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Entries close: Monday, 1 November 2021
Payment of entry fees due: Monday, 1 November 2021
Finalist announcement: Sunday, 7 November 2021
Event date: Sunday, 20 February 2022

The Industry Awards event has been postponed until February, 2022. The Industry Awards team believe it’s important to deliver an event that is safe and inclusive for all entrants, sponsors, judges and supporters, and we feel that due to the current Covid-19 situation, postponing the event is the best solution.

We look forward to celebrating together in February!

The Industry Awards recognise the best business, training and creative talent in New Zealand’s hair, beauty and barbering industries.

Brought to you by Kitomba Salon & Spa Software, Hair & Barber New Zealand (formerly NZARH) and the NZ Hair, Beauty and Barbering Industry Training Organisation (HITO), these coveted awards celebrate both individual and team success.

With awards for business success, exceptional training, great workplaces, HITO apprentices and creative styling; there’s a category for every hairdresser, barber or beauty therapist to enter.

How to enter

Entering is easy, just follow these steps:

    1. Get ready

      Check out the award categories and download the entry forms for each category you’d like to enter. Read through the entry forms to learn about entry requirements and judging criteria so you can get to work on creating an award winning entry!

    2. Enter

      Send in your entries along with your completed entry forms. Entries must be received by 1 November 2021. 

    3. Pay

      Pay your entry fees by 1 November 2021. Click here to pay online.

      • Students and HITO apprentices: No entry fee
      • Stylists or barbers entering one award category: $99+GST per entrant
      • Stylists or barbers entering multiple award categories: $199+GST per entrant
      • Businesses entering one award category open to business entrants (such as Salon of the Year or Workplace of the Year): $149+GST
      • Businesses entering multiple award categories open to business entrants: $249+GST

      Contact us at info@industryawards.co.nz if you need an alternative payment arrangement.

    4. Party!

      Join us at The Industry Awards celebration on 20 February 2022 in Auckland. More information about the event and ticket sales will be released soon.

Important dates

May 10

Entries open.

1 November

Entries close.

7 November

Finalists announced.

20 February

Winners announced at The Industry Awards event in Auckland.

The Industry Awards are brought to you by

Kitomba has helped salons, spas and clinics achieve success since 2002. We want your business to achieve great things. That’s why Kitomba offers so much more than just exceptional salon and spa management software. Kitomba has all the features you need, along with the unbeatable service and support you want.

HITO is the Industry Training Organisation for Hairdressing, Barbering and Beauty Therapy. We develop and support HITO apprenticeship and on-job training qualifications for career and business success. As the government-appointed standard setting body, we work with our industries and NZQA to develop qualifications. Our vision is for 100% of people in our industries to be 100% New Zealand qualified.

Hair & Barber New Zealand, formerly known as The New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH) is a national organization representing hairdressers and barbers. It is run 'by hairdressers and barbers for hairdressers and barbers' to maintain and grow hair industry standards. NZARH is the only organisation in New Zealand that represents the needs of hairdressers and barbers in business today. All of NZARH's members have professional, qualified staff to meet New Zealand's highest hairdressing standards.


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