2022 Innovation & Green
Excellence Awards


Unfortunately, entries for this year have now closed. Entries for next year’s awards will open in January 2023.

See the 2021 Innovation Excellence Award Winners

About the Innovation Excellence Awards

Every year, institutions submit their product or service innovations from within the past year for consideration.
The judging panel then assesses innovation submissions based on a sophisticated ratings methodology unique to Canstar.
Canstar’s Innovation Excellence Award winners represent a select group of innovative products within the financial services industry that have been reviewed, assessed and deemed to be award winners.

Introducing the Green Excellence Awards

The Green Excellence Awards recognise products, services and initiatives that empower consumers to make sustainable choices across categories including banking, insurance, KiwiSaver and utilities.

2022 Award Key Dates

Unfortunately, entries for this year have now closed. Entries for next year’s awards will open in January 2023.

How to apply

Simply download the submission form below and complete all fields.

Return the completed submission form by email to updates@canstar.com.au with the subject line Canstar {Innovation/Green} Award {Insert Product/Service Name} by the close date.

Download the Innovation Excellence submission form here

Download the Green 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 updates@canstar.com.au.

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