Northland Business Excellence Awards 2021
More FM Customer Choice Award
The Northern Advocate Hall of Fame Inductee
He Poutama Taitamariki Award

Introducing your Westpac Northland Business Champions

The Westpac Northland Business Champions 2020 awards took place at Forum North on Friday night, 6 November.  In a year impacted by drought, Covid-19 and flooding, this one-off special event gave Northlander’s a chance to shine a light on those businesses  and business people in their communities who displayed champion qualities such as leadership, community mindedness, innovation and resilience.

Over 2500 individual nominations were received for 244 Northland businesses and individuals across five business categories and eight specialist categories. Finalists were selected based on the number of nominations, and then an independent panel of judges had the difficult task of choosing the category winners and the ultimate Westpac Northland Business Champion – Supreme Leadership winner.

Steve Smith, NorthChamber CEO said, “It has been heart-warming and inspiring to read about the business champions in our region. Feedback from the nominations indicates we are a business community of pro-active, resilient, creative, adaptable, and kind folk. Our future success lies in more of the same.

Download the full winners and finalists announcement here

Westpac Northland Business Champions  – Supreme Leadership

Winner
Jessie Rose Boutique, Forever Love Caskets and Inspire Art Studio

Judges Comments

Jessie Rose and her business stood out because of the complexity and success of the response to Covid-19 and other 2020 disasters. Forced into the world of online teaching for the delivery of painting classes, she changed her ways of doing business and expanded on those learnings to build new product offerings and outlets for her creativity while at the same time providing those stuck at home an outlet for their feelings around Covid restrictions and a way to continue something ‘normal’.

A significant decline in the death rate and changes to the way funerals were conducted led to changes and new opportunities in her casket decorating business. Rather than being overwhelmed by a personal tragedy, she directed her response into the establishment of a space in her premises where others with similar experiences could come without judgment or expectation. She took time to reflect on the business, where the strengths are and where she could diversify and improve – and took action on what she found. Every dark experience was turned into a positive and the business thrived as a result, with all of her activities based on sound ecological principles.

In Jessie’s words: “The positive from Covid is that it has validated that what we are doing is working and impacts people’s lives. We have made a difference.”

 

NorthTec Northland Business Champion – Business Person (Individual)

Finalists
Steve MacMillan – Northpower
Jessie Rose – Jessie Rose Boutique, Forever Love Caskets and Inspire Art Studio
Jennifer Andrews – Regent Training

Winner
Jessie Rose – Jessie Rose Boutique, Forever Love Caskets and Inspire Art Studio

 

Northland Document Solutions Northland Business Champion – Micro Business (1-3FTE)

Finalists
Wild Ivy Flowers and Gifts
Jessie Rose Boutique, Forever Love Caskets and Inspire Art Studio
KeriCentral Hostel

Winner
Jessie Rose Boutique, Forever Love Caskets and Inspire Art Studio

 

Henderson Reeves Northland Business Champion – Small Business(4-8FTE)

Finalists
David’s Pharmacy
Blush Beauty Therapy
Heads Up Adventures

Winner
David’s Pharmacy

 

Marsden Maritime Holdings Northland Business Champions – Medium Business (10-24FTE)

Finalists
BestStart Maunu VillageNor
thAble Matapuna Hauora

Winner
NorthAble Matapuna Hauora

 

Vodafone Northland Business Champion – Large Business (25+FTE)

Finalists
Northern Districts Security
The Jetsons Group, incorporating No 8 Restaurant, the Cove Café, the Dune Mangawhai Restaurant and Bar, and The Quay
PAK’nSAVE
Kensington Pharmacy

Winner
PAK’nSAVE Whangarei

 

Accident Compensation Corporation Workplace Safety Champion

Finalists
Hone Heke Lodge
Jennifer Andrews from Regent Training Centre
Aligned Movement

Winner
Aligned Movement

 

Northland Regional Council Environmental Business Champion

Finalists
Gathered
HeadsUp Adventures
Kohatu Development Ltd
Digital Wings

Winner
HeadsUp Adventures Ltd

 

Top Energy Not for Profit Champion

Finalist
Northland Arts Centre
Rugby For Life Community Partnership Programme

Winner
Northland Arts Centre

 

Northland Inc Innovation Champion

Finalists
Aligned Movement
Best Start Maunu Village
Digital Wings

Winner
Aligned Movement

 

Creative Northland Creative Industries Champion

Finalist
Jessie Rose Boutique, Forever Love Caskets and Inspire Art Studio
Wild Ivy Flowers and Gifts
MD Gallery

Winner
MD Gallery

 

More FM Customer Choice Champion

Finalists
Wild Ivy Flowers and Gifts
Blush Beauty Therapy
KeriCentral Hostel
Aligned Movement
David’s Pharmacy
Jessie Rose Boutique, Forever Love Caskets and Inspire Art Studio MC

Winner
Jessie Rose Boutique, Forever Love Caskets and Inspire Art Studio

 

Ministry of Social Development He Poutama Taitamariki Champion (Youth Employee of the Year)

Finalists
Anahera Pickering – Whangarei Youth Space
Jared Johnston – Northland Scaffolding

Winner
Jared Johnston from Northland Scaffolding

 

The Northern Advocate Northland Business Hall of Fame Inductee

Inductee
Sandra McKersey

 

For further information contact
Paulette Scrooby – Community Relationship Manager
021 212 6903
comms@northchamber.co.nz

Or

Steve Smith – Chief Executive Officer
027 444 1010
ceo@northchamber.co.nz
www.northchamber.co.nz

 

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