The Industry Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in business and training. A joint collaboration of HITO, Kitomba and the NZARH, the Industry Awards are a highlight feature on the industry calendar.

HITO Training Awards

Open to HITO apprentices, trainers, tutors, and businesses. The awards celebrate commitment to training and qualifications.

Kitomba NZARH Business Awards

An opportunity to celebrate individual and team success (and creativity) in business, to focus on goals and to motivate teams.


HITO Apprentice of the Year 2017: Meet Liana

Meet Liana King-Biddulph, HITO Apprentice of the Year, NZARH Hairstylist of the Year – Next Generation, and WorldSkills gold medalist. “For as long as I can remember I’ve had an unshakable passion for hairdressing,” Liana says. “I adore people, being creative, and making others feel wonderful. There wasn’t ever one moment where I fell into…


Get ready for the Industry Awards

Whether you’ve attended the Industry Awards before or 2016 is your first time, check out our top tips for getting ready for the Industry Awards.   Where and when This year the Industry Awards are on November 13 at beautiful The Langham Hotel in Auckland. Doors open at 6pm, and the first finalists will be…


HITO Regional Apprentice of the Year winners 2016

HITO is excited to announce the 2016 HITO Regional Apprentice of the Year winners. Thank you to everyone that entered this year. The applications were incredible, and the judges had a difficult time picking the finalists and winners for each region. You should all be very proud of what you’ve achieved. HITO Training Awards judge…


HITO Training Awards finalists 2016

HITO is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2016 HITO Training Awards. After two tough days of judging, HITO judges Lyndsay Loveridge and Janine Simons narrowed the applications down to just 35 finalists in 5 categories. The quality of this year’s applications was extremely high, and picking the finalists was a difficult decision to…


Put your best foot forward

Every year, we get questions about creating Industry Awards applications. What should I include? What should my application look like? What did the winners’ applications include last year? Below are our top tips for entering the Industry Awards. The entry requirements are a bit different, depending on what award you enter, so we’ve divided this…


Celebrate at the Langham

The Industry Awards celebrate the best in barbering, beauty, and hairdressing. The awards evening is a fantastic night of fabulous entertainment, delicious food, and exciting celebrations. We’re excited to announce that this year’s Industry Awards are at the glamorous Langham Hotel in Auckland. The awards evening will take place in the chandelier-clad events center. Located in…


Kitomba NZARH Business Award Winners

Wanganui salon, Protégé Hair, was announced as the 2015 New Zealand Salon of the Year at the Kitomba and New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH) Business Awards. Named as a finalist in an impressive five categories, it’s no surprise Protégé Hair are the New Zealand Salon of the Year. They also went home as…


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