Association Update – March

The New Zealand Sign Display Awards 2023 will be a highlight in Auckland being held on Saturday, 8th July at the Due Drop Events Centre.  The Awards entry website is open and ready to receive all the creative works and craft of our industry, with a closing date of the 15th May.  We have made some changes this year to the categories to allow for more flexibility in keeping with the industry innovations as they change rapidly.  A quick reference guide to the changes follows and more detail can be found on our official Awards website

+ Wayfinding and Navigation Category has been reinstated.
+ Shop Fronts is a NEW Category
+ Traditional Handcrafted Signs and Murals & Illustrations have been combined into one category.
+ 3D Modelling and Dimensional Signage have been combined into one category.
+ Illuminated Signs allows for ALL illuminated signage including dimensional.
+ Corporate Brand – Interpretation and Delivery criteria has changed.

Notable Awards 2023 – Are now open and so if you know of someone that represents the following, why not nominate them and get them acknowledged for their good work in the industry?  Head to our website to read about the criteria and download the nomination forms.  The three awards are as follows:
+ Innovative Champion, sponsored by Total Supply.  This is a sustainable and best practice award.
+ Mana Influencer, sponsored by PSP Ltd.  This is a leadership, good character, and influencer Award.
+ Keith Langstone Highflyer, sponsored by Roland DG.  This is a commitment to learning for a Rising Star Award.

Apprentice of the Year 2023 – Sponsored by Computaleta. Every year we give away a substantial grant to an outstanding Apprentice to the value of $3,000.  The Apprentice must reach certain standards and achievements to be eligible to enter.  To check out how to enter and what the criteria is head to our website at

Sign & Print Expo  – Create, Make and Innovate – It has been postponed twice in the past 3 years and it’s been a long time since the last Expo in 2018, however, the Sign & Print Expo is finally getting some traction and will be on this July, in Auckland at the Due Drop Events Centre.

The past few years have highlighted many challenges with events and organisations, and what it has proven is that collaborating with other like-minded organisations is the key to maintaining a more sustainable, future-focused existence for both industries.  Bringing a bigger and better Expo is what we want to offer our members and the industry and we will be doing this by coming together with Print suppliers as well as our returning sign suppliers.  There will be something for everyone at this event, as we showcase innovative printing technologies, laser cutting, routering, illumination LED products, the latest applications, plus sustainable solutions.  And to add to our event a bit of healthy competition and banter with a wrap challenge, plus a dedicated area to provide hands-on experiences of sign making and printing.  Our business partners and training providers will also be offering some expert tips and tricks on sign-making aspects as well as expo specials at the center point of this event as you enter the Expo.   The conference will be a focus at Expo, where there will be industry experts, and motivational speakers talking the talk on integrating new innovations into your businesses, what the future technologies look like and how to incorporate them into your daily working lives, the value and importance of you, your time and your people, plus much more.  The Expo is free to attend and parking is complimentary, so to get some inspiration, some good deals, to learn and engage head along to the Sign + Print Expo 5-9 July – we would love to see you there!