BNZ Partners BOP Export Award Finalists 2011

Thursday 12 May 2011, 7:43AM
By Export New Zealand


Finalists have been chosen for the five categories in the BNZ Partners Bay of Plenty Export Awards 2011.

This year has attracted the most entries ever received for these awards. The entries have been of such a high quality that the judges have been unable to narrow down the finalists to the usual three, and in two cases there are an unprecedented five finalists. Judging Coordinator Hugh King says that ‘it is remarkable that at a time where we are hearing how tough it is to do export business out there that we have had such a high number of entries and all finalists are strong contenders to take the top spots’.

The finalists are:
The United Travel Corporate Emerging Exporter of the Year Award:
• Powersmart Solar
• Doherty Engineered Attachments Ltd
• Kiwi Closures Ltd
• Surtees Boats Ltd

The Page Macrae Innovation Award:
• International Roofing Ltd
• Triodent Ltd
• Kiwifruitz
• Downer NZ
• Automation and Electronics

The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Achiever Award:
• Jeff Oldham – Downer NZ
• Lance Eagle – International Roofing
• Nigel Patmore – Automation and Electronics

ZESPRI International Service to Export Award: the winner is a secret until the awards night.

The Sharp Tudhope Exporter of the Year Award:
• Taura Natural Ingredients
• Automation and Electronics
• International Roofing
• Triodent Ltd
• Downer NZ

Finalists will be celebrated and winners announced at a gala dinner event at the Bay Park Convention Centre in Mt Maunganui on Friday, June 24, with MC and Impersonator Extraordinaire – Simon McKinney.

This night of ceremonies is promised to be a fun and not-to-be-missed event for the Bay business community on the theme ‘A night aboard the Orient Express’.

With 45 days to go, there are only 30 tickets left to sell, so yet again, the BNZ Partners Bay of Plenty Export awards will be held in front of a sell-out crowd.