NEST tops busi­ness awards


Fo­cus and com­mit­ment were two key fac­tors lead­ing to the North­land Emer­gency Ser­vices Trust be­ing named the supreme win­ner of the 2017 West­pac North­land Busi­ness of the Year Award.

The West­pac North­land Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards took place at Fo­rum North on Oc­to­ber 27. Busi­nesses from through­out North­land submitted 42 unique en­tries across five busi­ness cat­e­gories, seven an­cil­lary cat­e­gories from which the over­all supreme win­ner was cho­sen.

NEST was also the win­ner of the Top En­ergy Best Not-For­Profit Or­gan­i­sa­tion Award, the GBC Win­stone Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness Medium Busi­ness Award and was the joint win­ner of the ACC Work­place Safety Award. The judges said there was ev­i­dence of strong gover­nance and ap­plauded the fact stake­hold­ers were aware and con­trib­uted to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s com­mon goals.

Judges made spe­cial men­tion of NEST chair­man Paul Ah­lers and chief pi­lot Peter Turn­bull for their ef­forts. Tony Collins from the NZ Cham­ber of Com­merce North­land says it was great to cel­e­brate not only the win­ners, but all en­trants for the pas­sion they show to their busi­ness as­pi­ra­tions and their pur­suit of ex­cel­lence. He says the stan­dard con­tin­ues to get bet­ter ev­ery year and no mat­ter what the size of the en­ter­prise, they were all com­mit­ted to mak­ing their busi­ness a suc­cess.

Ex­ter­nal au­dits found NEST’s on­go­ing pi­lot training was above in­dus­try stan­dards both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

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