Best in busi­ness re­ceive awards

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

There were mul­ti­ple win­ners of mul­ti­ple awards at the Pu­taruru Busi­ness Awards on Satur­day night.

Win­ning the best over­all busi­ness and best youth ser­vices busi­ness was Pu­taruru Child­care Cen­tre.

Rangiura Rest Home won both the em­ployer and em­ployee of the year awards.

Unichem Pu­taruru re­ceived a joint win for the re­tail award, and won the con­sis­tent ser­vice award.

One week af­ter sell­ing Unichem Pu­taruru for­mer owner Neil Not­tle said he was en­joy­ing his semi-re­tire­ment.

‘‘I had a great team,’’ he said. ‘‘The girls do a fan­tas­tic job, they are happy to do it and the love do­ing it.’’

The awards were held at the Pu­taruru Club and fea­tured guest speaker Mike McRoberts from TV3.

Mr McRoberts was a late re­place­ment for col­league John Camp­bell and spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ences cov­er­ing con­flicts and dis­as­ters over­seas.

He also made a few jokes, talk­ing about the ben­e­fits and pit­falls of be­ing recog­nised from the tele­vi­sion, even if in the past he had been mis­taken for Neil Waka.

Newly re-elected South Waikato Mayor Neil Sin­clair re­minded the au­di­ence that two years ago this month na­tional me­dia were re­port­ing Pu­taruru’s demise as news came that its mill was to close.

In­stead the town had sur­vived and was ready to thrive, he said, as new busi­nesses came into the town.

Mr Sin­clair said the sale of the mill could see more peo­ple em­ployed on the site within two years time than there was be­fore the mill was closed.

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