Business awards showcase locals
Organisers of the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards are thrilled with the enthusiasm they’re seeing around their first event.
The awards are being organised by a committee of local businesspeople, with financial support from the Hauraki and ThamesCoromandel district councils.
Local businesses have also got behind the awards, including Smart Environmental, which has bought the naming rights to the event, Positive Paeroa, Hikaka Investigations, BNZ, Mightway, Oceana Gold, Lynch & Partners, Placemakers Whitianga, Unichem Heather Moore Pharmacy, and Richardsons Real Estate.
Committee spokesperson, general manager of MediaWorks Coromandel Kate Rigg said the awards allow local businesses to tell their stories and to celebrate their successes.
‘‘We were keen to get the awards off the ground because successful businesses mean successful communities,’’ she said.
The People’s Choice Nominees have already been announced: Carson’s Bookshop, Coromandel Adventures, Flowers on Pollen, Hahei Holiday Resort, Hello Friday, Lifestyle Yachts, MAKAWE Hair Salon, Make Your Day Events, Milly’s Educare, Paeroa and Waihi Laundromats, Pamper Me, Seagull Centre, Tairua Butchery, The Green Grocer, The Lost Spring, Trove Pauanui, and Waiomu Beach Cafe.
Rigg said the winner will be decided by a public vote and people can vote for their favourite on the awards’ website haurakicoromandelbusinessawards.co.nz/peoples-choice.
‘‘There’s been really steady voting for the People’s Choice nominees, and businesses are delighted to get this public recognition for their hard work,’’ she said.
Pharmacist Heather Moore, owner of Unichem Heather Moore who is sponsoring the People’s Choice award said there are so many great businesses in our region where owners really deserve acknowledgment.
‘‘Owning a business takes hard work, energy, and the ability to live with risk and uncertainty, while at the same time providing top of the range product and service,’’ she said.
Business entries in other categories are being handled independently by judges from Waikato Innovation Park and finalists will be announced on Friday, September 1.
All the results will be announced at a gala awards evening at The Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort in Pauanui on Thursday, September 28. Tickets and latest developments are available on the website.