Busi­ness awards on again this year

Bush Telegraph - - Entertainment & Dining - By STEVE CARLE´

The in­au­gu­ral South­ern Tararua Busi­ness Awards held two years ago were a huge hit ac­cord­ing to one of the or­gan­is­ers, Shirley Hull.

They are on again this year with the sup­port of Trevor Jack­son of Jack­son En­ter­prises — truck body and trailer man­u­fac­tur­ers in Pahiatua, Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil and Pahiatua Cham­ber of Com­merce.

The new or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee of Shirley Hull, Nikki O’Leary, Lance Shear­man and Joel Turner has al­ready opened nom­i­na­tions, with forms avail­able from Prop­erty Bro­kers in Pahiatua or cut out the form be­low.

It comes un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of Pahiatua Cham­ber of Com­merce with Katie Har­ris as chair.

This year’s speaker is Jackie Clarke — en­ter­tainer, singer and co­me­dian.

She was a judge on New Zealand Idol in 2005 and in 2016, she was named Top Fe­male Artist by the Va­ri­ety Artists Club of New Zealand.

“It should be a lot of fun on the night,” said Shirley Hull.

Nom­i­na­tions are open from June 5 to July 6 and the pro­mo­tional cam­paign will run from July 23 to Septem­ber 23.

Judg­ing takes place from Septem­ber 24 to Oc­to­ber 12.

The pre­sen­ta­tion evening will be on Oc­to­ber 13 in Woodville at the Sports Sta­dium.

This will give more room for ticket sales. “It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of peo­ple and busi­nesses with cat­e­gories be­ing the same as the in­au­gu­ral event,” said Shirley.

They are: Em­ployer of the Year, Em­ployee of the Year, Farm Busi­ness, Ru­ral Ser­vice, Trades, Re­tail and Per­sonal, Hospi­tal­ity, Learn­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence, Pro­fes­sional Ser­vice, Man­u­fac­tur­ing and En­gi­neer­ing.

The ge­o­graph­i­cal area runs from Mount Bruce in the south to Woodville in the north out to the east­ern seaboard.

Judges have been cho­sen with busi­ness acu­men and will be in­spect­ing busi­nesses dur­ing the judg­ing phase.

PAHIATUA Cham­ber of Com­merce chair Katie Har­ris with South­ern Tararua Busi­ness Awards com­mit­tee mem­bers Nikki O’Leary, Shirley Hull and Lance Shear­man. Ab­sent: Joel Turner.

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