Despite the interruptions, uncertainty, and increased workload Covid-19 has caused the bookkeeping industry in the last 15 months, we have been delighted with the number of award entries received – nearly 60 applications across the award categories.

The purpose of the ICNZB Excellence Awards is to celebrate amazing bookkeeper feats. They highlight the important role bookkeeping and software providers, play in the New Zealand business environment - from large corporate entities, to SME's to not-for-profit organiations.  

This years entries were of a high calibre and demonstrated the significant and positive impact nominees have had on not only their clients, but also their peers. The judges had a difficult task given the remarkable range of successful projects, inspiring people and great partnerships they were considering.

Our finalists, in particular, have demonstrated an incredible range of bookkeeping in Aotearoa, ranging in scale from those offering only traditional bookkeeping services, to those who have been providing additional value add services to their offerings.  The impact of Covid-19 was clearly evident as bookkeepers have shown themselves to be adapting and developing more non-traditional services for their clients.  The Excellence Awards are a perfect platform to demonstrate how they are pushing the boundaries and delivering value to the back bone of business.

This year’s lineup of awards sees the inclusion of two new awards - Bookkeeping Software Partner of the Year and Bookkeeping Payroll Software Partner of the Year.  These awards were introduced to recognise the software providers who offer valuable products and services which support the bookkeeping community in New Zealand.  The winner of these awards is voted by members of ICNZB.  

We are pleased to announced the 2021 Excellence Award finalists as follows:

Certified Bookkeeper of the Year:
  • Jessica Millar
  • Amie Lorenzen
  • Haley Wilson
Bookkeeping Business of the Year:
Bookkeeping Trainer of the Year – Gayle Buchanan Memorial Trophy:
  • Leaine Jones
  • Rosey Tecklenburg
Bookkeeping Community Contributor of the Year:
  • Samantha Bell
  • Janice Hughes
Emerging Bookkeeper of the Year:
  • Leah Keown
  • Carly Coxon
Sustainable Business Award:
Bookkeeper in a Small Practice:
  • Leah Keown
  • Jessica Millar
  • Leaine Jones
Service to Bookkeeping Award:
  • Tara McGown
  • Julie Russell
  • Stephanie Crawford
Bookkeeping Software Partner of the Year:
Payroll Software Partner of the Year:

Winners will be announced at the annual Awards and Gala Dinner on Saturday, 30 July 2021 at the Millennium Hotel in Rotorua.  Event tickets are available for purchase through our website here >

Congratulations to all those who entered the awards, and our finalists.