Porirua shin­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Six Porirua busi­nesses are in line for glory af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated for this year’s Welling­ton Gold Awards.

It’s the big­gest group of nom­i­nees the city has pro­duced in the awards’ 13- year his­tory, Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Holly Thompson says. Porirua busi­nesses are rep­re­sented in six of the awards’ nine cat­e­gories.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic and it’s amaz­ing to see them achieve across so many cat­e­gories.

‘‘It just proves we have busi­nesses that ex­cel across all in­dus­tries,’’ she says.

The re­ac­tion from nom­i­nees has been phe­nom­e­nal, Ms Thompson says – Adren­a­line For­est di­rec­tor Jean Cail­l­a­bet was barely com­pre­hen­si­ble on the phone due to his ex­cite­ment.

‘‘ They’re re­ally, re­ally happy and it’s fan­tas­tic to see that they’re so proudly Porirua,’’ she says.

Mayor Nick Leggett says he is stoked at the nom­i­na­tions.

‘‘It’s great that these Porirua busi­nesses have put them­selves for­ward for recog­ni­tion, be­cause we have so many suc­cess­ful and in­no­va­tive busi­nesses in our city that have tended to fly un­der the radar in the re­gion,’’ he says.

Be­ing Porirua- based is an ad­van­tage for the nom­i­nees, Mr Leggett says. ‘‘For many of these busi­nesses, Porirua’s cen­tral lo­ca­tion in the Welling­ton re­gion gives them an ad­van­tage, ei­ther through ef­fi­cient ac­cess to lo­cal sup­pli­ers or mar­kets, or the abil­ity to tap into the wide range of skills on of­fer within Porirua.’’

The award win­ners will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony on May 31.

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