Busi­nesses take pride in Pu­taruru

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

There was a lot of pride in Pu­taruru last Thurs­day night as the cen­tral busi­ness district came to­gether to cel­e­brate its suc­cess.

The Pu­taruru Busi­ness Awards Cel­e­bra­tion or­gan­ised by Pride in Pu­taruru pulled to­gether a great night on a ‘‘shoe-string bud­get’’, Pride in Pu­taruru man­ager Re­becca San­son said.

Fund­ing for the event came from ticket sales and a small bud­get. ‘‘It was a fan­tas­tic event and I am pleased with the num­ber of busi­nesses that came out to cel­e­brate. We wanted to keep it af­ford­able so ev­ery­body could at­tend.’’

Guests were greeted with a com­pli­men­tary drink and nib­bles were served through­out the night.

Pride in Pu­taruru thanks speaker Danny Mcbride, Hadas- sah, Aaron Gott, Dougy Pet­ley, the St Mary’s kapa haka group and Josh Cranch for their per­for­mances, the Pu­taruru Fire Bri­gade for its as­sis­tance and the busi­nesses that helped make the evening the suc­cess it was.

‘‘The feed­back along with Pride in Pu­taruru’s own eval­u­a­tion has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive with a few points to work on for next year.’’ Miss San­son said. The win­ners are as fol­lows: Pro­fes­sional ser­vices, Tim Kinder;

Com­mu­nity ser­vices, Waikato River Trails;

Hos­pi­tal­ity (joint win­ners), @ Junc­tion, Hog and Hounds;

Health and beauty, Cuts Hair Stylist;

Re­tail, Over the Moon Dairy Com­pany;

Ru­ral ser­vices and con­trac­tors Farm­lands Pu­taruru; Trades­men, Art n’ Signs; Youth ser­vices, Pu­taruru Child­care;

Au­to­mo­tive ser­vices Beau­re­pairs Pu­taruru;

Eater­ies (joint win­ners) Rhubarb Cafe and Pause Cafe; Ser­vice to the com­mu­nity (joint win­ners), Gra­ham Brown and As­so­ci­ates, Van Dyks Pu­taruru;

Peo­ple’s Choice Award, Su­per Liquor Pu­taruru ;

En­tre­pre­neur­ial awards, Blake Fam­ily Trust;

Best busi­ness over­all, Farm­lands Pu­taruru.

KEEP­ING IT LO­CAL: A kapa haka per­for­mance from St Mary’s Catholic School was just the be­gin­ning of bril­liant lo­cal acts at the Pu­taruru Busi­ness Awards cel­e­bra­tion.

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