Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards 2020

Microsoft hosted their 13th annual Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards at the Auckland Town Hall last Friday 27th November 2020, with fire twirlers, twinkly lights and special guest Hilary Barry as MC.

It was a huge honour for Enlighten Designs to receive the Microsoft New Zealand Partner of the Year Award as part of the ceremony and celebrate our achievement, as well as the achievements of other local partners.

It was also a widely acknowledged privilege to be able to celebrate in person, in a year where we’ve all become accustomed to working from home and so much of the globe is still having to cancel in-person events and celebrate milestones in isolation.


As well as the Partner of the Year announcement, there were 10 winners in other categories on the night praised by Microsoft for “the outstanding ways they are continuing to empower customers through clever use of Microsoft technology.” 

Winners included Datacom, Fusion 5, Dicker Data, Equinox IT, Interactive, Rocos, Spark, Tasman District Council, Valocity and Zespri.

Datacom and Fusion 5 both walked away with multiple awards. Fusion 5 was awarded the Business Applications and Transforming Products Awards, and Datacom took home the Cloud for Good and Azure Migrate awards.

Enlighten Designs was a finalist in the Transforming Products category for our work with Collective Upside (previously Hey Mama Movement), a wellness technology that makes home workouts fun and motivational, creates accountability and helps build positive and lasting habits for women.

We were also finalists in the Cloud for Good category for the work we’ve been doing with Our Power, a fully automated power retailer committed to delivering simple, cheap power to the community to fulfil the vision to end energy hardship in the Waikato.



Other award winners from the night included:

Azure Innovate Award

Winner: Equinox IT – Fulton Hogan

Azure Migrate Award

Winner: Datacom – Financial Markets Authority

Highly Commended: LANcom Technology – MMC

Highly Commended:  The Instillery – Watercare

Business Applications Award

Winner: Fusion5 – Higher Education Centre of Excellence

Channel Development Award

Winner: Dicker Data – Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution Provider Growth

Cloud for Good Award

Winner: Datacom – Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara. 

Highly Commended: Softsource – Youth Horizons

Empowering Employees Award

Winner: Information Leadership – Tasman District Council

Engaging Customers Award

Winner: NV Interactive – Te Puni Kōkiri

ISV Partner Award

Winner: Valocity – Valocity Connect

Highly Commended: Theta – EVA Check-in

Modern Work & Security Award

Winner: DEFEND – Zespri

Highly Commended:  Vodafone New Zealand Limited – Bank of New Zealand

Highly Commended:  UNiFY NZ Limited – Ministry of Education

Highly Commended:  Lexel Systems Ltd – Alliance Group

Optimising Operations Award

Winner: Rocos – Robot Operations Platform

Surface Partner Award

Winner: Spark New Zealand – Kāinga Ora

Transforming Products Award

Winner: Fusion5 – Manawanui

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