Nominations Open! 2021 People’s Choice Accessible Business Awards

The Access Alliance is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2021 People’s Choice Accessible Business Awards!

Winners and sponsors of the 2020 Access Alliance People's Choice Accessibility Awards for Business on stage with Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Hon Alfred Ngaro, Jenny Salesa MP, Chrissie Cowan, Access Alliance Chair and CEO Kāpo Māori Aotearoa

(2020 Awards Winners and Dignitaries)

Generously sponsored by the Cookie Time Charitable Trust, the 2021 People’s Choice Accessible Business Awards recognise businesses and organisations that go the extra mile to enable everyone to fully participate in society. These are Kiwi businesses that provide opportunities to learn, to get a job, to access goods, services, events and facilities, and to take part in community and social life.

The awards highlight the fact that accessibility is good for business, and that good businesses are great for accessibility!

Fortnightly Nominations

Every fortnight the Access Alliance will be calling for nominations of businesses and organisations that are committed to accessibility in the following eight ‘areas of life’:


15 February – 1 March

Built Environment including Public Transport

1 March – 15 March

Social Inclusion & Leisure

15 March – 29 March


29 March – 12 April

Goods & Services  

12 April – 26 April

Tourism & Hospitality

26 April – 10 May

Digital Spaces

10 May – 24 May


24 May – 7 June

At the end of each two-week nomination period, the nominees will be put to the vote to pick the top three finalists in each ‘area of life’ category.

Finalist Voting June

During the week 7 – 13 June, votes can be submitted for one of the three finalists in each ‘area of life’ category. The finalists with the most votes in each of the eight ‘areas of life’ will become the People’s Choice Accessible Business Award winners for their respective ‘area of life’ category.

The 2021 People’s Choice Accessible Business Awards Ceremony will be held at 6:00pm, Tuesday 15 June 2021, when nominees, finalists and winners will be commended in a lively 90-minute hybrid live/virtual multimedia presentation. The ceremony will include people with access needs, as well as their whānau, supporters and allies. Special guests will also be invited to attend. The event will include real-time online voting to decide the People’s Choice Accessible Business Supreme Award winner for 2021.

More Information

Further details about the Awards can be found at the 2021 Awards web page:

  • full instructions
  • awards rules
  • information about the first ‘area of life’ category: Education
  • information in alternative formats, Easy Read and NZSL
  • contact details for people wanting assistance to submit nominations or to ask questions.

Nominations are invited for businesses who deserve to be recognised for leading the way toward a fully accessible Aotearoa New Zealand and showcase why #AccessMatters for all Kiwis.

Education provider nomination - pink tile

To nominate an Education provider in the first ‘area of life’ category - anytime between 15 February and 1 March - go online to the Education provider nomination web page.

Every nomination received will go into the draw for a Cookie Time 'SnackBox': a delicious assortment of goodies.

2021 People’s Choice Accessible Business Awards

Proudly presented by the Access Alliance and generously sponsored by the Cookie Time Charitable Trust

 Access Matters - The Access Alliance purple logo  Cookie Time Charitable Trust multi-coloured logo

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