Awards Category Overview


Business Excellence Awards Categories

(Emerging, Small, Medium, Large) - Awards recognise the business that best positions itself against competitors and other businesses to achieve outstanding results and maintain a culture of excellence.  These Award winners go in for the Supreme Business Excellence Award.


Julians Berry Farm and Cafe

Best Emerging Business (operating less than 2 years as at 31/03/2018) There is judge's discretion. Please contact us for more information.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Excellence in Business - Small Business (1-5 FTE employees)

Focus Chartered Accountants

Excellence in Business - Medium Business (6-15 FTE employees)

Nova Energy           

Excellence in Business - Large Business (16+ FTE employees)

Business Practice Excellence Awards 

For the Awards below which call for nominations, you can email

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi - Business Entrepreneurship Award

This is in recognition of a person or business displaying entrepreneurship and innovation with the capacity and willingness to develop, organise and mange a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit.  The entrepreneurial spirit is characterised by innovation.

How to enter: Send up to 150 word explanation why you or the person you are nominating deserves to win.


Sun FM - Leadership Award

This is a business leader who has contributed to the community.  The winner of this award is decided by the alumni of previous award winners.  No nominations are accepted for this award.


New World Whakatane - Emerging Leader of the Year

To recognise the rising star working in the Eastern Bay Business Community, aged between 18 and 40. They will be making a considerable contribution to their organisation through leadership and innovation, including extending their involvement and leadership within the wider community.

How to enter: Send up to 150 word explanation why you or the person you are nominating deserves to win.



Bay of Connections - Excellence in Sustainable Practices Award

This award will be to recognize organizations that practice cultural, environmental, social and economic bottom lines.  Entries for this award are part of the Excellence Award entry.


Toi-EDA - Excellence in Economic Development Award

This is a business that is contributing to the economic development of the community.  A business will be contacted for an interview. 


LinkUp Toi-EDA - Connecting Rangatahi, Education and the World of Work Award

This award recognizes good practice between businesses and schools to create innovative work based opportunities and experiences for rangatahi and young people.

How to enter: Email for the information pack.


Disabilities Resource Centre - Excellence in Service, Creativity, Positive Attitude

This award is designed to recognize employees or volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty in their jobs, whether it's by putting in extra hours, initiating innovative programs or helping to create a positive environment with their positive attitude and ensures the business maintains a culture of excellence.

How to enter: Send up to 150 word explanation why you or the person you are nominating deserves to win.