Reseller News WIICTA - Winners Announced

Winners: Reseller News congratulates all winners and finalists and thanks all organisations and individuals for taking the time to submit nominations. View the winners HERE.

Nominations: Ran until Monday, May 20. 

Important Note: Selection criteria are provided with each award to facilitate your submission. We only accept one nomination per individual or company for every award. Nominations across multiple awards are allowed. Nominee must be working in a vendor, distributor or partner organisation and be based in New Zealand.

The winners of the six award categories were announced on Tuesday, June 18 at a Celebration Lunch at the Hilton Auckland.


The Achievement award recognises the candidate showing outstanding commitment to the ICT industry through continuous career development and professional achievements. The candidate will have risen to a senior ICT role, earned a reputation as an esteemed thought-leader and is recognised as a leader in the industry, and may also act as a role model/mentor to other aspiring female managers.


  • Cherie Roache, Computer Concepts Limited
  • Leanne Buer, Cisco

Rising Star (under 8 years in ICT)

The Rising Star award recognises candidates with less than 8 years in the ICT industry who demonstrate their commitment to continuous career advancement and a proven desire to reach the next level of professional development. The candidate is growing quickly in importance in the ICT field, demonstrating outstanding business acumen and professional integrity.


  • Pip Simeon, Microsoft
  • Shavvah Aldred, Umbrellar

Shining Star (8 years or more in ICT)

The Shining Star award recognises candidates with 8 years or more in ICT. The successful candidate will have shown noted achievements in the ICT industry, demonstrated areas of success (either through promotion or successful project/company initiatives), and highlighted significant achievements.


  • Angela Cunneen, Dell Technologies


The Entrepreneur award recognises the candidate who has achieved outstanding results in the ICT industry and is an enterprising individual who has achieved success through risk-taking and proven initiative, often challenging the status quo in business in order to set up new ventures, products or new services.


  • Laura Bell, SafeStack


The Technical award recognises the candidate who has excelled in the technical and engineering segment of the ICT industry, demonstrating a proven depth of knowledge and abilities. The candidate will demonstrate excellence in problem-solving and decision-making skills, and an exemplary level of accomplishment in job performance.


  • Tessa Davis, VMware


The Community award recognises the candidate with exemplary service to the ICT sector, through initiatives and efforts to foster positive diversity outcomes. The candidate will be actively making a difference by working towards the advancement of gender and general diversity in ICT and going above and beyond to give back to the community.


  • Sandra Jackson, Westcon-Comstor


The Innovation award recognises the candidate who is a stand-out in delivering ‘big picture’ ideas and vision in the ICT industry, thereby responding to change and discovering unique and exciting business opportunities. The candidate will show a proven track record of finding new and better ways of doing business, continually pushing the envelope.

There were no finalists in the Innovation category for the 2019 WIICTA.