The 2024 Innovation Excellence Awards

Submissions are now open for the 2024 awards and will close between late January and February 2024.

Stay tuned for the official dates or contact to get on the mailing list.

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About the Innovation Excellence Awards

We invite institutions in the financial services industry to submit their product or service innovations brought to market within the past 12 months for consideration for the Canstar Innovation Excellence Awards.

The judging panel will assess Innovation Excellence Awards submissions according to a sophisticated ratings methodology that’s unique to Canstar.

The Innovation Excellence Awards winners represent a select group of institutions in the financial services industry with products or services that have been reviewed, assessed and deemed to be innovative according to this methodology.

How to apply for our 2024 Awards

Simply download the submission form below and complete all fields.

Return the completed submission form by email to with the subject line format Innovation Award [Submission Name] by the close date.

Download the Innovation Excellence submission form here

Submit your entry here

If you have any questions or enquiries about the submission process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at

We receive innovations from a range of categories across financial services

Consumer lending

Everyday banking

General insurance

Home loans

Life insurance


Wealth and investing

Payment solutions

Digital solution

Customer experience

Business banking

Social initiative



Innovation Excellence Awards frequently asked questions

How to impress the judges

When assessing innovations, our judges look for the following qualities:

  • The impact the innovation will have on improving or affecting a consumer’s day-to-day life
  • How the innovation stands out from products already available in the NZ market
  • What gives the innovation wow factor
  • If the innovation is accessible, easy to understand and/or affordable?

What types of products are evaluated for the Innovation Excellence Awards

  • Payment technology
  • Wealth products
  • Lending products
  • Business banking products and services
  • Investing services and apps
  • Deposit accounts
  • General insurance products and services
  • Community and social initiatives

2023 Innovation Excellence Award winners

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Tower Car Insurance