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Waikato Business News August/September 2023

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WAIKATO BUSINESS NEWS, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER <strong>2023</strong> 7<br />

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Chamber<br />

announces<br />

business<br />

awards<br />

finalists<br />

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The finalists in this year’s<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Chamber of Commerce<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Awards, supported by<br />

Foster Construction Group, were<br />

announced recently at an event at<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> University’s The Pā, with 21<br />

businesses named in the line-up.<br />

Head judge Dr Heather<br />

Connolly of <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

University’s Management<br />

School said the panel of<br />

29 judges was impressed with<br />

the quality of the finalists.<br />

“We were also pleased to<br />

see the number of entries up<br />

on last year, with a total of 76<br />

entries this year. The calibre of<br />

entrants was excellent and it’s<br />

always encouraging to see businesses<br />

enter for the first time,”<br />

Connolly says.<br />

“As judges we feel privileged<br />

that the entrants again<br />

have provided us with the<br />

opportunity to find out more<br />

about what makes them special.<br />

And as businesses in the<br />

region, there are some amazing<br />

things happening. Of note<br />

this year was a strong international<br />

trade element among the<br />

entries.”<br />

Tickets for the gala dinner,<br />

to be held at Claudelands<br />

Event Centre on November 17,<br />

are available for purchase at<br />

www.waikatochamber.co.nz/<br />

business-awards-<strong>2023</strong>/<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> Chamber of<br />

Commerce <strong>Business</strong><br />

Awards finalists<br />

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BUSINESS GROWTH AWARD<br />

Treadlite NZ<br />

MS Civil Construction Limited<br />

Pure Lighting<br />

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COMMUNITY<br />

CONTRIBUTION<br />

Dive Zone Whitianga<br />

South <strong>Waikato</strong> Investment<br />

Fund Trust (SWIFT)<br />

Ninja Valley<br />

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FOR PURPOSE AWARD<br />

Hospice <strong>Waikato</strong><br />

Central Kids Early Education<br />

South <strong>Waikato</strong> Investment<br />

Fund Trust (SWIFT)<br />

14.<br />

1. Abdullah Hussaini, Claire van der Most | 2. Chontelle Burkitt,<br />

Jenni Falconer| 3. Tania Cooper, Tanekaha Murphy| 4. Megan<br />

Weir, Ben Weir | 5. Chris Gardner, Jason Dawson, Vicki Jones<br />

6. Jason Cowan, Mark Morgan, Jeremy Hughes | 7. Jo Goodwin,<br />

Megan Campbell, Sean Williams | 8. Richard Ferdinands, Leonard<br />

Gardner | 9. Tania Witheford, Heather Connolly, Ellie Wilkinson<br />

10. Pat Mellsop, Jane Hill, Kylie Harcourt | 11. Tania O’Sullivan,<br />

Frances McInnes, Jason Trower | 12. Amardeep Khasariya, Tash<br />

Davies, Mark Wylie, Craig Tamblyn | 13. Scott Ratuki, Adam<br />

Findlay, Ross Pacey, Ben Royfee| 14. Shaun van Praagh, Whetū<br />

Taukamo, Heather Connolly, Jess Vanxay<br />

INNOVATION AWARD<br />

Helix Flight Manufacturing<br />

Machines Ltd<br />

Flight Structures Ltd<br />

Emergency Consult -<br />

Rethinking Healthcare<br />

Delivery<br />

INTERNATIONAL<br />

TRADE AWARD<br />

Helix Flight Manufacturing<br />

Machines Ltd<br />

Manta5 Hydrofoil Bikes<br />

Invivo Wines<br />

MARKETING AWARD<br />

Treadlite NZ<br />

Hamilton Airport<br />

Pure Lighting<br />

11.<br />

MICRO BUSINESS<br />

Neuflow Projects<br />

Wyreframe<br />

CFO 4 U<br />

PEOPLE & CULTURE AWARD<br />

MS Civil Construction Limited<br />

Ninja Valley<br />

Wyreframe<br />

SERVICE EXCELLENCE<br />

AWARD<br />

My Mortgage<br />

Normans Transport<br />

Safety Genius<br />

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD<br />

Dive Zone Whitianga<br />

NZ National Fieldays<br />

Society Inc<br />

EMERGING LEADER<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

Carl Saywell<br />

Adam Norman<br />

Jenni Falconer<br />

12.<br />

The <strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong> Awards<br />

are supported by Foster Construction<br />

Group, while the category<br />

sponsors are Chow:Hill<br />

Architects, Company-X, Deloitte,<br />

Hamilton Airport, Mitre 10,<br />

Montana Food & Events, Sky-<br />

Point Technologies, Sleepyhead,<br />

Tompkins Wake, Trust <strong>Waikato</strong>,<br />

the University of <strong>Waikato</strong> and<br />

Wintec Te Pūkenga.<br />

The judging process is<br />

sponsored by 2degrees, while<br />

other support sponsors include<br />

ACLX, Air New Zealand, Barker<br />

Photography, Claudelands,<br />

Emblems, Fairview, INDx<br />

Media, Virtual Print, and<br />

<strong>Waikato</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>News</strong>.

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