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Publication date: 15 Aug 2023

Winners Announced for 2023 NZ CIO Summit Awards


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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 15 August 2023 – IDC and Brightstar announced the 2023 CIO Awards winners during a gala dinner at Spark Arena in Auckland 15th August 2023. The awards recognise individuals, teams and community groups that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in showcasing the power of technology as an agent for transformation. Each has played an important role in continuing to promote Aotearoa's digital economy, removing roadblocks to digital equity, and cultivating the future of ICT talent.

Thank you to CompTIA, 2degrees, ClearPoint, Juniper Networks, Younity, Sharp and Workday, for supporting the 2023 New Zealand CIO Awards, and Spark Business Group for supporting the CIO Awards Gala Dinner.

Highlights include:

Angela Nash was named CIO of the year for her role as Chief Information & Technology Officer, New Zealand Rugby Commercial.

Vaughan Fergusson, founder of high growth NZ tech company Vend, co-founder of the Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust and the Institute of Awesome, was recognised with the Outstanding Contribution to Technology and Business in New Zealand Award.

Winners were announced in seven categories:


New Zealand CIO of the Year 2023 – Sponsored by CompTIA

WINNER: Angela Nash, Chief Information & Technology Officer, New Zealand Rugby Commercial.


  • Sean Bishop, Chief Digital Officer, Chapman Tripp
  • Miles Fordyce, Chief Digital Officer, Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ)
  • Michael Oulsnam, Chief Digital Officer, University of Canterbury

2023 Outstanding Contribution to Technology and Business in New Zealand - Sponsored by Sharp

Recipient – Vaughan Fergusson

Emerging ICT Leader of the Year – Sponsored by 2degrees

WINNER: Alex Corkin, Datacom


• Farhein Akmal, Ministry of Health

• Tom Caunce, University of Canterbury

Business Transformation through Digital and IT – Sponsored by ClearPoint

WINNER: Auckland Council


• Fisher & Paykel Appliances

• ProCare Network Limited

• The Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ)

Community Tech Champions – Sponsored by Workday

WINNER: Te Aka Toitū Trust


• Manaiakalani Education Trust

• Te Kei o Te Waka Tainui

• University of Canterbury

Best ICT Team Culture and Inclusion – Sponsored by Juniper Networks

WINNER: Southern Cross Travel Insurance


• Corys Electrical

• Fisher & Paykel Appliances

Sustainability through Technology – Sponsored by Younity

WINNER: Christchurch City Council


  • One New Zealand
  • Quadrent

Louise Francis, Country Manager of IDC New Zealand, commended the winners and finalists for their outstanding achievements and commitment to promoting the role of technology in Aotearoa. “This year’s winners and finalists have demonstrated the truly transformative role technology can have across organisations and communities. Instead of accepting the status quo that change is too hard or complicated, each one has thrived through disruption, creating meaningful and impactful outcomes beyond the virtual walls of the organisation. With the extraordinary talent and aspirations of these digital leaders we have celebrated tonight, the path to equitable digital excellence in Aotearoa is well lit for those who follow in their footsteps.”

More about the Awards can be found at

For more information on this event, contact Sharlitte Cordero at For media inquiries, contact Michael de la Cruz at   or Miguel Carreon at

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