13-14 NOVEMBER 2023 | Aotea Centre AUCKLAND

IIA NZ Awards 2023

The IIA NZ recognises the achievements of Internal Audit professionals and those who champion our work each year. 

Awards judging panel includes: Tania Charles – Past Recipient, David Turner – RISK NZ CEO, Grace Nunn – IIA NZ Board Member

20 November 2023

The IIA NZ Annual Awards 2023, held last week, illuminated dedication and success across various industries, underscoring the vibrancy of New Zealand's Internal Auditing professional landscape. Let's pay tribute to the accomplishments of individuals who have left a lasting impact in this profession.

In a noteworthy addition this year, IIA NZ introduced the Tenure Pin Award category, aimed at expressing gratitude to members for their long-standing commitment and loyalty. This award recognises your unwavering dedication to the Institute of Internal Auditors New Zealand Inc. and your exceptional contributions to the field of internal auditing over the years. These accolades are bestowed upon those individuals whose membership anniversary, as of 2023, extends in increments of five years, culminating in the remarkable milestone of 40 years. Whether attending the conference in person or online, this prestigious event provides a unique platform to share this significant milestone with peers and colleagues in the internal audit community.

  • Ian Cowley | 25 years | Waikato
  • Jade Collins | 15 years | Auckland
  • Linda Chambers | 15 years | Wellington
  • Reema Rana | 10 years | Auckland
  • Roopal Patel | 5 years | Wellington
  • Sarah Pass | 5 years | Auckland
  • Ashdin Dubash | 5 years | Auckland
  • Erin Dyson | 5 years | Wellington
  • Ashneel Singh | 5 years | Auckland
  • Lisle Clements | 5 years | Auckland
  • Maika Saulala Haupeakui | 5 years | Tongatapu
  • Jana Connoway | 5 years | Bay of Plenty
  • Orla Kennedy | 5 years | Wellington
  • Ginger Lei Makaui | 5 years | Tongatapu
  • Sisilia Mohulamu Moala Finau | 5 years | Tongatapu
  • Adele Whittal | 5 years | Wellington

This year, we were honoured for the IIA NZ Awards Judging Panel to comprise of the following individuals: Tania Charles, a Past Award Recipient; David Turner, RISK NZ CEO; and Grace Nunn, an IIA NZ Board Member.

The judges observed that the exceptionally high quality of the Award applications made the decision-making process challenging this year. Nevertheless, it also underscored the transformative evolution of the profession. Those individuals who stood out demonstrated enthusiasm, dedication, and leadership qualities, reflecting the dynamic changes within the field.

  • IIA NZ Emerging Internal Auditor of the Year 2023: Louis Manickam
  • IIA NZ Team Excellence of the Year 2023: Ryman Healthcare
  • Best Contribution to the Internal Audit Profession in New Zealand 2023: Sonya Healy

The concluding segment of the Awards ceremony is dedicated to honouring individuals contending for two esteemed awards that commend those who have devoted substantial time and unwavering commitment to the Institute. This year, the inaugural honour is conferred upon an individual to be recognised as a Fellow Member, expressing our heartfelt appreciation for their commendable service rendered to The Institute. The ultimate and concluding award acknowledges a Life Member, honouring individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Internal Auditing in New Zealand. It expresses gratitude for their outstanding loyalty, noteworthy contributions, and unwavering dedication to the Institute of Internal Auditors New Zealand Inc.

  • IIA NZ Fellow Member 2023: Shaun Dowers
  • IIA NZ Life Member 2023: Brian Robb

Here's to the winners who inspire us all – congratulations to all for a fantastic afternoon of Internal Auditing profession brilliance!

Let's continue in elevating and commemorating this extraordinary profession that plays a crucial role in the tapestry of New Zealand's flourishing economy through internal auditing expertise.



Categories:

Internal Auditor of the Year: 

Our supreme award for individuals in the Internal Auditing Profession

Award Prize: This award will be presented at the IIA NZ Conference 2023. The award recipient will receive: 

  • An award engraved with the recipient’s name.
  • Complimentary registration to the IIA NZ National Conference in 2024.

