Glittering night for all
Southern Tararua Business Awards out of this world
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.