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As a leading New Zealand Bathroom manufacturer we at Athena are passionate about providing inspiring, innovative leading edge design. We are excited to be a sponsor of the ‘2006 BeST Design Awards’.

Athena Products is a privately owned company founded in 1982. Our Core business is the manufacture and marketing of superior bathroom ware, specifically vanities, showers and baths.

 Athena invests heavily in design research and development and has built a solid reputation driven by the ability to create innovative quality products. Athena is proud to recognize the best of the best.


Better by Design

Better by Design aims to help New Zealand companies make world class design a bigger differentiator for their products and services in export markets. Better by Design is part of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and offers a programme of practical programmes and support to help New Zealand export companies improve their design capability. This includes design audits and mentoring for approved companies, funding for specific design initiatives for audited companies, education courses, design education internships for final-year students and new graduates, and a range of information resources and events.



PRODESiGN is unique in reflecting the interdependence of the three core commercial design disciplines: commercial interior, product and graphic design. With a reputation as the hub and mouthpiece of the design industry, it is read and respected by top decision-makers and specifiers in these professions, and also by their clients. Repeatedly awarded for its design by the Magazine Publishers’ Association, PRODESiGN offers a desirable mix of intelligent editorial content and high-quality visual presentation. As the official publication of the Designers Institute of New Zealand, the magazine is integral to and contributes much to the success of the programmes set in place for many of our top design awards.


 BJ Ball

Great graphic design and quality printing are essential before fine paper stock can fulfil its potential. Hence BJBall Papers’ longstanding support for the design community.

In addition to our sponsorship of the BeST Design Awards, our ‘Identity Series’ has stimulated designers’ creativity, design students have gained exposure and experience through the BJBall Calendar competition, and we profile outstanding new work on our website.

We actively encourage New Zealand designers to match their best work against the rest of the world. Our main focus currently being The Mohawk Show 7. Mohawk invites designers to enter their best work, and be in with a chance to win a 3 night trip to the Sundance Film Festival or a monetary prize. Non-U.S winners are increasingly common, therefore interest and participation grows each year.

BJBall places a high importance on products that are environmentally responsible. We encourage our customers to think carefully about the environmental credentials of the paper products they choose. Therefore we offer an extensive and varied portfolio of papers that fit a wide criteria.  Of note are Evergreen, Mohawk Navajo, Mohawk Options, Look!, Novatech, Royal Offset Hi-Brite and Sumo . .  to name but a few. 



Formway is passionate about pursuing excellence in design, a philosophy recognised when Formway was awarded the Best Design-Led Business Award in 1999. Formway prides itself in playing a key role in the creation of outstanding workplaces, providing creative solutions through its products, ideas and workplace expertise. Formway sees this investment in design as the vehicle for the company’s international success and the many worldwide accolades its products have received.

Formway is delighted to again be a sponsor of the 2006 BeST Design Awards. 



STEVENSON      0800 610 710
Stevenson building products’ continual focus on product research and development has placed us top of mind for the consumer when thinking masonry. We are committed to manufacturing and supplying quality solid masonry solutions for commercial and residential home and landscape environments. Recent developments such as Formblock, a motarless block with the benefits of speed of construction, and a new DryBlock, a revolutionary waterproof system, have been added to our portfolio.

Stevenson has also recently introduced a complete new coloured paving and retaining range, with the colour choice influenced by lifestyle, fashion and the environment. Stevenson has many close working relationships with talented architects, designers, specifiers and trades, and we stand proud to be one of the sponsors of this year’s BeST Design Awards.



Specialists in Recruitment for the Creative Industries.

Portfolio Recruitment is a niche agency that employ s a unique approach. Sourcing exceptional talent for the creative industries since 1998, we not only assess our candidates’ performance, skill and suitability, but also take our time to really get to know them. We like to find out about their aspirations – both career and personal – their likes and dislikes, what their drivers and motivators are, past achievements and future life goals.

Portfolio consultants have a background in the design, advertising and creative industries. We understand the nature of the busines s a nd the expectations required, as well as the difference a good employee can make in contributing to the creative workplace.

We stay in close contact with the industry and are pleased to be able to continue to support the BeST Design Awards by remaining a sponsor for 2006.




Lexus is pleased to be an ongoing sponsor of the BeST Design Awards in 2006.

Lexus New Zealand’s ‘Pursuit of Perfection’ in design, innovation, technology and quality has ensured Lexus continues to provide outstanding luxury vehicles and superior customer service.

Lexus has a global reputation based on quality, we are delighted to be able to recognise, encourage and applaud those who achieve quality in this year’s BeST Design Awards.




Panprint have a long relationship with many New Zealand designers and is therefore pleased to repay some of their loyalty by supporting the BeST Design Awards. The core of Panprint’s business is represented in every aspect of high quality print from the most demanding annual reports through to self-adhesive labels. Panprint is also pleased to see many of the Panprint Awards entrants moving steadily through all levels of our industry. The best design deserves the best print.



The Ministry for the Environment works to deliver the healthy environment that New Zealanders expect and deserve. This includes partnering with industry to encourage the design and development of more sustainable goods and services. Sustainability offers designers a new way to create, innovate and differentiate. In return, designers have the opportunity to deliver significant environment improvements, be it through improved efficiencies, materials selection, recyclability or more radical re-thinking.

The Ministry is delighted to recognise the increased recognition of sustainability in the BeST Design Awards by coming on board as a sponsor in 2006.



CUSTANCE for the Spatial Student Award
Custance has a long association with the BeST Design Award Programme as both participant and sponsor.

For 15 years, Custance have consistently been among the finalists in the Interior category, with a number of projects, both residential and commercial, receiving BeST Design Awards.  As original sponsor of the BeST Student Spatial Award, Custance is delighted, once again, to celebrate excellence amongst emerging designers.

With offices in Wellington and Sydney, Custance delivers architecture, interior and product design, together with project management services, throughout New Zealand and Australia.

We are passionate about designing quality, innovative, functionally outstanding buildings, work environments and related products for our clients, utilizing our unique design skills and knowledge of business strategy, the workplace and work practices.


PHd3 for the Product Student Award
pHd3 is an idea packed, spirited design consultancy bringing fresh inspiration and profitability to our clients.

We operate across a broad platform of interrelated disciplines from product and graphic design to environmental design.

It is our business and passion to help clients outsmart and out position their competitors through successful design and inspired communications, products and branding.

We understand the big picture, yet focus and implement the components that create it.

The team at pHd3 is very proud to continue supporting inspired new talent through the 2006 BeST Design Awards.


DNA DESIGN for the Graphic Student Award
DNA works with leading and emerging brands to help them achieve growth. We do this by translating intelligent brand strategy into compelling brand communication and expression. This means delivering the brand organisations need, for the growth their business requires.

Our approach centres on the belief that the most successful brands – inGENEius® brands – understand and maximise what defines and differentiates them. Our award-winning team capture and express a brand's unique dna to inspire customers and generate preference, understanding and action.

DNA Design is proud to continue our sponsorship of the Graphic Student Award.


THE CHURCH for the Website/Interative Media Student Award

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