Emerging Internal Auditor of the Year: 

Recognising a new Internal Auditing Professional

Award Prize: This award will be presented at the IIA NZ Conference 2023. The award recipient will receive:

  • An award engraved with the recipient’s name.
  • Complimentary registration to the IIA NZ National Conference in 2024.

Team Excellence in Internal Auditing: 

Team contribution to Internal Auditing

Award Prize: This award will be presented at the IIA NZ Conference 2023. The award recipient will receive:

  • An award engraved with the teams’ name.
  • $500.00 restaurant voucher.

Best Contribution to the Profession in NZ: 

Enhancing the Profession in NZ (IIA NZ Board only nomination)

Award Prize: This award will be presented at the IIA NZ Conference 2023. The award recipient will receive:

  • An award engraved with the recipient’s name.
  • Complimentary registration to the IIA NZ National Conference in 2024.
  • $250.00 restaurant voucher.

Richard Ratliff Award: 

Promoting Internal Audit at a National level

Award Prize: This award will be presented at the IIA NZ Conference 2023. The award recipient will receive:

  • An award engraved with the recipient’s name.
  • Complimentary registration to the IIA NZ National Conference in 2024.


IIA NZ Life and Fellow Awards

The IIA NZ Life Member and Fellow Member awards hold a special place in our hearts as we take a moment to honour those exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to our organisation. These prestigious awards recognize the dedication, commitment, and outstanding achievements of individuals who have gone above and beyond in advancing the field of internal auditing. 

Through their unwavering support and expertise, these awardees have enriched the profession, inspired their peers, and left a lasting impact on the industry. As we gather to celebrate their accomplishments, we express our gratitude for their exceptional service and commitment to excellence. 

Their remarkable contributions have paved the way for the advancement of internal auditing, and we are proud to acknowledge and celebrate these esteemed members who have made a profound difference in the world of internal audit. Congratulations to our past Life Members and Fellow Members, your legacy will continue to inspire and shape the future of our profession.


Fellow Member Award

The classification FELLOW of The Institute may be awarded by the Board to those who hold the classification of Member who have performed meritorious service to The Institute. 

Nominations are to be made in writing to the Secretariat for submission to the Membership Committee who will make recommendations to the Board at its next meeting and are subject to the following criteria:

  1. The award of Fellow will be limited to 15% of total membership of The Institute.
  2. Nomination by any five [5] members of The Institute.
  3. The award is subject to approval by all members of the Board present at a duly constituted meeting.
  4. The award carries the designation of FIIA (NZ) and such designation will be lost if membership of The Institute is not maintained.

Life Member Award

The classification of LIFE MEMBER may be awarded by the Board to Honorary Fellows, Fellows, Associates, Members, Educational Members or Retired Members, who have contributed significantly to the cause of Internal Auditing in New Zealand, subject to the following criteria:

  1. The award will be limited to 5% of total membership of The Institute.
  2. Life Members retain any designation that they held prior to the award of Life Membership.
  3. The award is subject to approval by all members of the Board present at a duly constituted meeting. Nominations are to be made in writing to the Secretariat for submission to the Board at its next meeting.

Theme: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

The “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” theme for the IIA NZ Conference 2023 challenges internal auditors to reflect on their past successes while embracing the need for innovation and adaptation in an everchanging business landscape. The conference theme serves as a powerful reminder that traditional methods and strategies that have led to success in the past may no longer be sufficient to navigate the complexities of the present and the future. 

During this thought-provoking conference, attendees will explore how the role of internal auditors has evolved over time and how they must evolve with it. Speakers will share inspiring stories of organisations and professionals who have recognised the importance of continuous improvement and embraced transformative approaches to internal audit processes.

Participants will gain valuable insights into emerging trends and technologies shaping the internal audit profession. Workshops and interactive sessions will encourage attendees to challenge the status quo, identify opportunities for growth, and enhance their internal audit practices to drive maximum value for their organisations.

The “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” IIA NZ Conference 2023 theme is a call to action, urging internal auditors to be proactive change agents. By embracing innovation, adopting new methodologies, and enhancing their skillsets, internal auditors will be better equipped to lead their organisations through uncertainty and towards sustainable success.


Speakers & Sessions


Dr Michelle Dickinson

Tony Alexander

Hon. Simon Bridges

Dan Te Whenua Walker


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