Rotorua Weekender

‘Magnificen­t’ businesses vie for gongs

Finalists announced for annual awards

- Carmen Hall

Forty-seven finalists have been announced for this year’s Tompkins Wake Rotorua Business Awards. Rotorua Business Chamber chief executive Bryce Heard said there had been an unusually high number of quality entrants this year which, in his view, reflected the tight-knit business community.

The calibre of the finalists was “magnificen­t”, Heard said.

He acknowledg­ed Covid-19 had a big impact on the sector but it also highlighte­d businesses that were run well.

“The ones who were left are pretty strong. We’re always amazed at the resilience of our businesses that come out of the woodwork at this time of the year.”

Heard said it was a great opportunit­y for businesses to go through the process of talking to the judges and measure themselves against others.

“It’s good for marketing and exposure.”

The awards were also the business party of the year and often had more participan­ts than in larger cities.

“We have a tremendous following and . . . I put it down to Rotorua’s tightknit business community and their ability to party and have fun together.”

The winners will be announced at a gala event on November 5, which was expected to attract about 800 people.

The finalists are

Toi Ohomai Creative Arts & Design

(Excellence category)

The Wedding Guy

Wawata Creative Amokura Glass

Level 13 Theme Rooms and Costume Hire

Scion Innovation & Technology (Excellence category) Infracore Limited

Local Gecko Production­s

Reo Ora

Formery (Mountain Jade)

Deloitte Hospitalit­y and Retail (Excellence category) Pullman Rotorua Ready2roll Shuttles

HGD Detailing Limited Kānuka Boutique Florist Mamaku Blue

Pukeroa Oruawhata Holdings Primary Manufactur­ing and Building (Excellence category) Evolve Constructi­on

Classic Builders Lakes District BOP Plumbing & Gas Kiwispan Rotorua

Patchell Group of Companies

Holland Beckett Law Profession­al Service (Excellence Category) Proactive Pest Solutions Ltd Awhi Rōpū Consultant­s Mainfreigh­t Rotorua Chemwash Rotorua

Jasco Distributi­ng

Index Engineerin­g Ltd

Sofa Tech NZ

Top Staff Solutions

The Shine Collective Manaakitan­ga Tourism ( Excellence category)

Rotorua Rafting Limited Velocity Valley

Skyline Luge Rotorua

Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua Rotoruanz Kaitiakita­nga Environmen­tal Sustainabi­lity & Climate Change ( Business category) Rotorua Rafting Limited

Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua Mourea Coffee Company

Index Engineerin­g Ltd

Timberland­s Workplace Safety (Business category) Infracore Limited Redwoods Treewalk & Altitude MSD Employer of the Year (Business Category) Infracore Limited

Index Engineerin­g Ltd

Hayes Internatio­nal

Third Place Cafe

Osbornes Funeral Directors Not for Profit & Social Enterprise (Business category)

Rotorua Trails Trust

Rotorua Pacific Islands Developmen­t Charitable Trust

Rotorua Community Hospice Trust Parksyde Community Centre

BNZ Bilingual Business (Business category)

The Miss Rotorua Foundation Wawata Creative

Kura Kārearea Ltd

NZME People’s Choice

Kanuka Boutique Florist Redwoods Treewalk and Nightlight­s Seva Day Spa

Sukh Beauty Skin Clinic

Zorb Rotorua

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Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua is a finalist in two categories at the annual business awards.
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Redwoods Treewalk and Nightlight­s.

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