For a small community of 17,000 people across Te Puke – which ranges from the Papamoa Hills to Otamarakau – the enthusiasm never wavers to celebrate business excellence, says Mark Boyle from the organisers, the Te Puke Economic Development Group.
Award winners were scheduled to be announced on Friday, October 26 with guest speaker Gordon Tietjens.
“We are a unique small community with considerable economic activity, particularly in the horticultural sector with Kiwifruit. Te Puke has a proud tradition of business people making a significant contribution on the world stage.”
This year the awards have six categories, including the Horticulture, Agriculture, Industrial, Retail, Services and Food & Beverage sectors, with New Emerging Business, Employee of the Year and a Supreme Award winner selected from the category winners. Westpac Te Puke’s Tracey Fleming is the head judge.
Longstanding supporting businesses include principal sponsor Bennetts Proactive, Zespri, Trevelyans, BUPA Te Puke and Western Bay District Council.