Christchurch company HumanWare took the top honours at Allied Telesyn New Zealand Hi Tech Awards. The company’s products help thousands of sight-impaired people.
The Awards ceremony capped a weekend of technology events, featuring New Zealand’s electronics, software and biotech industries. The organiser say the strong turnout was evidence of a robust and fervent industry in NZ.
“HumanWare is undoubtedly one of the brightest lights amongst New Zealand’s elite exporters and a true global leader,” say the judges. “Winning both the Supreme Allied Telesyn Hi Tech Company of the Year and the Avnet Electronics Marketing Electronic Company of the Year Awards is a fitting recognition of the contribution to industry of its founder and CEO, the late Dr Russell Smith.”
Chairman of the organising committee, Phil Holliday, paid a special tribute to Dr. Smith who, together with his wife Marion, died in an air accident just two months ago.
In total, the Allied Telesyn New Zealand Hi Tech Awards recognised eight Award Winners, plus joint recipients of both the Flying Kiwi Hall of Fame and the Adilam Young Achiever Award.
Sir Woolf Fisher and Maurice Paykel became the first joint inductees into the Flying Kiwi Hall of Fame, and were posthumously recognised for their outstanding leadership and innovation in the appliance industry.
Michael Moyle of Allied Telesyn and Mason Pratt of Provoke Solutions jointly received the Adilam Young Achiever Award.
Electronics News is an official media partner of the Hi-Tech Awards.