Award Categories and Criteria

Submissions are now closed for the 2019 HR Awards


Individual Categories

HR Generalist of the Year in association with SHL

The HR Generalist of the Year Award seeks to acknowledge individuals who exhibit excellence through a range of different disciplines. Their title may extend beyond HR, but they will show a track record of HR work.
Eligibility: At least 4 years experience in an HR Practitioner role (employed in HR roles since 2015 or earlier) and are currently in a HR generalist position.


HR Specialist of the Year

The HR Specialist of the Year Award seeks to acknowledge individuals who demonstrate excellence in a specific HR discipline or in a limited range of related disciplines. Potential specialty areas include change management, employment relations and remuneration among many others.
Eligibility: At least 4 years experience in an HR practitioner role (employed in HR roles since 2015 or earlier) and are regarded as a leader and specialist in their chosen field of expertise.


Emerging HR Practitioner of the Year

The Emerging HR Practitioner of the Year Award recognises those who are in the early stages of their human resources career. This award focuses on identifying emerging talent, demonstrated in a generalist role.
Eligibility: HR practitioners with less than four years experience (commencing work in an HR role in 2015 or later).


HR Manager of the Year in association with Talegent 

The HR Manager of the Year Award seeks to acknowledge individuals who exhibit excellence in leading an HR team and championing HR within their organisation.
Eligibility: HR Managers who lead a team of at least four other HR practitioners.


Organisation Categories

Diversity and Inclusion Award in association with Skills

The Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises excellence in identifying and acting in a way that shows that a “one size fits all” approach to managing people does not achieve fairness and equity of opportunity for everyone. Good people practices demand that people priorities are both consistently fair but also flexible and inclusive in ways that are designed to support business needs.


Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award in association Southern Cross Health Society

The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award recognises outstanding initiatives and/or strategies promoting the health, safety and wellbeing of employees in their workplace.


Learning & Development Capability Award in association with Open Polytechnic NZ

The Learning and Development Capability Award recognises excellence in outstanding training and development initiatives that have contributed significantly and strategically to organisational capability outcomes.


Organisational Change and Development Award in association with Human Synergistics

The Organisational Change and Development Award recognises excellence in outstanding initiatives that demonstrate innovation and a responsible approach to organisational change and development.


Talent Acquisition, Development & Management Award in association with Lee Hecht Harrison

The Talent Acquisition/Development and Management Award recognises outstanding initiatives and strategies used within an organization to respond to and address current or future skill shortages. Recommended for organisations who have taken an integrated approach to recruiting, developing and retaining people in areas where an organisation has identified critical skills shortages as a barrier to future business success. The Award could be suitable for agencies that have assisted their clients to formulate and implement innovative strategies for attracting talent to the organisation.


Workplace Experience Programme of the Year Award in association with AskYourTeam

The Workforce Experience Programme of the Year Award recognises excellence in outstanding initiatives that demonstrate significant achievement in the improvement of the workforce expeirence culture in an organisation.
This category is recommended for those organisations which demonstrate excellence in initiatives and strategies which actually drive positive workforce experience – that is, the extent to which employees commit to something or someone in their organisation and how hard they work and how long they stay as a result of that commitment.


HR Research Team of the Year

The HR Research Team of the Year Award is designed to recognise New Zealand academic teams who demonstrate research excellence within the broad discipline of Human Resource Management.


HR Team of the Year – Small Enterprise/Not-for-Profit Sector

The HR Team of the Year – Small Enterprise/Not for Profit Sector Award recognises excellence in HR delivery by an HR team of three or less working in a small to medium business or not-for-profit.


Other Categories

Christian Dahmen Memorial Award for HR Innovation in association with On-Brand Partners

The Christian Dahmen Memorial Award recognises applicants who have introduced a new product, service, HR practice or technology not previously seen in New Zealand or who have taken an existing approach or used an existing product or service in a novel or unique way. The award also recognises initiatives or strategies which support/create a culture that stimulates and harnesses innovation.


HRINZ Branch of the Year

The HRINZ Branch of the Year Award recognises the HRINZ Branch that has contributed the most to the success and the building of capability in the HR profession and wider business community through innovation, networking and learning and development opportunities.


Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Strategic Pay

This prestigious award recognises the significant achievements of a career HR Professional who is considered a true leader. This recipient of this award is decided by the HRINZ Board.