Next Gen Awards


What's your big idea to shake up the building industry? Tell us to win an NZ Institute of Building Next Gen Award. 

Make connections, get yourself out there, and win up to $4,000!


How to enter 


1. Video: you will need to submit a short (1-2 minute) video entry telling us your big idea to shake up the building industry. Your idea doesn't need to be earth shattering or world changing - this is about showing your passion for the industry. You also don't need to be a videographer - a clip of you talking to the camera directly is totally fine.

Not sure what to put in your video? Check out our 2023 finalists video entries on You Tube to get an idea of the different approaches they took. 

2. Written: Along with your video you will need to complete a written component telling us a little about yourself. 

3. High-res photo of yourself. 


Read the Entry Form Guidelines to get ready to fill in the online form. 

Complete the entry form. 


Key Dates 


Entries open - Wednesday, 17 April 2024 

Entries close - Wednesday, 29 May 2024 

Regional Finalists announced - Mid-July 2024

Regional and Supreme Award Winner announced at NZ Building People Awards evening in Tāmaki | Auckland - Friday, 30 August 2023 



Entry into the NZ Institute of Building Next Gen Awards is available to all of our Next Gen Members:

  • Next Gen membership is for all those in training in the construction industry - students, cadets and apprentices.
  • If you are not yet a Next Gen Member you can join via a two-minute online application - note you will need to show proof of current enrolment/training. 


How it works 

Stage One: Regional Finalists

  • Next Gen members enter the Awards for their region (Southern, Central, Northern) 
  • Judges for each region assess the applications and select the top three regional finalists.
  • Regional finalists (three for each region) to be announced mid-July.
  • The nine regional finalists will be invited to attend the New Zealand Building People Awards, held in Tāmaki | Auckland on Friday 30 August (those who need to travel to attend will have travel and accommodation booked and paid for).

Stage Two: Regional Winners & National Winner

  • Nine regional finalists will attend the New Zealand Building People Awards, held in Tāmaki | Auckland on Friday 30 August where winners will be announced.
  • Judges will select one winner from each region.
  • Judges also select one National Award winner from the three Regional Winners.


Judging & Prizes


The winner of each region will receive $1000.00 and the National winner will receive $3000.00.


Supporting Partners