Australian Hair Industry Awards… Let’s show them what we’ve got!

AHIA Awards 2023

Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA’s) unveil two big changes. One of which has an exciting focus for New Zealand based salon owners and hairdressers. Launched in 2012 by the Mocha Group, The AHIA’s are now celebrating their 13th year as the trusted Awards platform. Split between AHIA Business and AHIA Creative they provide a benchmark of excellence across specialist and individual categories.

Additional categories:

The calibre of our local industry has never been more evident. The AHIA’s Creative are excited this year to finally champion this appropriately. Now, in addition to AHIA New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, the first change will see the introduction of both AHIA New Zealand North Island Hairdresser of the Year and AHIA New Zealand South Island Hairdresser of the Year categories. 

These welcomed additions will help to encourage more local talent to shine. Other available categories include; AHIA Apprentice of the Year. AHIA Emerging Stylist of the Year and AHIA Emerging Colourist of the Year.

Owner and founder Linda Woodhead and the Mocha Group team have called on their vast experience, network and knowledge to create a defined line between the AHIA’s Business and AHIA’s Creative platforms with a simplified approach. As of 2024, the AHIA Creative awards are now predominantly focused on the execution of an award-winning hair collection. The written component is minimalised to reflect the importance of the creative vision only. 

The majority of entries now only require a few simple questions. In relation to the description, inspiration, and creative process of each photographic collection. Entrants can now free up their time to focus on their collections. And finally let their creativity go wild with universal use of wefts, wigs, extensions, and hairpieces across all categories.

Danny Pato:

Danny Pato AHIA 2023

Current AHIA New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, Danny Pato, who has long been an incredible ambassador for the both the awards and his homeland, is now encouraging more of his compatriots to step up!

Being named the best in New Zealand has been both a total career and personal high. As a three time winner I am not eligible to enter again for two years so I’m thrilled to hand the baton over to some fresh new talent. The AHIA’s are such a valuable experience, from the excitement of creating through to the fun of the gala and then the positive impact  on my business, it is such a rewarding experience.”


  • ENTRY DEADLINE 28/03/24
  • GALA NIGHT 01/07/24

Entries are open now and all entrants should download the Category Description, rules and regs, AHIA Awards Path and individual category kits for further information at

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