Best in business receive awards
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.