Finalists Announced for HeadFit Awards 2022


    HeadFit in association with charity partner Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and Principal Sponsor WorkSafe New Zealand is proud to announce the finalists for the HeadFit Awards 2022. The HeadFit Awards aims to recognise the incredible work going on in organisations across New Zealand to improve mental health at work.

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

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

    The judges selected 36 finalists for recognition at this year’s awards:

    All About People • Specialist of the Year

    John Frear, Giltrap Group
    Ross Larsen, Flight Centre New Zealand
    Nicky Primrose, Mitre 10

    Mental Health Foundation • Lived Experience Leadership

    Mark Belchamber, Hato Hone St John
    Chris Collins, Air New Zealand
    Natalee Scripps-Hawkins, Auckland Airport

    Groov • Leader of the Year

    Michael Barnett, Auckland Business Chamber
    Mark Lewis, Connetics
    Dr Tony Smith, Hato Hone St John
    Heidi Walker, Flight Centre New Zealand

    HeadFit Foundation • Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement

    Under embargo until 30 November 2022

    nib New Zealand • Best Emerging Programme

    Coffee Supreme
    Giltrap Group

    Fulton Hogan • Best Targeted Programme

    Air New Zealand
    Hato Hone St John
    nib New Zealand

    Woo Wellbeing • Diversity & Inclusion Excellence

    Under embargo until 30 November 2022

    Xero • Innovation & Technology Excellence

    Auckland Transport
    Giltrap Group
    Worldline NZ

    Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum • Learning & Development Excellence

    Flight Centre New Zealand
    Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury

    Vitae • Engagement & Communication Excellence

    Fulton Hogan
    Worldline NZ

    Top Drawer Consultants • Provider of the Year

    My Everyday Wellbeing
    Shine DVFREE

    Spark • Small Workplace of the Year

    Coffee Supreme
    Whitaker Civil Engineering
    Worldline NZ

    HSE Global • Large Workplace of the Year

    Flight Centre New Zealand
    Fulton Hogan
    Giltrap Group

    My Everyday Wellbeing • Public Sector Workplace of the Year

    Under embargo until 30 November 2022

    Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner

    Winners will be announced at a glittering black tie Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at Novotel Auckland Ellerslie on Wednesday, 30 November. 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

    In the evening’s grand finale, you’ll learn the winner of the WorkSafe Supreme Award, which honours the entry that has demonstrated overall leadership, excellence and positive impact relating to mental health at work. We’ll also announce winner of the 2022 Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement Award, which was won last year by Sir John Kirwan.

    Tickets available now

    Are available now at a cost of $200 + GST per ticket on our website. There are limited seats available due to venue capacity, and tickets will be allocated on a first-in-first served basis. Please purchase early to avoid disappointment. A maximum of 10 tickets per organisation can be purchased. Terms and conditions apply.


    The HeadFit Awards would not be possible without the generosity and support of Principal Sponsor WorkSafe, and sponsors like All About People, Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum, Fulton Hogan, Groov, HSE Global, Mitre 10, My Everyday Wellbeing, nib New ZealandSpark, Top Drawer Consultants, Vitae, Whittaker’s, Woo Wellbeing and Xero.

    We have selected sponsorship opportunities still available, so please call 021343121 or submit an enquiry form if your organisation is interested in supporting this year’s awards.

    Charity partnership

    The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is the awards’ charity partner. “We’re excited to 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
    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

    • Grant Pritchard
      HeadFit Foundation Limited
      Mobile: 021 343 121
    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
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