Kapiti Horowhenua Business of the Year

Saturday 2 October 2010, 12:01AM

By Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards



> An Otaki IT security consulting company has been named Electra Business of the Year for Horowhenua and Kapiti.

Aura Software Security is now one of New Zealand’s leading IT security companies with customers in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney and London. Its world-class experts are popular as presenters on advances in IT security around the world, including Asia, USA and Europe.

The company is headquartered in the Otaki Gorge, with new offices springing up in the Wellington CBD with Auckland and Christchurch soon behind.

Aura Software Security took out three of this year’s business awards categories: Customer Service, New Thinking and Hi Growth.

The business awards were announced at a gala dinner in Levin, fronted by entertainer Frankie Stevens on Friday evening 1 October 2010.

> Highly Commended for Electra Business of the year was Levin New World Supermarket. It won two categories: Operational Capability and Sustainability.

This is a family owned and operated local business employing more than 170 team members. The premises have been recently extended and renovated and there have been new additions to the business services. It supports local community events such as the Horowhenua Balloon Festival,a health shuttle, adopt an ANZAC, a hospice, Keep New Zealand Beautiful, schools, playcentres, sports and community groups.

> Other category winners were:
Marketing & image Building and Emerging Business: Monteith’s Brewery Bar Kapiti Junction (Paraparaumu) – This bar, restaurant and function room aims at providing good times, great food and exceptional beer. The aim is to create great customer experiences for every visit.
Staff Development and Health & Safety: Prenail Systems (Levin) – Servicing the lower half of the North Island, this firm specialises in the manufacture of frames, trusses and associated timber products.
Regional Branding & Promotion: Te Horo Foods (Kapiti) – Specialises in exceptional fruit jams and marmalade using only 100% Pure New Zealand fruit and nothing more than natural sugar. It follows traditional tried-and-true family recipes.
Small Business: Allen Paper (Paraparaumu) – From humble beginnings in a Raumati South garage to a new purpose built paper processing facility, this business has become a leading paper packaging supplier for the hospitality and industrial sectors nationwide.
Not For Profit: Ohau Playcentre (Horowhenua) – At this facility children and families learn and grow together as competent and confident individuals, ready and able to think and inspired for a life of learning