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 anyone who is involved with HITO including apprentices, businesses who train  trainees, and tutors. 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.


Hair and beauty celebrate success at the 2016 Industry Awards

Barbers, beauty therapists, and hairdressers came together to celebrate at the 2016 Industry Awards on Sunday night. Christchurch salon True Grit won the 2016 Kitomba NZARHSalon of the Year. Owner Jacqui Victor celebrated with her team as they took out the most prestigious national hairdressing award. They also collected another three awards, Grand Salon of…


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…


History of the Industry Awards

2016 is the sixth year HITO, Kitomba, and NZARH have come together to celebrate the Industry Awards. Each year is bigger and better than the last, with more awards, fantastic venues, and exciting entertainment. But the Industry Awards weren’t always this glamorous. We’ve scoured the archives to bring you some of the best bits of…


2016 Kitomba NZARH Business Award Finalists!

Kitomba and NZARH are very excited to announce the finalists for the 2016 Business Awards! The Kitomba NZARH Business Awards were created to recognise and reward success and excellence in business. We can’t wait to celebrate everyone’s achievements alongside the HITO Training Awards at the annual Industry Awards event at The Langham Hotel in Auckland on Sunday…


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…


HITO Annual Awards winners announced

Wellington’s Te Papa Museum came alive on Sunday night as barbers, beauty therapists, and hairdressers gathered for the 2015 Industry Awards. Guests enjoyed the celebration, along with a three course meal and entertainment. The Industry Awards also featured two incredible hair fashion shows, one of which featured work by designer Sophie Voon. The hair was…


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