Identifying outstanding products, services, providers and brands is Canstar Blue’s bread and butter. Letting consumers know about the ones that are truly innovative is the icing on our cake! Canstar Blue’s Innovation Excellence Awards recognise products, services and initiatives that our experts believe are game-changing breakthroughs that improve the everyday lives of customers.

About the Innovation Excellence Awards

Institutions submit their product or service innovations from within the past year for consideration.

The judging panel then assesses innovation submissions based on a sophisticated ratings methodology unique to Canstar Blue.

The Innovation Excellence Award winners represent a select group of recent innovations within the telecommunications and energy industries that have been reviewed,
assessed and deemed to be award winners.


How to apply for our 2024 Awards

Simply download the submission form below and complete all fields.

Return the completed submission form by email to with this subject line format: Innovation Award [Submission Name] by the close date.

Download the Innovation Excellence submission form here

Submit your entry here

If you have any questions or enquiries about the submission process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at

How to impress the judges

When assessing innovations, our judges look for the following qualities:

  • The impact the innovation will have on improving or affecting a consumer’s day-to-day life
  • How the innovation stands out from products already available in the NZ market
  • What gives the innovation wow factor
  • If the innovation is accessible, easy to understand and/or affordable?

What types of products are evaluated for the Innovation Excellence Awards

  • Phone plans
  • Broadband products
  • Energy products
  • Renewable energy

2023 Innovation Excellence Award winners