Excellence and Achievement Awards Winners and Finalists 2017

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ELECTRA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2017
Sponsor: Electra
Winner: Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre
Judges Comments:  “The strategic drive of this company is underpinned by a complete and seamless suite of planning processes and instruments, each carefully synchronised with the other. Sally has a very persuasive long-term vision for the company with a sharp eye for detail, providing the driving force, passion and personality that has seen the company grow to its current position of eminence in its sector, underpinned by strong financial performance. We are very proud to see this company as an overall winner in this year’s awards”.
HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARD 2017
Sponsor: Kapiti Retirement Trust
Winner: Kapiti PAK’nSAVE
Judges Comments: “This business is to be congratulated for its overall success and the qualities of its management team. With the introduction of new systems and tools, fine-tuning of its
marketing approach and other initiatives, the long term future and growth of this business seems to be secured and the judges were delighted to see PAK’nSAVE back again this year topping other applicants in two Excellence categories.”
EXCELLENCE AWARD: Owner Operator
Sponsor: Star People HR & Recruitment
Winner: Kiwi Hearing
Judges Comments: “The judges congratulate this business on its performance since its establishment in 2016 and commend the market research undertaken to date and the clear marketing and sales objectives in place to facilitate ongoing growth.”
Finalists:   CrossFit Horowhenua |  MES Kapiti – Mower & Engineering Services Limited|  Sudbury  |
EXCELLENCE AWARD: Small Business
Sponsor: Whitireia New Zealand
Winner: Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre  
Judges Comments:  “The success of this company and its delivery is apparent in the very high number of attendances right across its range of offerings with strong repeat and advance bookings making this a vital market leader in several sectors.”
Finalists: Inpro Group |  Jomp Hair Design  |   Tomm Limited   |
EXCELLENCE AWARD: Medium Business
Sponsor: GTB IT Solutions Limited
Winner: Paula’s Furniture & Beds
Judges Comments:  “The creativity, leadership, organisational and marketing skills coupled with its strategic direction, action planning and key performance indicators have again produced an extremely viable, vital and worthy entrant into the awards.”
Finalists: Four Square ShannonEXCELLENCE AWARD: Large BusinessSponsor:HMC Kapiti/HMC Levin
Winner:  Kapiti PAK’nSAVE
Judges Comments:  “PAK’nSAVE Kapiti, both as a stand-alone and franchise business, strives to be a leader in this region and their sector through being well resourced with a comprehensive suite of plans and processes and the right people to carry these through into sales”.
Finalists: Mills Albert Limited |  Summerset on the Coast  |
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Health & Safety
Sponsor: G.J. Gardner Homes Kapiti/Wellington
Winner: Mills Albert Limited
Judges Comments:  “Mills Albert have a very robust Health and Safety system with clear objectives and principles right across their teams and all other persons on their premises. The judges were also impressed with how these initiatives fit their overall leadership, teambuilding and benchmarking performance.”
Finalists: Fix It Roofing Limited  |
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sustainability
Sponsor: Nikau Foundation
Winner: Kapiti PAK’nSAVE 
Judges Comments: “Even though being part of a bigger operation, PAK’nSAVE Kapiti has continued to lead the region in all aspects of sustainability and is a significant innovator with a local focus on improving their environmental footprint and that of the region.”
Finalists:  Bruce Jack Panel & Paint  |
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: New Thinking
Sponsor: RedShield Security Limited
Winner: Tomm Limited
Judges Comments: “The company set up unique partnerships and systems to develop and monitor youth outcomes. They have developed a culture where innovation and inspiration take first place and its approach to service delivery has used new thinking to achieve a viable business at a faster rate than normal.”
Finalists:  Kapinua  |  Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre  |
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Emerging Business
Sponsor: Deans & Associates
Winner: Tomm Ltd
Judges Comments: “The judges commend this business for putting in place the core ingredients for making an emerging company succeed like professional advisors and the complete integration of its values into their strategic planning. The company stands out as one of the fastest-growing emerging businesses in the region.”
Finalists:  Kiwi Hearing  |  Sudbury  |
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Employer of Choice
Sponsor: Turk’s Poultry Farm
Winner: Kapiti PAK’nSAVE
Judges Comments: “The company employs very good methods to keep staff informed and involved at all times. It has excellent formal recruitment processes and the judges commend the business for maintaining a culture in which performance is actually driven by openness, honesty and trust.”
Finalists:  Four Square Shannon  |  Jomp Hair Design
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: It’s Great to be Here!
Sponsor: Coastlands Shoppingtown
Winner: Kapinua
Judges Comments:  “The judges applaud the clarity and purposefulness of Kapinua’s vision, which together with their leadership style and team engagement, shows that a business with national Customers and international aspirations can operate successfully from our wonderful region.”
Finalists:  Bin Inn Kapiti Wholefoods & Deli  |  Four Square Shannon  |  Kiwi Hearing |