Who are the Bay of Plenty’s killer exporters? Winners announced BNZ Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards

  • Date Added: 2nd July 2012 from ExportNZ

  • Winners of the BNZ Bay of Plenty ExportNZ awards were named on Friday night in true ‘Cluedo’ mystery style – the theme of the night.

    Guests were treated to what was more like a theatre production, than a usual awards ceremony – with Detective Te Radar and his devious sidekick Ms Scarlett (Ruth Spencer) holding the proceedings in the library complete with secret revolving door.

    ExportNZ BOP Executive Officer Angela Wallace says it was an amazing event, which had a huge buzz around it right from the beginning, with tickets selling out in 48 hours. The theme Cluedo ‘Who are the Bay of Plenty’s killer exporters’ has obviously struck a chord in the export community and the majority of guests had made some effort to dress in theme.

    Judging coordinator Hugh King says that the 2012 Export Awards "has again attracted a high caliber of successful BOP exporters who have survived and grown in the high dollar environment. The finalists and winners reflect a broad portfolio of products, services, innovation and global markets. These are our tall poppies and it great to see them and their teams recognised."

    ExportNZ Bay of Plenty and BNZ Partners congratulate the winners for their outstanding achievements.

    Winner photos are available from Wayne Tait Photography (phone: 027 499 1040).

    The winners of the BNZ Partners Bay of Plenty Export Awards 2012 are:




    United Travel Emerging Exporter of the Year Award:

    United Travel Corporate

    Powersmart Solar
    Page Macrae Innovation in Export Award:

    Page Macrae Engineering

    Doherty Engineered Attachments Ltd
    Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Export Achiever Award:

    Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

    Hemi Rolleston – Te Awanui Huka Pak
    ZESPRI International Service to Export:

    ZESPRI International

    Kay Rogers – United Travel Corporate
    Sharp Tudhope Exporter of the Year Award:

    Sharp Tudhope Lawyers

    Bluelab Corporation Ltd

    United Travel Corporate Logo

    United Travel Emerging Exporter of the Year Award:

    Powersmart Solar

    Powersmart Solar are a specialist integrated energy solutions provider that have carved out a business in the highly competitive solar energy market. They have strong technical and regulatory competencies and have set a great platform for future export success based on installations in the Pacific Islands and Australia.

    Judges' Comments: Powersmart Solar have used guts and determination to establish a significant foot-hold in their industry. Their systems allow for great design and they have an acute understanding of the bottom line. Powersmart Solar has a great team of people supported by energetic and contemporary leadership.

    Other finalists in this category were:

    Page Macrae Engineering Logo

    Page Macrae Innovation in Export Award:

    Doherty Engineered Attachments Ltd

    Doherty Engineered Attachments design, manufacture and market attachments for excavators.

    Doherty Engineered Attachments work hard on the design of their products to ensure they develop simple and effective attachments for their customers. The judges saw a commitment to innovation in design based on a real understanding of customer requirements. This attention to detail ensures product is tried and tested, and ready for use in the market.

    Judges’ Comments: Doherty have engineered innovation into their products and ensured they meet the stringent standards required in their industry. They support their innovation through protection of their intellectual property and a strong brand. Doherty Engineered Attachments have built up a sustainable business to ensure the innovation delivers growth for the company into the future.

    Other finalists in this category were:

    Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Logo

    Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Export Achiever Award:

    Hemi Rolleston, Te Awanui Huka Pak

    Hemi Rolleston, is the CEO of Te Awanui Huka Pak, and has been nominated for this award by Chairman Neil Te Kani.

    In 2009 Hemi was a driving force in a very complex deal which resulted in Te Awanui Huka Pak becoming the largest shareholder of Seeka Industries Ltd.

    He brokered the deal with 12 Maori Trusts to leverage prices and income by creating a collective model.

    Hemi took his mainstream business knowledge and applied it to a Maori model, gracefully articulating the vision of Te Awanui Huka Pak to gain trust, support and the confidence of both the trusts and industry; whilst leading the sensitive transition.

    Hemi was the leader of the 55 strong delegation to Tokyo this year to promote not only fruit quality but Maori culture to give New Zealand’s fruit a point of difference.

    Judges' Comments: The judges felt that Hemi has invested a huge amount of energy, time, sacrifice and passion to deliver this vision and make it an operational and commercial success.

    He possesses great focus to deliver on strategy and allows culture and business to work together for a greater export value, not just now but for generations to come.

    Other finalists in this category were:

    ZESPRI International Logo

    ZESPRI International Service to Export Award:

    Kay Rogers, United Travel Corporate

    This was a complete secret until the awards night, Kay had no idea. Her partner, business partner and Mother all secretly helped get the photos and information for the award. It was major subterfuge!

    Kay has been an energetic and consistent member, sponsor, Executive Committee member and supporter of ExportNZ Bay of Plenty for almost 20 years. Kay was treated to an emotional ‘this is your life’ presentation at the awards.  She is the second woman to join the ranks of ‘Service to Export Award Winners’. Past winners are: Rob Jeffrey ONZM, Jon Mayson, Bob Sievwright, Murray Hill, Murray Davies, Alan Bougen, Lionel Crawley, Graeme Boyd and Catherine Simmons.

    Sharp Tudhope Lawyers Logo

    Sharp Tudhope Exporter of the Year Award:

    Bluelab Corporation Ltd

    Bluelab Corporation design, manufacture and market a range of metering and control equipment for measuring and controlling parameters such as pH, conductivity and temperature. Bluelab’s main aim it to make their customers better at what they do, whether that is growing plants, making sushi or raising fish.

    Judges' Comments: With a focus on understanding their market and knowing where their product needs to be positioned, Bluelab Corporation have seen rapid growth in new product sales. The judges saw this growth backed up by increased production capacity achieved through productivity improvements. Bluelab have thoroughly re-thought and re-engineered their business which has resulted in better performance across the company.

    Bluelab Corporation has shown how a solid brand coupled with excellence in marketing and a focus on production efficiency can contribute to the growth of a strong export business. They have a clear vision of their future, and how their product meets the needs of their customers.

    By identifying and focussing strongly on their consumers and their requirements, Bluelab worked with their stakeholders and brought in specialist external expertise to fundamentally re-position their business. This is delivering for them in the short-term, and opening up exciting opportunities for further growth going forward.

    Other finalists in this category were:

    Click here to watch an interview with Greg Jarvis, Managing Director of Bluelab.

    For more information contact:

    Angela Wallace
    ExportNZ Bay of Plenty Executive Officer
    07 571 0600 or 021 636 373

    Contact winners:

    Powersmart Solar
    Serena England 07 281 1158 or 0800 002269 ext 807

    Doherty Engineered Attachments
    Jeremy Doherty, 021 993 003

    Hemi Rolleston – Te Awanui Huka Pak
    hemi@teawanui.co.nz   021 2213871

    Kay Rogers – United Travel Corporate
    021 489 155 kay.rogers@unitedtravel.co.nz

    Bluelab Corporation Ltd
    Greg Jarvis: 021 464 694 or Mandy Jarvis: 021 605 413
    greg@getbluelab.com; mandy@getbluelab.com

    BNZ Partners BOP Export Awards Winners

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