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NZDA Awards

Award and reward. It's time to think about our colleagues who deserve nomination.

It’s time to recognise more amazing contributions and achievements.

Be involved in nominating our unsung heroes with awards that acknowledge their contribution to our community. In August this year we’ll be holding the annual Conference Dinner and NZDA Awards. All NZDA members attending Conference will be provided a complimentary ticket.*

Finalists will receive extensive PR and social media exposure as well as recognition by their Branches, the NZDA community and peers. Finalists and award winners will have the opportunity to be formally recognised for their achievements by colleagues, industry partners and guests at the Conference Dinner and NZDA Awards evening on Friday 25 August at Takina in Wellington. The Dinner and NZDA Awards is the premiere event during the annual conference, hosted in Wellington 24 – 26 August 2023.

Branches are encouraged to consider nominating a branch initiative project that has had a positive impact in the previous year (Branch Initiative Award), a member who is an inspirational role model and ambassador for the profession (Colleague of the Year), and a young dentist member who has made a significant contribution to the profession (Outstanding Young Dentist Award).

Both Branches and NZDA Full Members are encouraged to consider nominating members who have made a significant contribution through volunteer service or who exemplify humanitarian ideals (Service and Public Service Award).

NZDA Branch Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by Dental Protection

Awarded to a NZDA Branch that through its effort and initiative has contributed to:

  • Representing dentists or dentistry
  • Supporting dentists
  • Advancing science, advancing people or informing, galvanising into action, delivering initiatives and treatment in the community.

NZDA Colleague of the Year

Sponsored by Lumino The Dentists

Awarded to an inspirational role model and ambassador for the profession. A person who is supporting and encouraging of other members, involved in some type of mentoring and helps colleague’s educational needs by sharing knowledge or facilitating sharing by others and at Branch level is active in welcoming members and promoting collegiality.

NZDA Outstanding Young Dentist

Sponsored by NZDA

Awarded to a young member of NZDA who, through their effort and initiative, has:

  • Made a significant contribution to the dental profession
  • Excelled in their career reflecting positively on the dental profession
  • Acted, and is likely to continue to act, as an ambassador for the profession.

NZDA Public Service Award

The award will be given to an NZDA member who exemplifies humanitarian ideals and attributes by:

  • Contributing significantly to alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals both in NZ and/or abroad
  • Demonstrating significant leadership and outstanding volunteer accomplishments that bring honour to the profession
  • Serving as an inspiration to the dental profession, colleagues and those treated.

NZDA Service Award

Sponsored by Dental Protection

The purpose of the Service Award is to recognise members who have made an outstanding contribution and who exemplify outstanding volunteer spirit through excellence in service and commitment to NZDA.

Key dates

Monday 20 March 2023Entries open
Tuesday 20 June 2023Entries close
Tuesday 25 July 2023NZDA will announce the finalists

Please email your nomination with supporting documents to sam@nzda.org.nz by Tuesday 20 June 2023.


For further information contact:

Ami Gilchrist
Director (Membership Services)
New Zealand Dental Assoc.
T: +64 9 579 8001 | E: ami@nzda.org.nz

Terri Lowsley

NZDA Project Manager
Conference Innovators
T: +64 3 353 2823 | E: terri@conference.nz