Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards

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Westpac Supreme Business of the Year (sponsored by Westpac): Corson Grain.


Business excellence trophies

Retail, trade and online businesses (sponsored by The Gisborne Herald):
CK & Co

Tourism and hospitality (sponsored by Tairāwhiti Gisborne):
Nexgen Touring Ltd.

Manufacturing and technology (sponsored by Gisborne Net):
Rua Bioscience.

Professionals and service (sponsored by EIT Tairāwhiti):
ProTraffic Solutions.

Community, not-for-profit and volunteer (sponsored by Pak’n Save):
Farming Women Tairāwhiti.

Farm, forestry and food (sponsored by BDO):
Corson Grain.

Māori-owned business (sponsored by Te Puni Kokiri):
K Williams Shearing and Rewi Haulage.

Sector excellence certificates

Emerging business (sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce):

Employer of the Year (sponsored by Bayleys):
Farm Care Services.

Health and wellbeing excellence (sponsored by Tūranga Health):
ProTraffic Solutions.

Resilience Excellence (sponsored by Gisborne District Council):
Tolaga Bay Innovation.

Environment and sustainability excellence (sponsored by Eastland Group):
Logic Forest Solutions.

Special Award – Young Entrepreneur:
Jenny Currie, People Plus.

Supreme Business Finalists (sponsored by Trust Tairawhiti):
Rua BioScience, ProTraffic Solutions, Corson Grain.


After the success of three business award events, as a bi-annual event, we look at 2021 as celebrating more winners.

Trust Tairāwhiti in conjunction with Westpac New Zealand Limited is pleased to launch the Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards for 2021.

The Objectives of the Awards

To provide a competition that celebrates the regions resilient and successful businesses and profiles the nominees and the economic diversity of the region over the last 12 months of adversity.

What’s Happening in 2021

  • Awards Presentation & Dinner – Friday 18 June 2021 at Showgrounds Event Centre
  • Master of Ceremony Jeremy Corbett, TV Raconteur
  • New Ownership & fully supported by Trust Tairāwhiti
  • Total of 15 Awards – 11 Trophies – 4 Certificate Categories
  • Focus on resilience and celebration post the last 12 months

WPA Dinner

Click on the Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards 2021 image above to book in for the Presentation & Dinner.


Entry Details & Guidelines

Entry Information

Expression of Interest


After the success of four business award events, as a bi annual event, we look at 2021 as celebrating more winners. Trust Tairāwhiti in conjunction with Westpac New Zealand Limited are pleased to launch the Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards for 2021.

Why would your business enter?

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

Benefits to businesses entering the awards will 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

Westpac’s Sponsorship

Westpac is involved in national awards for tourism, franchising, retail, agriculture and the restaurant industry. In conjunction with local chambers of commerce and enterprise and industry associations, it is committed to supporting growth and celebrating excellence. Westpac is providing support through:

  • The National Awards Framework
  • Internal promotion
  • Major financial contribution
  • The involvement of Westpac Business Managers
  • An association with the other 10 award programmes throughout New Zealand

To that end Westpac NZ is the principal sponsor, and includes the Tairāwhiti Awards in its national/ regional Business Award programme in which similar sponsorship is provided to a further ten award programmes throughout New Zealand.

Trust Tairāwhiti Sponsorship

“Trust Tairāwhiti is proud to partner with Westpac again this year on the Business Excellence Awards.
Under our Regional Wellbeing framework, He Tohu Ora - the economy, or Ohanga, is one of our six Muka, or outcome statements, which help guide our investments and operational focus.
Under the economy Muka we work with business owners to ensure the Tairāwhiti economy is diverse, resilient and regenerative.
These awards celebrate the businesses that are creating this sort of positive impact in our communities and are helping to shape a region of shared pride, shared prosperity and shared opportunity.”

Gavin Murphy
CEO, Trust Tairāwhiti

Entry Timeline

Please read this section carefully.

Entries Open
An entry form is available at the end of the guidelines (pages 7-19) or alternatively you can find an online version here.

Entries Close
MARCH 31 2021
All completed entries must be received by the Awards coordinator or Trust Tairāwhiti on or before 5pm.

Judging Process
After the allocation of categories and initial 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 spend more time with the business owner on specific details.

Finalists Announced
MAY 2021
Public acknowledgement will be promoted through local media, social media and website.

Westpac Tairāwhiti Business Excellence Awards Ceremony 2021 - Presentation and Dinner
Announcement of category finalists, winners and the overall Westpac Supreme Business of the Year will be made at the Awards function at the Showgrounds Event Centre.
Bookings will be essential - LIMITED.
Tickets $100 per person (includes 3 course menu - cash bar). 


For all enquiries please contact:

Awards Coordinator
Jo Ware 021 298 4690

c/o Trust Tairāwhiti,
PO Box 800, Gisborne 4040
50 The Esplanade, Shed Three, Floor 1,
Gisborne 4010