Home' Special Magazines : Auckland North Business Awards Contents 14 NORTH SHORE TIMES, AUGUST 18, 2011
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The Rodney Times,
proud sponsors of the
North Business Awards
2011, congratulates all
finalists and winners
on their outstanding
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and benefit greatly from this local recognition -- just
like we did," says CEO, Paul O'Brien.
"We are delighted to be a sponsor in 2011. Exporting is
crucial for our country as a whole. We need innovative
and value added New Zealand products to be sold off
shore to pay for our iPhones, Blackberry's, LCDs and
Plasma TVs and the like. If we can inspire other SMEs
to be successful off shore then we will have done
something positive for the economy in New Zealand."
EasiYo is a nutritional company in the global wellness
sector offering a unique product that is high in protein,
high in calcium, low in sugar, fat and GI and has no
preservatives, artificial or thickening agents. Most
importantly, it tastes fantastic.
Based in Albany, EasiYo is a proud north Auckland
company. Most of the company's 60 New Zealand
staff are locally based, whenever possible it uses
local suppliers and actively networks with other north
Massey University Excellence
in Sustainability Award
As a founding sponsor of the Westpac Auckland
North Business Awards, Massey University is proud
to reward business excellence and foster sustainable
economic and social development in north Auckland.
The Albany campus was established in 1993, and has
grown together with the surrounding area, forming
strong connections with the community. "We're
located in an area of rapid population growth," says
Campus Registrar, Mrs Andrea Davies. "We want to
be able to respond to that growth, keeping in mind
the over-arching concern around
sustainability. It is the number
one problem identified in the 21st
Century." As a university with
relevant expertise in science,
business, creative arts, design
and social science, Massey is well
placed to build on its leadership in
developing a sustainable future.
As the engine of the new New
Zealand, Massey University
is committed to contributing
to a sustainable future for all New Zealanders
through research and has implemented advanced
environmental principles and sustainable practices
on all its campuses. Sponsoring these awards shows
Massey's leadership in seeking innovative, local
solutions for global issues.
"North Auckland is an environmentally beautiful and
thriving area, and we want to contribute effectively
by integrating sustainability issues into the wider
research and teaching programmes we offer," said
Mrs Davies. "Our vision is that, by 2020, Massey will be
acknowledged as New Zealand's defining university
and as a world centre of tertiary learning. Our support
of these awards reflects Massey Albany's passion to
grow, develop and improve, and be of service to the
Mitre 10 Excellence in Service
As a large New Zealand retailer, customer service is
paramount to Mitre 10 (NZ) Ltd's business making
a perfect alignment with the Excellence in Service
Delivery Award for 2011.
The first time sponsor has more than 160 staff working
in its Glenfield head office to support over 100 stores
CEO, John Hartmann believes customer service plays a
vital role in the success of Mitre 10 stores.
"Customer service is paramount to the success of any
business. Customers are the lifeline of any business
because without them, the product or service remains
unsold," says Mr Hartmann.
"Providing great service ensures the
retention of the existing customer
base as well as gaining a whole new
level of customers through word of
mouth and feedback."
Mitre 10 has five new MEGA stores
opening in 2011 which is part of a
rapid expansion plan for the group.
The company has been based in
north Auckland for more than 23
years and has witnessed the area
grow from a small industrial area to
a large business hub. Mitre 10 is proud to have been a
part of this growth and looks forward to being a part
of the local business community in the years to come.
Ministry of Science and
in Design, Research &
First time sponsor the Ministry of Science and
Innovation's (MSI) mandate is to foster science and
business innovation and to create a community where
bright ideas can flourish and deliver results for all New
Established in February 2011, MSI was formed through
the amalgamation of the Foundation for Research,
Science and Technology and the Ministry of Research,
Science and Technology. MSI has around 140 staff and
a nationwide network of Regional Business Partners.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
(ATEED) is one of MSI's 14 Regional Business Partners
and is responsible for delivering MSI's business
investment programmes in the
Auckland region. It works with
MSI to grow more export-led
companies through research
and development (R&D) and to
build bridges and open doors
for Auckland companies.
