Dis­as­ter firm in awards avalanche

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

It was a pro­ces­sion for Dis­as­ter Pre­pare Ltd at last week’s West­pac Porirua Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards.

The earth­quake safety ser­vices com­pany was nom­i­nated in four cat­e­gories – pro­fes­sional ser­vices, in­no­va­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity and mi­cro busi­ness – and won them all.

It then scooped the supreme award at the func­tion, hosted by Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

Dis­as­ter Pre­pare chief ex­ec­u­tive Gra­ham Nel spent more time on the stage than at his ta­ble, and said the awards were ‘‘noth­ing short of a team ef­fort’’.

‘‘We’ve al­ways been fo­cused on our key val­ues of qual­ity, safety and in­no­va­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s more than look­ing at your global im­pact, it’s about what im­pact you have in your com­mu­nity as well.

‘‘It’s been a short jour­ney and a tough jour­ney, but here we are. Wow, what a night for us.’’

Other mul­ti­ple cat­e­gory win­ners were Porirua Club (vi­brancy/tourism/hospi­tal­ity and large busi­ness) and Mana Phar­macy (re­tail and medium busi­ness). Tuohy Homes (trades/con­struc­tion) and Part­ners Porirua (not for profit) were the other win­ners.

Part­ners Porirua’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Michelle Robin­son said the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions in the city were do­ing great work, of­ten un­her­alded.

‘‘They con­trib­ute to the city as em­ploy­ers and in eco­nomic com­mit­ment, and the cal­i­bre of peo­ple in­volved is of­ten high,’’ she said.

Xe­nia McIl­roy Stu­art from the Sup­ply Room and Sam Kemp from Duck Creek Cafe and Restau­rant were joint vic­tors in the young em­ployee sec­tion.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett also pre­sented a short video, star­ring him­self, im­plor­ing Porirua busi­nesses and res­i­dents to sign up to the Gi­ga­town cam­paign.

Out­go­ing cham­ber chair­man Don Casagranda was ac­knowl­edged, and his com­pany, On Ar­rival New Zealand, re­ceived a highly com­mended award in the pro­fes­sional ser­vices cat­e­gory.

Photo: ANDREA O’NEIL

Win­ners: The Dis­as­ter Pre­pare team with their awards. Back row, from left: Bruce Chase, Manie Maritz, Gra­ham Nel and Spring­works staff An­drew and Sarah McTag­gart. Front row: Mr Chase’s part­ner Polly Martin, Mr Nel’s mother-in-law Rose Kirby, his wife Penny Nel, and Lance Cro­ton.

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