Congratulations to the 2021 Award Winners


Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology: Creative Arts & Design Award
Redwoods Treewalk & Nightlights

“Entering the Tompkins Wake Rotorua Business Awards is how we ensure we are doing and continue to do business better, the process of the application makes you look at the core drivers and fundamentals of your business against best practice."
Bruce Thomasen, Redwoods Treewalk & Nightlights


Scion: Innovation & Technology Award
Salt + Tonic

"It wasn't until we entered the Tompkins Wake Rotorua Business Awards that we realised how easily we had forgotten all the great projects from the previous 12 months - and the work we had been involved with from around the world. The Awards process allowed us to step back and acknowledge all the work we had completed, the massive effort the team had undertaken and be recognised for competing on the world stage, which was a very affirming process." 
Matt Browning Director Salt + Tonic


Deloitte: Hospitality & Retail Award
McLeods Booksellers Ltd

"Winning last year was wonderful validation of all our efforts during a difficult time in business. the feedback we had from customers when we won was so positive and boosted our spirits. It was great to be a part of a night celebrating local business and a really fun experience".
Jemma, Manager McLeods Booksellers Ltd


The Shine Collective: Manaakitanga Tourism Award
Rotorua Canopy Tours

"We entered the Manaakitanga award to give our team the recognition within the local business community for the success over the challenging couple of years through Covid. For businesses thinking about entering the awards, for us, it was great for local brand building and also to support the great work the Chamber do".
Rotorua Canopy Tours, Managing Director Paul Button


Pukeroa Oruawhata Holdings: Primary Manufacturing & Building Award
BOP Plumbing & Gas

"It was such an honour to win the Primary Manufacturing & Building award. It is a testament to the hard work of our entire team and the great culture we work hard to provide.  Our “why” at BOP Plumbing & Gas is; to come to work with family, so that we can support our family. Kia haere mai ki te mahi mo te whanau, kia taea ai matou te tautoko I to maatau whanau".
Sarah Jamieson, Commercial Manager BOP Plumbing and Gas


Holland Beckett: Professional Services Award
The Shine Collective

“It was an honour to receive the Holland Beckett: Professional Services Award last year, which recognises some of the incredible mahi we've been part of – and the business that we have worked very hard to create. The award has reinforced that our plans are on track and that we have built a great culture that supports our work with clients. In turn, it confirms our place in the Rotorua business community and the contribution we make to the wider hapori."
The Shine Collective, Managing Director Jacky James


 Rotorua Economic Development: Kaitiakitanga Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change Award
Waimangu Volcanic Valley



ACC: Workplace Safety Award
Hayes International

“Winning the ACC Workplace Safety Award was fantastic recognition for all our staff of how working together collectively can bring true rewards for all”
Marion Clarricoats, HR Manager Hayes International


EMA: Employer of the Year Award
InfraCore Ltd

“Being a double finalist in the 2021 Tompkins Wake Rotorua Business Chamber awards provided an incredible boost to the InfraCore team, and was a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work and effort that InfraCore performs to make Rotorua the beautiful city that it is. Taking the Employer of the Year Award is very special to us, and is testament to how much we value our employees and shows how important they are to us.”
Emma Murray, CEO InfraCore Ltd.


Ministry of Social Development: Not for Profit & Social Enterprise Award
Ka Pai Kai Rotorua Charitable Trust

"It was really great to win the Not for Profit and Social Enterprise Award that gives recognition to all the volunteers who have helped us get where we are today. This was great for team morale to be formally recognized for the work we do. I recommend this opportunity to other businesses to enter the awards as it has been such a valuable experience for us."
Joe Dorset, General Manager Ka Pai Kai Rotorua Charitable Trust


BNZ: Bilingual Business Award
Rotoiti 15 Trust

“Nō mātou o Rotoiti15 Trust te hōnore, kia whiwhi i tēnei taonga reorua mō te  tau 2021. 
He mea whakanui i te reo Māori me ōna tini hua i roto i te ao pakihi, ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa ki hea.
E ai ki te korero “ko te reo Māori te mauri, o te mana Māori” na reira tukuna te reo ki a rere, kia rangona whanuitia e te ao!”
Kerri Anne Hancock, Tauwharenga (GM) Rotoiti 15 Trust


 NZME: People's Choice Award
Ka Pai Kai Rotorua Charitable Trust

"This was a wonderful acknowledgement from our community. It gave us really good publicity and created a buzz around our Kaupapa. Winning the People's Choice Award exposed our business to more people who want to help us achieve our business outcomes."
Joe Dorset, General Manager Ka Pai Kai Rotorua Charitable Trust


Rotorua Lakes Council: Outstanding Contribution to Rotorua Award
Rotorua Multicultural Council

"The Rotorua Multicultural Council won the Rotorua Lakes Council's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Rotorua. As an organisation based largely on the input of volunteers it was a wonderful recognition for the contributions that these migrants make to the successful settlement in Rotorua of newcomers from their home countries. Any community organisation will benefit by participating in the Tompkins Wake Rotorua Business Awards in 2022. Completing the entry form and speaking to the judges provide opportunities to reflect on how and why you are doing what your are doing, and this may well lead to improved practices."
Dr Margriet Theron ONZM, Rotorua Multicultural Council


Red Stag: Business Person of the Year Award
Colin Sargison

"I couldn't believe it! I was thrilled. I thought it was really good to recognise a forestry business, as forestry is the backbone of this region, I would like to encourage other businesses to enter".
Colin Sargison, Red Stag Wood Solutions


Tompkins Wake: Supreme Winner Award
Redwoods Treewalk & Nightlights

Entering the Awards annually is a great thing. I would say it is the perfect litmus test for how you are operating your business. With every award(s) we enter (locally, nationally or internationally) we learn more about what we have done, are doing and how we can make our business easier, safer and better. ”
Bruce Thomasen, Redwoods Treewalk & Nightlights