating to mental health at work.

We’ll also announce winner of our first ever AIA Vitality Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement. Join us to find out who it is!

It will be an amazing night, and we look forward seeing you there!

Book your tickets!

Tickets will be available from Monday, 16 August 2021 at a cost of $200 + GST per ticket. There are limited seats available due to venue capacity, so please purchase early to avoid disappointment. To ensure all finalists can be seated for the event, tickets will initially be limited to a maximum of:

  • 5 tickets per finalist
  • 5 tickets per sponsor (including any complimentary tickets)

When purchasing, you’ll be able to indicate if you wish to purchase additional tickets (eg. upgrading to a full table of 10). Once we’ve confirmed all finalists have purchased any required tickets, we’ll release the remaining tickets for purchase.


The HeadFit Awards would not be possible without the generosity and support of Principal Sponsor WorkSafe, and sponsors AIA VitalityAll About People, ANZCO Foods, Benestar, Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum, EMA, Ember InnovationsMentemia, Ministry of Health, nib New Zealand, PwC New ZealandRussell McVeaghSpark, The Warehouse Group, Whittaker’s, Woo Wellbeing and Xero.

Charity partnership

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has also been named charity partner for the awards. “We are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Foundation is our charity partner for the awards. We’re excited that the awards will be able to support the Mental Health Foundation’s important work to create a more mentally-healthy future for all New Zealanders,” says Pritchard.

Mental Health Foundation CEO Shaun Robinson adds “This stuff matters. All businesses need to prioritise the wellbeing of workers by implementing mana-enhancing policy. We look forward to learning more about the great work that we know is happening in Kiwi workplaces.”


About the awards

The HeadFit Awards is New Zealand’s first national workplace mental health awards programme. They were established to celebrate individuals, teams and workplaces who are leading in the area of workplace mental health and have three primary goals:

  • raising awareness of the critical role workplaces can play to support positive mental health for staff
  • showcasing the work of winners and finalists to inspire and support other workplaces
  • supporting the Mental Health Foundation as they work to improve mental health for all New Zealanders

“The workplace isn’t the final frontier for better mental health, it is the first frontier. We all have a role to play. The HeadFit Awards are here to recognise Kiwi trailblazers and share their insights with other workplaces,” says Pritchard.

About HeadFit

HeadFit provides mental wellbeing training, development and consulting services to New Zealand workplaces. HeadFit was created to help workplaces take a fresh look at how they do mental health at work. Because if we can change how we do mental health at work, we can change the world.

About the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Mental Health Foundation is New Zealand’s leading mental health charity. It provides resources, information, advocacy and programmes aimed at helping to create a society that is free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

Media contacts

For more information and interviews please use the following contacts or the contact details at

  • Mark Wilson
    Team Lead, Public Relations & Media Engagement
    Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
    Mobile: 021 998 949
  • Grant Pritchard
    HeadFit Foundation Limited
    Mobile: 021 343 121
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
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
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
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