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About The Awards A Celebration of Resilience in Business

Running since 2014, the Stella Awards celebrate the success of business teams across the Taupō District, honouring those who have rebounded beautifully as well those who are still overcoming every challenge.

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Join the Stella Awards and Shine!

The Stella Awards provide an incredible opportunity for businesses to strengthen teams, celebrate success in the face of adversity and gain recognition for those efforts. Unlike other awards programmes, the focus is on people rather than financial results or business planning.

There are categories for a range of business attributes.  Whether you create an outstanding customer experience, display exceptional team work, are passionate about the environment, support local charities, have a depth of resilience rarely seen in business or have a legendary digital presence, the Stella Awards are for you!

Entry is easy and the process fills teams with a sense of pride for their achievements.  The big rewards comes when all finalists are given the chance to shine at the Awards Celebration Evening in front of the Taupō business community.

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Get Involved! How to Enter the Awards

Pick a Category

Take a look through the categories and select the ones that describe your business.

See The Award Categories

Fill out the Form

Fill out the entry form, answering all the questions to get into the running.

Enter The Awards

Participate in Events

Join our workshops to get inspired and learn more about strengthening business.

Check out the latest events

Save the Dates! Events Timeline

Get your calendars marked with the upcoming events you’ll want to get involved in.

29 May 2024

Stella Awards Launch Event

This year’s awards are back with a bang!

Learn more and RSVP

30 May 2024

Entries Open

25 June 2024

Sustainability Workshop

Steve Dixon presents an interactive session on sustainability in the New Zealand landscape.  Brought to you by Strettons and co-hosted by Amplify and Taupō Business Chamber.

Learn more and RSVP

05 August 2024

Entries Close

21 August 2024

Finalists Announced

27 September 2024

Awards Celebration Evening

Ready to Participate? Enter the Awards!

Get ready to deep dive into your business and enter today!

"The team at Towncentre Taupō is proud to bring you, for the 5th time over the last 10 years, the Stella Awards! It's our way to say congratulations for all the big achievements, the small wins and the obstacles overcome. Enter the awards, join us for this celebration and let's have some fun!"

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Towncentre Taupō

Not 100% sure about a few things? Application FAQs

Do I need to register my interest first before entering the competition?

No, but you can if you want to.  We use the registration of interest to get a gauge on how many businesses to expect.

Do I need to own a business in order to enter the competition?

Not at all.  There are two categories specifically for non-owners: Team Titan and Customer Service Maestro!

Can I save my answers and come back to my application later?

Yes, you can!  But if you’re a nervous nelly like us, feel free to type everything out in Word, and then copy and paste it in when you’re all set to submit.

What type of information are the judges looking for?

The judges love specific, tangible and engaging information.  Use stories, anecdotes, statistics and personal experiences to showcase both the impact, and the human element, of what you do so well.

Is attending the workshops mandatory in order to enter the awards?

No, it isn’t.  But the judges will be looking for that x-factor when determining finalists and if you are putting your best foot forward in this way, it could give you a leg up on the competition.

Is it OK to use a large language model like Chat GPT to create my answers?

You can, but should you?  In our opinion, you could use artificial intelligence to provide guidance for how to answer.  But remember, ChatGPT doesn’t know your company like you do.  There is no substitute for your own authentic, specific, passionate answers to your company’s most important questions.

Missing something? Get in touch.

Julie and the Towncentre Taupo team are ready to answer all your questions about the awards process.

[email protected]

021 415 231

The Hub, Level 1, 32 Roberts Street, Taupo


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