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Vodafone 2004 INFINZ Industry Awards

Vodafone 2004 INFINZ Industry Awards

Wellington Friday 30th April 2004 ­ The finance industry celebrated a good year at the Vodafone 2004 INFINZ Industry Awards held in Wellington last night.

³2003 could go down as the year of outside distractions and off-shore influences,² said Paul Hocking, Executive Director INFINZ.

³Yet despite all the external distractions, the industry as a whole has managed to finish the year in good form, and numerous organisations ­ many of whom we have celebrated in these awards ­ have demonstrated the measure of their professionalism and quality performances.

³In March there was of course global insecurity surrounding the war in Iraq and renewed international terrorism. Later came the effects of a rising Kiwi dollar. During the year there were a number of new regulatory challenges ­ reviews of corporate governance and development of best practice codes, new accounting standards and now investigations into the funds management industry.²

³Each finalist organisation has clearly demonstrated that despite external distractions, they can remain focused on growing their core business and maintaining professional standards,² he said.

Winners of six awards were announced at the Vodafone 2004 INFINZ Industry Awards, they were:

The National Business Review Bank of the Year ­ awarded to Westpac Institutional Bank Goldman Sachs JBWere Best Corporate Communicator ­ Emerging Leaders ­ was awarded to Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Ltd. First NZ Capital Best Corporate Communicator ­ Market Leaders ­ was awarded to Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Ltd. Asia-Pacific Risk Management Excellence in Treasury ­ was awarded to NGC Holdings Ltd. Kiwi Income Property Trust Sharebroking Firm of the Year ­ awarded to First NZ Capital Securities Chapman Tripp Fund Manager of the Year -awarded to AMP Capitol Investors (New Zealand) Ltd.

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