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Westpac Supreme Business of the Year Award

The Regional Business Partner group, in conjunction with Westpac New Zealand Limited, announced the launch of the Westpac Gisborne Business Excellence Awards (“the Awards”) on January 16, 2012. After three successful Award campaigns, we welcome back our bi-annual event in 2018, with Activate Tairāwhiti taking on the role as lead agent in partnership with Westpac.

Activate Tairāwhiti is proud to partner with Westpac again this year on the Business Excellence Awards. As the economic development agency for the region, we work with business owners every day who are innovative, entrepreneurial, and developing world-class operations right here in Tairāwhiti Gisborne. These awards celebrate their success.

Steve Breen, CEO, Activate Tairāwhiti

Westpac Gisborne Business Excellence Awards 2018

15 February 2018

Join us in celebrating business excellence in the region. Entries, Expressions of Interest and Nominations NOW OPEN.

Key Dates 

Entries close: May 1st 2018, 5pm.
Judging: June - July 2018.
Finalists announced: 17 August 2018.
Awards Presentation and Dinner: Friday 7 September 2018. Famers Air Showgrounds Event Centre.

Why enter?

The awards are an opportunity to gain exposure and recognition whilst celebrating business excellence in Gisborne. Entering the awards will provide an opportunity to be benchmarked against top performers in various industry sectors, demonstrating best practice and innovation.

Benefits to a business entering the awards include:

  • The chance to build public profile
  • The chance to increase business and networking opportunities
  • The chance to win a prestigious award
  • A review of their performance
  • Identification of core strengths and competitive advantages
  • An independent peer group assessment

What are the Categories?

 Supreme Award



Supreme Business Finalists



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Top three finalists from the six ‘Business Excellence’ categories. *Category of Excellence certificates not included.

Business Excellence Certificates

egroup logonewRetail & Trade Excellence
Sponsored by Eastland Group
For any businesses selling goods to end users, including retail businesses and trades that deal directly with the public or end-user.

Tourism & Hospitality Excellence by Tairāwhiti Gisborne
For any businesses whose principal activity is in the Tourism sector including hospitality, accommodation, amenities, transport operators, attractions, event management, sports and entertainment sectors or other visitor-related activities.

gisnetManufacturing & Technology Excellence
Sponsored by GisborneNet
For any businesses involved in the manufacturing and construction sectors and /or adopting technology or a high dependency on technology to thrive.

EITProfessionals & Service Excellence
Sponsored by EIT
For any businesses whose principal activity is in the provision of services to the consumer (e.g. professional services, brokerage businesses, real estate agents etc).

Spark NZCommunity Excellence
Sponsored by Spark, Gisborne Hub
This category recognises management excellence in organisations outside of the private sector including the “not for profit” sector, schools and local government.

bdoFarm, Forestry & Food Excellence
Sponsored by BDO
This category is for any business involved in the production and processing of primary goods regionally, nationally or internationally, and incorporates innovation, product development and recognition of the particular sector to the economy.

Category of Excellence Certificates

turanga health*Health & Wellbeing Excellence
Sponsored by Turanga Health
For any business that realises how it has become increasingly important to demonstrate social responsibility in terms of employees’ health, by developing sustainable wellness practices and cultures within the workplace.

Massy*Start Up Business Excellence
Sponsored by Massey University
For any business that has been operating for less than 3 years and is demonstrating significant successes and growth. The business can show that it has been able to engage in all smart business practises and systems with a vision for long term sustainability.

GDC*Stewardship Excellence
Sponsored by Gisborne District Council
For any business that demonstrates outstanding support for the Tairawhiti community. Their contribution would provide growth in capability of a project, individual or organisation and positively foster sustainability. It may be in the form of sponsorship, goodwill, funding and / or mentoring and the sectors can include environment, social, economic and culture.

Bayleys*Maori Business Excellence
Sponsored by Bayleys
For any business which successfully incorporates Maori identity and values as part of its business operation eg. Logo, branding, on site or mission statement and has been operating for at least two years. The business can be from any business category (e.g retail, distribution etc).

ECT*Micro Business Excellence*
Sponsored by ECT
For any business that has between 1 - 3 FTE’s and delivers a quality product or service consistently with a key focus on customer service.
*Please note this category does not require financials and will not be eligible for one of the Business Excellence Awards, small, medium or large business

Special Awards (discretionary)  may include:

  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Emerging Business Excellence
  • Business Leadership (individual)  

 Judging Process

After the allocation of categories and assessment of entries, two Judges will conduct an initial site visit to each business (maximum of 90 minutes). They will seek further clarification on any aspect of the entry, including financials. The judges may need to undertake a second site visit where they may, for example, make a closer examination of the financials, speak to other staff and spend more time with the business owner.

Get your entries in

 Download the Entry Guidelines and Forms PDF.

For more information, email Awards Coordinator Prue Younger or phone 021 2765484.

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