The top technology companies in the country were named in Auckland last night at the annual NZ Hi-Tech Awards.
More than 700 people attended the awards dinner at SkyCity, the largest number since the awards started in 1994.
Online accounting software company Xero won the top prize, being named Company of the Year. One international judge described Xero as "executing the Web 2.0 playbook perfectly".
Xero also took out an award in the Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year over $5 million export category.
Online point of sale software company Vend was a winner in the Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year under $5 million export category and the Innovative Service Product category.
"With thousands of retailer customers in more than 100 countries, Vend is well on the way to being a real NZ IT success story and has plenty of growth left in it yet," said one of the judges.
A number of first-time entrants to the awards took home prizes, including cloud management company GreenButton, which won the Hi-Tech Emerging Company award.
The winners were chosen by an judging panel made up of 50 people from New Zealand and overseas. Among the international judges were Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Google's New York director of engineering Craig Nevill-Manning.
Judges said they were very impressed by the calibre of the entrants.
Click here for a full list of the winners.