MSI has a strong enabling
and connecting role across
the government, business
and science sectors and a
role in building New Zealand's
international reputation as a smart country. In the past
year MSI has invested more than $160 million in over
840 businesses looking to grow and become globally
competitive through innovation.
MSI's Deputy Chief Executive, Business Innovation
& Investment, Brett O'Riley, sees an important
connection between MSI's goals and the Westpac
Auckland North Business Awards.
"Sponsoring the Excellence in Design, Research &
Development Award reinforces that good ideas can
lead to smarter ways of doing things, and a point of
difference that can set a business apart. Investing in
R&D is crucial for any high-tech business to succeed
and become globally competitive," he says.
"We are proud to support this year's awards as we
want to honour the companies that are leading edge
and set an example for others to follow."
The New Zealand Herald -
As a media partner for 2011, The New Zealand Herald
is focused on promoting the status of the Westpac
Auckland North Business Awards.
Established in 1863, The New Zealand Herald is the
best read daily newspaper in the country, with a
strong emphasise on the Auckland region.
The newspaper continues to evolve to meet reader
needs. Recently the Weekend Herald has been
redesigned and Weekend magazine added plus new
content has been added across the week such as
Driven, Element and the Red Bulletin magazines. The
Herald on Sunday recently launched Living magazine
and The Aucklander has been
repositioned to focus on Auckland
central and north Shore lifestyles.
With significant readership in north
Auckland, The New Zealand Herald
is proud to support the awards in
"This region is a key market for The
New Zealand Herald with potential
growth for all of our products. We
see north Auckland audiences,
content opportunities and
businesses as integral to all that we do."
"These awards are a means by which we can
support and encourage those businesses with the
entrepreneurial spirit and endeavour that is essential
to growing local businesses and the region as a
whole," says Daniel Dalton, Advertising Manager
The New Zealand Herald also sponsors business
awards in south, west and central Auckland.
Providing great service
ensures the retention of
the existing customer base
as well as gaining a whole
new level of customers
through word of mouth and
Chief Executive Officer
Mitre 10 (NZ) Ltd
We are proud to support this
year's awards as we want to
honour the companies that are
leading edge and set an example
for others to follow."
Deputy Chief Executive, Business
Innovation & Investment
Ministry of Science and Innovation
Offering a unique twist on traditional flower and
gift delivery has secured Edible Blooms a place in
the finals in two award categories - Excellence in
Marketing and Benefitz Best Startup Business.
The company's distinctive gift bouquets are made
from delicacies that include gourmet chocolates,
home-baked cookies and fresh fruit, and the
concept's caught on big-time. Owner Sarah Bruce
says, "We have a cult-like following, probably
mainly because of the 'wow' factor the blooms
provide upon arrival, but also because of the easy
online access and speedy delivery."
Prepared fresh every day, an Edible Bloom is a
cool way to surprise someone special, reward a
high performing team or thank a valued client. It's
also the perfect solution for the person who has
everything, especially hard-to-buy-for men. In fact
there's a bloom for every occasion from newborns
to anniversaries, get-well wishes to Christmas.
More than blooming great gift ideas, they create
a unique and memorable event. The company's
creative team is full of fantastic ideas for table
centerpieces, guest favours and speaker/host
Edible Blooms Australia opened its colourful doors
in Brisbane in 2005, and New Zealand-born Sarah
bought the concept here in 2008.
An original employee of Edible Blooms Australia,
Sarah developed strong skills in the fast-growing
chain and became National Operations Manager.
She'd always believed the concept would have
great uptake in the New Zealand market, so after
starting a family and deciding it was time to come
home, she made a leap of faith by bringing Edible
Blooms back to NZ with her.
It was a novel idea locally and putting everything
on the line to open two-and-a-half years ago when
NZ was in a recession was a risk. However, Sarah's
expertise and dedication paid off, and Edible
Blooms has grown from strength to strength.
A unique twist on traditional flowers: Happy Bloom
is one of Edible Blooms most popular gift bouquet
Order with Edible Blooms and use code word
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Edible Blooms can be delivered anywhere in NZ or Australia simply by ordering
online 24/7 at www.edibleblooms.co.nz, or by phoning 0508 EDIBLE (334253)
Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm. Unit 13 /6 Airborne Rd, Albany
BUSINESS AWARDS 2011
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