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Hi-Tech Awards Opens With New Title Sponsor

29-June-05

Allied Telesyn NZ Hi Tech Awards Opens With New Title Sponsor

Press release, 29-June-05, Allied Telesyn New Zealand Hi Tech Awards, Christchurch, New Zealand: Allied Telesyn, one of the world's leading enterprise networking organisations, is taking over the reins as title sponsor of the New Zealand Hi Tech Awards 2005.

Having enjoyed the last three years as title sponsor, Westpac is stepping aside to support instead the esteemed Hall of Fame honour - the Flying Kiwi Award. The Awards are not to be missed with five events over 30 September and 1 October guaranteed to enlighten and entertain all who attend.

Phil Holliday, Chairman of the NZ Hi Tech Awards Committee is delighted to welcome Allied Telesyn as title sponsor. He says, "Christchurch always puts on a very special weekend of events for our outstanding achievers in the software, biotech and electronics industries.

The Allied Telesyn New Zealand Hi Tech Awards is a prized event that depends entirely on the support of sponsors, and we thank them all for enabling our country's best talent to shine on the world stage."

The Awards sponsors this year are Allied Telesyn, Avnet, Microsoft, NZBio, Tait Electronics, Westpac, Endace, Navman, Morel & Co., Enatel and Adilam. We also have support from New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, GPC Electronics, Setec, Rakon, Arrow Components, designindustry and the Christchurch Press.

Philip Yim, Allied Telesyn's Executive Vice President, Global Marketing & Product Development says: "We are proud to be the title sponsor of the New Zealand Hi Tech Awards this year because we recognise the importance of putting value back into industry and community. The Awards have an established reputation as the event that defines the cutting edge of NZ technology, and we want to encourage those whose innovation and entrepreneurship deserves applause to realise and celebrate their success."

Westpac's General Manager of Channel and Process Management, Phil Doak says, "Westpac has enjoyed being the title sponsor of the Awards for the past three years, because they recognise business innovation, excellence and achievement. We remain committed to the Awards as sponsor of the Flying Kiwi Award, which recognises New Zealand's most accomplished individual in the hi tech industry. We are delighted that Allied Telesyn is taking the reins, and wish them all the best."

This year the Allied Telesyn NZ Hi Tech Awards looks to the future with the theme "Science Fiction or Science Future?" and taps into the inherent

excitement surrounding novel inventions. Attendance is required for everyone who has ever watched a sci-fi movie and wondered, "Will that ever be possible?" The weekend will celebrate individuals and businesses that have developed products and services which were once thought impossible to achieve.

Christchurch is the proud host of this year's Awards, which comprises five events over Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October:

The weekend kicks off on the Friday night with the Hi Tech Awards Cocktail Launch in conjunction with the Bright Sparks Awards (www.brightsparks.org.nz) at Rydges Hotel. The next day commences with an Industry Forum breakfast of prized speakers at the Crowne Plaza followed by the Gala Dinner presentation of the Allied Telesyn New Zealand Hi Tech Awards (www.hitech.org.nz) at the Christchurch Convention Centre.

In conjunction with the festivities, the second annual Electronics South Connectivity 05 trade show (www.esconnectivity.org.nz) which displays some of the advanced technologies and services created here in New Zealand, will be held during both days at the Christchurch Town Hall.

The festivities culminate on the evening of October 1 with the Hi Tech Awards Gala Dinner, where New Zealand's most outstanding innovators in the field of technology will be honoured. In addition to Special Awards in the fields of Biotech, Electronics, and Software, the winner of the Allied Telesyn Hi Tech Company of the Year will be recognised as New Zealand's number one Hi Tech company.

The Allied Telesyn New Zealand Hi Tech Awards are now accepting entries for its 11 Award categories; applications can be found on the Awards' website at www.hitech.org.nz.

About The Allied Telesyn New Zealand Hi Tech Awards The Allied Telesyn New Zealand Hi Tech Awards, now in their 12th year, are aimed at New Zealand's successful Hi Tech companies who have married research and development with the ability to successfully market and sell products both within New Zealand and offshore. Rotating each year between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, the Awards not only celebrate excellence in New Zealand's Electronics, Software and Biotech industries, they also celebrate outstanding individual achievement by new talent and more established players with the Young Achiever and Flying Kiwi awards.

About Bright Sparks The Bright Sparks competition is designed to train and develop outstanding future science professionals to provide for the needs of NZ's growing hi tech industry. Children as young as 11 compete in categories such as "Best Biotechnology Project" and "Best Original Computer Programme." The event is an opportunity for industry to meet our youngest and brightest talent and see their winning exhibits.

About ES Connectivity 05 ES Connectivity 05 is a trade event to expose New Zealand's electronics capability, with an emphasis on developing and furthering relationships in the industry. During the trade event powerful next generation technology will be showcased through a range of demonstrations and the world's first robotics/ electronics/ flash conference. The aim of the exhibition is to profile Canterbury's finest technology capability and to facilitate opportunities for networking, trade partnerships, employment and education.

About Allied Telesyn Allied Telesyn develops sophisticated, leading edge networking solutions and capabilities for international markets. The organisation has offices in over 60 countries and worldwide revenues of more than US$500 million. Originally part of the DSIR, Allied Telesyn Research joined the Allied Telesis Group in 1999 and is now a major development centre for the group.

With a broad suite of products, Allied Telesyn provides solutions for an impressive range of network applications. From individuals connecting home offices to the World Wide Web, to Internet Service Providers supplying targeted services to thousands of sites, more than one million customers worldwide have chosen our technology for their networks.

Allied Telesyn Research's success is built on the skills of our talented employees who enable the company to compete on an equal footing with the world's largest communications and networking equipment manufacturers.

ENDS

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