In­dus­trial Park takes top ac­co­lade

Te Puke Times - - FRONT PAGE - By KIRI GILLE­SPIE and STU­ART WHI­TAKER

It came out of the blue, but a fa­ther and son team took the supreme win­ner’s crown at this year’s Te Puke Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards. Jel­li­coe In­dus­trial Park was win­ner of the Ag/Hort/ In­dus­trial cat­e­gory at Fri­day’s awards.

Di­rec­tor John Dohnt said he was blown away when he re­alised the in­dus­trial park was also named supreme win­ner.

“I had been won­der­ing ‘who the heck is go­ing to get this one?’. It came right out of the blue. It took me about 10 sec­onds to get my brain around it,” he said.

Judges noted the in­dus­trial park has a de­tailed and well thought-out 10-year strate­gic plan. It is sup­port­ive and ac­tive in at­tract­ing new busi­ness to Te Puke and meet­ing spe­cific cus­tomer re­quire­ments for com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial ac­tiv­ity.

“They op­er­ate with ex­cel­lent busi­ness sys­tems and they are com­mit­ted to the well be­ing, growth and de­vel­op­ment of the Te Puke dis­trict.

“They are a busi­ness of sig­nif­i­cant scale with plans for con­tin­u­ing growth.”

John runs the busi­ness with son War­ren and it was this part­ner­ship he felt made it a suc­cess.

“We’ve put lots of thought, lots of hours and lots of worry into it and we’ve built our­selves a pretty good lit­tle busi­ness,” said John.

“Well, it’s quite a big busi­ness ac­tu­ally.”

He said the park has ex­panded over the past cou­ple of years and he was ex­cited about the fu­ture.

“That’s down to my son com­ing in with me. It’s a new gen­er­a­tion. There’s more drive there than us old fel­las. We com­ple­ment each other well. “If you don’t have the vibe, pas­sion, vi­sion and am­bi­tion, you aren’t go­ing to get any­where.”

John said the awards are good for Te Puke.

“It gives the chance for busi­nesses to dis­play their abil­ity and man­age­ment skills and get recog­nised for that.” Street to Surf Cloth­ing, The Daily Cafe, Dob­sons, and Kan­sai Sushi were also recog­nised as win­ners in their fields and Jenny Wot­ton was named Te Puke’s Em­ployee of the Year.

Te Puke Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Group manag­ing di­rec­tor Mark Boyle said each of the win­ners had demon­strated high per­for­mance and had striven for ex­cel­lence.

“In the case of the supreme win­ner, they were deemed to be out­stand­ing, very strate­gic and they were fo­cused on growth and what Te Puke needs in the in­dus­try sec­tor,” Boyle said.

Com­men­da­tions went to Taryn Komene from Tony’s Ke­babs and Piz­zas, Arch­way Group, Mitre 10, Pon­gakawa Ser­vice Cen­tre, Tarnix Se­cu­rity and Marigold Cafe.

Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Web­ber said in his view Te Puke would con­tinue to grow, and that he thought de­vel­op­ment at the Rangiuru Busi­ness Park would start in “the not too dis­tant fu­ture”.

“In terms of Rangiuru the wider Te Puke Com­mu­nity owes a debt of grat­i­tude to Mark Boyle for his re­lent­less drive to bring that project to fruition.”

The awards were themed to the Sikh cul­ture, and Mark ac­knowl­edged the “huge con­tri­bu­tion” the In­dian com­mu­nity made to Te Puke busi­ness.

Sir Gor­don Ti­et­jens was the evening’s guest speaker and one of the high­lights was the pre­sen­ta­tion of a spe­cial award to ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tion Des and Shirley McGre­gor, who re­cently re­tired, have made to the Te Puke com­mu­nity and econ­omy since they ar­rived in the town in 1960.

We’ve put lots of thought, lots of hours and lots of worry into it and we’ve built our­selves a pretty good lit­tle busi­ness. Well, it’s quite a big busi­ness ac­tu­ally. — John Dohnt Di­rec­tor of supreme win­ner Jel­li­coe In­dus­trial Park

■ The Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards also saw the launch of a new video pro­mot­ing Te Puke — go to the TePukeTV chan­nel on You Tube to see it.

Michelle Old­field from Ben­netts Proac­tive, Jenny Dohnt, John Dohnt, War­ren Dohnt and Lance Ewens from Ben­netts Proac­tive af­ter Jel­li­coe In­dus­trial Park was named Supreme win­ner of this year’s Te Puke Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards.

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