KAIZEN™ Award New Zealand

Top organisations are awarded for the outstanding implementation of KAIZEN™ principles and practices.

Kaizen Institute New Zealand is pleased to announce the KAIZEN™ Award New Zealand 1st Edition to recognise superior KAIZEN™ and Lean organisations. Top organisations will be awarded for their outstanding, innovative, and effective implementation of KAIZEN™ principles and practices.


Excellence in Applying KAIZEN™ Principles

Participation in the KAIZEN™ Award New Zealand is open to any organisation, public or private, large, medium and small companies with a presence in New Zealand, from any sector. The evaluation is based on observations made by senior consultants and/or external specialists, at the customer’s premises, evaluating the application of the five KAIZEN™ principles:

#KAIZEN™ PrincipleApplication Example
1 Create customer valuea) The organisation knows the customer needs by market segment.
b) The organisation is dedicated to quality and to fulfil customer expectations.
2Let it flowa) Leaders know how to design, create, manage and improve processes.
b) Staff members understand the concepts of muda (waste), mura (variability) and muri (difficulty).
3Be gemba orienteda) The workplace is organised for efficiency, visual management is used to make waste, standards and behaviors visible.
b) Leaders go to the place of work to understand problems first hand.
4Empower peoplea) Business objectives are deployed (cascaded) throughout the organisation.
b) All leaders share KAIZEN™ skills and role-model a KAIZEN™ mindset as they develop their teams.
5Be scientific and transparenta) Management decisions are based on the long-term vision.
b) Decision-making and problem-solving is based on real data from gemba (gemba gembutsu).

Besides scrutinizing the robustness of the five KAIZEN™ principles, the ‘Benefits tracking’ section evaluates what the organisation has put in place to ensure employees know where the organisation is heading, how they have progressed, and how customers and the organisation is benefitting from the KAIZEN™ efforts.


Application pdf

Please complete and send the application to awards-nz@kaizen.com not later than 15 May 2023. Nomination Guidelines:

  • Submitted projects shall not be older than 3-5 years
  • Candidates’ projects may already have been recognized by other awards (not awarded by Kaizen Institute).
  • Additional information about the project may be submitted (e.g., indicators, photos, movies, etc.).

Evaluations of Nominations

The evaluation committee is composed of Kaizen Institute and partners.

  • The initial analysis of the application will be based on the submitted application form. For applications that pass the second phase, a visit to the company will be made. The criteria for the evaluation process integrate various items such as the implemented actions, continuous improvement methodology and results.
  • The evaluation committee will choose the winners. The committee reserves the right to abstain from awarding any prizes if none of the applications meet the minimum quality requirements. The decisions of the evaluation committee are final and cannot be appealed.

Timeline KAIZEN™ Award New Zealand 2023

Applications deadline, by 15 May 2023
First evaluations, 31 May 2023
Site visits, 15 – 31 July 2023
Awards event, 17 August 2023

Award Ceremony

The KAIZEN™ Award New Zealand 1st Edition will take place in August 2023. More information about the event will be published well in advance. For more information please contact us at: awards-nz@kaizen.com

Award Recipients 2023

The recipients of the KAIZEN™ Award New Zealand 2023 will be announced in August.


If you have any questions regarding the award procedure or the event please contact:

Kaizen Institute New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 274 0829


Objectives of the KAIZEN™ Awards

Recognize organisations taking the lead in implementing KAIZEN™.

Drive Continuous Improvement efforts.

Inspire change among industry leaders.

Are you interested in participating in the KAIZEN™ Award New Zealand?