Matamata Chronicle

Hunt on for local business heroes


In 2020, all of New Zealand was plunged into one of the strangest moments in our history.

Covid-19 had reached our shores, and to minimise its spread the nation went into lockdown.

Quoc Tran and Thuy Vu own the Four Square at Waikanae Beach on the Ka¯ piti Coast.

When lockdown hit, they immediatel­y dropped tools to help the vulnerable members of their community.

‘‘If someone needs help, I help them,’’ says Quoc. ‘‘When lockdown happened, we delivered to the elderly for free.’’

Quoc is originally a refugee from Vietnam. When he arrived in New Zealand he didn’t know any English, and worked very hard to buy his business.

In 2020, he was nominated as a Prospa Local Business Hero for his commitment to his community – and took out the main prize.

‘‘Our reward in running the store is the gratitude and relationsh­ips we build with our customers. Some of them are even our personal friends. Receiving this award exemplifie­s how much we are supported by them. This is extremely meaningful for us.

‘‘Business is more than just profit. You have to give to get, and by being selfless and giving to the community, this will make your business prosper.’’

Jazz Singh’s parents own Bossman Dairy in Napier. In 2021 they won the Prospa Local Business Hero Award.

‘‘My dad was so grateful to be nominated,’’ says Jazz. ‘‘He doesn’t do this for money or recognitio­n. He always says that money comes and goes but what you do stays on as your legacy. It’s about respect, for yourself and for others. That’s an important part of our culture.’’

Jazz says their family is committed to support their community no matter what.

‘‘My parents know what it means to struggle. When they see someone doing it tough, it reminds them of what they experience­d and it makes them happy they’re now in a position to help.’’

Managing director of Prospa NZ Adrienne Begbie says there’s never been a more important time to shine the spotlight on small businesses and say ‘‘thank you’’ to the hardworkin­g Kiwis who run them.

‘‘The past few years have been a strong reminder of how vital local communitie­s are. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with Neighbourl­y and bring back our annual Prospa Local Business Hero Awards in 2022 to acknowledg­e those small

After two big years, it’s time to tell your favourite small businesses you love them by nominating them for the Prospa Local Business Hero campaign. Simply tell us a bit about why your favourite local business should be named 2022 Prospa Local Business Hero, and both you and the business could be in to win some awesome prizes.

Find out more at neighbourl­y.­ro

business heroes making a difference. If you want to recognise a local business that has gone above and beyond in your community, nominate them today.’’

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Gurjyot Singh, left, and Jagjiwan Singh, of Bossman Dairy.
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