New Zealand Food Awards are intended as a celebration of innovation and excellence in the New Zealand food and beverage industry. The Awards will be conducted in an impartial manner by judges selected by the New Zealand Food Awards Governance Board.

The following terms and conditions apply to all entrants submitting products in the 2019 New Zealand Food Awards.


Product: A unique food item that is entered into The Awards.

Variant: A version of a Product that exhibits only slight differences – e.g. product size or flavour.

New Zealand Food Awards Team: The Massey University Corporate Events team employed by Massey University to manage and run the New Zealand Food Awards and other corporate events.

Unique Entry: A single entry for one Product, which one entry fee is paid that is eligible to be put forward for entry into up to three categories.


  1. Products must be manufactured in New Zealand.

  2. Unless agreed otherwise in writing prior to 1 May 2019 by New Zealand Food Awards Team, Products or Variants cannot have been previously entered into any New Zealand Food Awards competition.

  3. Products must be commercially available in the New Zealand market place (e.g. retail outlet, on-line, farmers market etc, at the time of judging). If there are any doubts, the New Zealand Food Awards Team reserve the right to require evidence and/or refuse entry into the competition.

  4. The Product, its packaging and associated advertising (including official website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram etc) must meet the requirements of all relevant New Zealand legislation (including the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code; Food Act 2014; Wine Act 2003; Animal Products Act 1999; and Fair Trading Act 1986).

  5. All Products/Variants entered must be food products, i.e. a product that is used or capable of being used for human consumption (whether raw, prepared or partly prepared).

  6. Products must be new or relatively new to the market, the date the first unit sale in New Zealand must have occurred within the last three years from the date of entry into the competition.


  7. Entry forms must be accurate and complete, failure to complete the form correctly may disqualify the entrant.

  8. Entry forms and payment must be submitted online between 12.01am 1 May 2019 and 11.59pm 31 May 2019. Early or late entries will not be accepted.

  9. Each Product or Variant may be entered into a maximum of three categories.

  10. All completed entries will become the property of Massey University.

  11. You may enter multiple Variants of the same Product, however each Variant requires a separate entry. Each Variant of a Product is a Unique Entry.

    Fee and payment terms

  12. Each Unique Entry must be accompanied by the entry fee of $130.00 (exclusive of GST).

  13. Payment must be made via credit card through the secure online portal at www.foodawards.co.nz – please contact nzfoodawards@massey.ac.nz if there are any issues.

  14. If payment is not received by 11.59pm on Friday 31 May, without any prior communication to New Zealand Food Awards Team, that entry will not be valid.

    Product samples

  15. All valid entrants into the competition will receive an email from the New Zealand Food Awards Team with clear instructions on the process to be followed in order to get the Products/Variants judged. Entrants must present the Product/Variant for judging according to the specifications set out in the email from the New Zealand Awards Team, otherwise the entry may be removed from the competition. All Products/Variants must be submitted for judging by no later than 5.00pm Friday 5 July 2019.

  16. It is the responsibility of the entrants to ensure the prompt delivery of all Products/Variants for judging and to ensure the integrity of the Products/Variants.

  17. Products/Variants must not be submitted for judging until entrant information, including labeling instructions, have been received by email.

  18. Massey University will not accept responsibility for Products/Variants which are not delivered correctly.

  19. Products/Variants received after stated time frames will not be judged – see refunds clause.

  20. Finalists and winners may be asked to provide further samples for use in publicity purposes.

    Category rules

  21. In case of dispute, the Head Judge will have the final decision on which category a Product/Variant falls under. The New Zealand Food Awards Team will seek to communicate with entrants, and resolve uncertainty prior to deferring to the Head Judge.

  22. Specific Category Criteria will be published on the New Zealand Food Awards website.


  23. Judges reserve the right to purchase other Products/Variants supplies if they believe the Product/Variant supplied is not representative of Products/Variants sold to the New Zealand market.

  24. The decision of judges in relation to any aspect of the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  25. Massey University and all New Zealand Food Awards sponsors may use the Product/Variant information supplied for advertising, promotional and marketing purposes.

  26. In entering this competition entrants confirm there is no actual or perceived conflict of interest in doing so. If an actual or perceived conflict of interest exists, entrants must disclose it to the New Zealand Food Awards Team.

  27. By entering this competition, you agree that if you are a finalist or a winner, you consent that your name, likeness, image or video can be used by Massey University and/or the New Zealand Food Awards Team for publicity or marketing purposes.

  28. Massey University will collect, store use and disclose the information entrants provide for the purpose of administering this competition in accordance with the provisions of these terms and conditions, the Privacy Act 1993, the Public Records Act 2005 and other laws regulations. Entrants have the right to access and request correction of the information held by Massey University.

  29. By entering the competition entrants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions and to have agreed to be bound by them.


  30. Entry fees are non-refundable however if you feel that you need to speak with one of the New Zealand Food Awards Team regarding this please contact nzfoodawards@massey.ac.nz

  31. If entrants are disqualified from the competition, the New Zealand Food Awards Team may hold their fee until the following year upon written appeal to nzfoodawards@massey.ac.nz while the entrant has time to amend issues that may have caused disqualification. This is at the discretion of the New Zealand Food Awards Team and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    Use of New Zealand Food Awards quality mark

  32. The New Zealand Food Awards quality mark is available only to finalists and winners and will be provided in digital format by the New Zealand Food Awards Team.

  33. Costs to reproduce the quality marks will be at the expense of the holder (not New Zealand Food Awards).

  34. Award finalists and winners agree to adhere to the quality mark terms and conditions of use which will be provided with the quality mark.


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