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Mindful Money Awards 2022

Wed May 11th 2022

The Mindful Money Awards 2022

The Mindful Money Awards celebrate the role that ethical and impact investing are playing in making money a force for good. They reflect the growing movement to re-orient investment finance towards sustainability and well-being, providing solutions to the mounting crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and inequality.

The Awards honour the funds and the individuals who are leading the movement to make responsible investing the new normal, and impact investing the progressive frontier.

Entries have now close




The Mindful Money Awards ceremony will start with a conference to set the stage before the award presentations. The event will then wrap up with networking, with celebratory drinks and nibbles for awards recipients and attendees.

3.30pm Karakia & Welcome

3.40pm Video address – Dr. Simon Zadek, Chair of the Finance for Biodiversity initiative and former adviser on finance to UN Secretary-General

3.50pm Keynote address – Hon David Clark, Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs

4.10pm Panel Discussion: Harnessing mainstream investment to fund the climate transition and the Sustainable Development Goals

4.50pm Introduction to the Awards: Barry Coates

5.00pm Mindful Money Awards presentation ceremony - te Radar, MC

6pm Short conclusion and thanks

Networking until 7.30pm

Award categories and criteria

Highlighting the areas that have been instrumental in the success of ethical investing, the categories and criteria for the 2022 Mindful Money Awards are:

Best Ethical KiwiSaver Fund Provider

This award will go to the KiwiSaver provider that can best demonstrate effective responsible or ethical investment outcomes.

The award is open to New Zealand KiwiSaver providers.

Best Ethical Retail Investment Fund Provider

This award will go to the retail investment fund provider that can best demonstrate effective responsible or ethical investment practices.

The award is open to retail fund providers registered in New Zealand.

Best New Ethical Fund 2022

This award will go to the fund that can best demonstrate innovation in its responsible or ethical investment approach and practice. The fund must have been launched between April 2021 and April 2022.

The award is open to KiwiSaver or retail investment funds registered in New Zealand.

Best Impact Investment Fund

Entrants will demonstrate a strong purpose and a clear vision for how their enterprise will create significant impact overall, using examples of specific investments that benefit people or the environment, including aims such as social equity, nature restoration and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

They will have a clear methodology on how they assess their impact, including the additional impact that is attributable to their investment.

Best Net Zero and Climate Action Investor

This award will go to the fund provider or fund that can best demonstrate a strong purpose and a clear vision for how their enterprise will reduce emissions and invest in impactful climate solutions, using examples of specific initiatives.

The fund provider or fund must be registered in New Zealand. It can be available to either wholesale or retail investors. It may be a public entity, social enterprise, not-for-profit enterprise, a collaboration or a commercial fund. The category includes climate bond portfolios, but not a single climate bond issue.
Best Ethical Financial Adviser

This award will go to the financial adviser (company or individual) that can best demonstrate how ethical issues are integrated throughout their client engagement and financial advice.
Best Media Reporting on Ethical Investment

Entrants will show excellence in their media coverage of ethical investment and a significant impact on public awareness and understanding of the issues.

This category is open to a broad range of New Zealand media including print, digital, radio, podcast, TV, video and documentary. This category is open to an individual journalist or a team.

Best Ethical Overseas Fund

This award will go to the best ethical overseas investment fund. Entry is open to funds that are actively marketed in New Zealand and made available to the New Zealand public through financial advisers or platforms. 
This category is open to overseas ETFs, AUTs and other overseas registered funds.


2022 Mindful Money Awards Timeline

Awards entries open:

Wednesday 30th March

Awards entries close:

Midnight Tuesday 3rd May

Finalists announced:

Wednesday 25th May

Awards Event:

Tuesday 28th June 


Mindful Money Awards Sponsors

We are very grateful to our 2022 Awards Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

As a sponsor, your organisation will be associated with this high-profile awards evening on ethical investment which celebrates responsible investing as the wave of the future. The event will bring together leaders in the finance sector and major corporates, government regulators, media and opinion formers.

You will be associated with the launch of a major campaign to take responsible investing into the public mainstream.

For further information about sponsorship opportunities relating to the Mindful Money Awards contact:


Judging process

A robust and independent judging process is a crucial foundation for credibility of the Awards. Mindful Money consults widely in the sector to select 3-4 category judges for each Award category. Judges will be respected for their work, know the category well and be objective.

  • Award entry documentation will be treated as confidential by the organisers and judges.
  • Judges will be asked to declare any conflicts of interest and, if the conflicts are deemed to be significant , will step aside from the judging process.
  • Each judge will volunteer their time without compensation and make a commitment to assist with the integrity of the awards.

The judging process will be robust, fair and focused on recognising excellence amongst the entrants in each category.

  • The judges will prepare a shortlist of finalists and recommend a winner for each Award category. The shortlist for each category will be reviewed by the Judging Committee, a core group of experienced judges, to ensure consistency and integrity.
  • The Judging Committee’s decisions on the selection of entries for the shortlists and the category winners are final.
  • Judging scores remain confidential to judges and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the awards.


Terms & Conditions of Entry

  • An administration fee of $50 + GST per award entry is charged. An invoice will be sent to the contact details submitted with the award entry and must be paid by 31st May 2022.
  • Entrants may nominate their own business, or others. You do not have to be nominated in order to enter the awards.
  • All entrants must provide true and accurate information and disclose any liabilities such as business and/or tax related and/or current pending litigation, which could compromise the judges’ analysis of the business, and/or adversely affect the integrity and reputation of the Mindful Money Awards.
  • Mindful Money will not accept responsibility for errors or omissions reproduced in award publicity material, or for work lost or damaged.
  • Entrants should not make contact with the judges for lobbying or promoting their entry.
  • Judging will be based on the evidence provided in the initial entry. Once shortlisted within a category, supplementary information may be required.
  • Finalists and winners agree to being involved in publicity related to the awards, including photo and other media opportunities with sponsors, judges and Mindful Money staff.
  • Category finalists must be available to attend the Awards event in Auckland CBD on 28th June in person, or through a representative.
  • Mindful Money reserves the right and shall be permitted at all times to use at their discretion any material submitted for the Awards, on the Mindful Money website and in promotional and educational material for the purposes of generating awareness and publicity about the annual awards events.


Contact: For any enquiries about the Mindful Money Awards contact: