Glit­ter­ing night for all

South­ern Tararua Busi­ness Awards out of this world

Bush Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By STEVE CARLE´

Pahiatua Cham­ber of Com­merce held their sec­ond South­ern Tararua Busi­ness Awards on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 13 in the Woodville Sports Sta­dium.

“It was out of this world,” ac­cord­ing to War­ren Jones from Woodville Lions Club.

“From the early be­gin­nings of the cham­ber with Peter Lea, Ash Leatherby, Katie Har­ris, Ja­son Griggs to what we have tonight, and for me it is about cel­e­bra­tion, a pat on the back for busi­ness own­ers and busi­nesses in gen­eral,” said Pahiatua Cham­ber of Com­merce chair Lance Shear­man.

“When I had the vi­sion in 2015 to run this event, to pro­mote and show case what we have to of­fer within our re­gion, I never once thought it would be so…so suc­cess­ful.

“And from here we have a vi­sion for the cham­ber to strive and move for­ward with a full pro­gramme of events and meet­ings to in­form, ed­u­cate and be en­gag­ing with its mem­bers, start­ing on 23 Oc­to­ber, so please make the con­scious ef­fort to at­tend our events in the fu­ture – in un­cle Sam’s words – The cham­ber needs you!”

A crowd of 200 peo­ple en­joyed the repar­tee of Jackie Clarke, MC and

en­ter­tainer. Jackie shared that she had hired her Miss New Zealand frock from Te Papa — it had a map of New Zealand on the front, on loan for $1000.

“Jackie made the evening into an event. I have had fan­tas­tic feed­back about how much peo­ple laughed. It was a great at­mos­phere,” one of the or­gan­is­ers Cr. Shirley Hull said. Jackie hap­pily hung out after the func­tion fin­ished, chat­ting and hav­ing co­pi­ous num­bers of pho­tos with ev­ery­one, taken by pho­tog­ra­pher War­ren Jones.

The Black Stump, Merit award win­ners, pro­vided the din­ner, which Jackie Clarke raved about. Woodville Lions took on the job of the door and bar, and it would be dif­fi­cult to run any event nowa­days with­out ac­cess to vol­un­teers who have a good health and safety pro­file.

This year’s judges gave merit awards in six cat­e­gories, and they ex­pressed how dif­fi­cult the judg­ing was.

“I was de­lighted to be asked to join the judg­ing panel, priv­i­leged to read all the nom­i­na­tions and it was a plea­sure to see those who de­serve such recog­ni­tion on the night,” Judge Wendy Mor­ri­son said.

The sta­dium was trans­formed with a tongue-incheek wind­mill theme. It also re­flected the na­ture of the area, us­ing sus­tain­able dec­o­ra­tions that were made with the help of Am­ber Ma­honey,10, and Bella Shear­man, 11, . “We had quite a lit­tle pro­duc­tion line with friends who called in be­ing roped into help. The fin­ished prod­uct made the sta­dium look fan­tas­tic,” Shirley Hull said.

The com­mit­tee used as many lo­cal Woodville busi­nesses as pos­si­ble, and prom­ises to do the same in Eketa¯ huna when they stage the third Busi­ness Awards in 2020. This was the first large event the new Black Bull Liquor shop had sup­ported. Jackie Clarke was hosted by Joy and Mike Barnes from the Or­mond Street Mo­tel.

A high­light of the night was a pre­sen­ta­tion from the Awards Com­mit­tee to Trevor Jack­son of Jack­son’s En­ter­prises. The award was to ac­knowl­edge Trevor’s sup­port and en­thu­si­asm for his busi­ness and com­mu­nity.

“The South­ern Tararua Busi­ness Award Com­mit­tee wishes to ac­knowl­edge some­one who has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Busi­ness Awards,” said mayor Tracey Col­lis. “This evening we wish to present a spe­cial award in recog­ni­tion of a man who has gone above and be­yond on be­half of not only his busi­ness but our en­tire com­mu­nity.

“On hear­ing that the Cham­ber were keen to hold an event ac­knowl­edg­ing busi­ness in the com­mu­nity Trevor Jack­son im­me­di­ately put his hand up to sup­port not only the Cham­ber of Com­merce, but the en­tire busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“Trevor is a true son of Pahiatua. Any op­por­tu­nity to see the town ad­vance, Trevor has sup­ported will­ingly. Jack­son En­ter­prises is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of a suc­cess­ful na­tional busi­ness op­er­at­ing from Pahiatua. Thanks Trevor, you make us proud and ev­ery time I’m be­hind a truck with Jack­son mud flaps I smile and am happy to fol­low.”

A show­case of Bis­set Honda will be held on Oc­to­ber 23 from 5:30pm with CEDA (Cen­tral Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Agency) in at­ten­dance to talk to the Pahiatua Cham­ber of Com­merce.

More pho­tos from the evening will be pub­lished in next week’s Bush Tele­graph.

Supreme win­ner, Bis­set Honda. From left: Michael Ben­ton, Emily Cut­tance, John Bis­set, Pam Bis­set, Be­van Bis­set, In­grid de Graaf and Jacky Clarke.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for the South­ern Tararua Busi­ness Awards: Joel Turner, Nikki O’Leary with MC and en­ter­tainer Jacky Clarke and other com­mit­tee mem­bers Lance Shear­man and coun­cil­lor Shirley Hull.

A great at­mos­phere was en­joyed with tick­ets hav­ing sold out to the event.

Run­ner-up to Supreme win­ner: Louis Smith Cas­kets. From left: Louis Smith with part­ner Rose Col­lis and Mile and mayor Tracey Col­lis.

Best dressed fe­male: Moana Young with Jackie Clarke.

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