Westpac Business Excellence Awards

The Westpac Business Excellence Awards (BEAs) take place all around the country, in conjunction with local Chambers of Commerce. They give all businesses the opportunity to benchmark their success against other local businesses, including those outside of their own industries.

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Business excellence awards

Why should I enter?

It’s not always easy to find time to work on, rather than in, your business. Entering the BEAs is a great opportunity to step back and take a critical look at what makes your business tick.


Seeing how things are done by businesses outside your field is a great way to inject fresh ideas into your business. The BEAs gives you a window into how other businesses have built success.


The process of preparing an entry for the BEAs can be immensely beneficial to your business, encouraging you to step back and look at your strengths and weaknesses.

Expert Feedback

Entering the BEA helps you gain an outside-in view of your business. Past entrants have found the feedback they receive from the BEA judges to be incredibly valuable.

Business Profile & Recognition

Winning the Awards will increase your exposure and as a result help boost staff morale and motivation as a result.

The BEAs run throughout New Zealand and offer a range of different Awards celebrating business excellence.

How does it work?

This year Westpac is sponsoring 15 BEA events across the country in association with the local Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) or an Economic Development Agency (EDA) in each region. To find the contact details for your local Chamber or EDA, please refer to the tables below.

Business Awards Region Chamber Contact Chamber Email Entries Open Entries close Gala Dinner
Auckland Central Rebecca Seymour-East rseymour-east@chamber.co.nz 1 Mar 2 June 10 Nov
Auckland North Rebecca Seymour-East rseymour-east@chamber.co.nz 1 Mar 2 June 29 Sep
Auckland South Rebecca Seymour-East rseymour-east@chamber.co.nz 1 Mar 2 June 13 Oct
Auckland West Rebecca Seymour-East rseymour-east@chamber.co.nz 1 Mar 2 June 27 Oct
North Canterbury Miles Dalton miles@enterprisenc.co.nz 5 May 8 July 2 Sep
Canterbury Julianna Malone info@championcanterbury.org.nz 2 May 10 June 21 Sep
Hawkes Bay  Wayne Walford ceo@hawkesbaychamber.co.nz 14 June 23 Sep 18 Nov
Northland  Tony Collins ceo@northchamber.co.nz  18 Apr 12 Aug 28 Oct
Porirua City Tracy Johnson tracy@poriruachamber.co.nz TBC TBC TBC
Rotorua  Darrin Walsh ceo@rotoruachamber.co.nz 22 Mar 8 July 15 Oct
Tauranga  Anne Pankhurst awards@tauranga.org.nz 9 May 26 Aug 14 Oct
Waikato William Durning ceo@waikatochamber.co.nz May 1 Aug 4 Nov
Manawatu Mark Hargreaues mark@visionmanawatu.org.nz 1 Jul 12 Aug 11 Nov
Otago     June TBC 18 Nov
Queenstown Catherine Fallon events@queenstownchamber.org.nz 8 Jun TBC 29 Oct
Gisborne No awards in 2016        

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Winners 2015

Westpac Porirua Business Awards 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award Connect Global Limited

Connect Global is an outsource contact centre providing both inbound and outbound services. We remove the need for in-house contact centres, reducing your organisations overheads and allowing you to focus on your core business. Our organisation operates on a strong set of values, developing relationships of trust built on honesty and integrity with all clients.

Connect Global has been providing industry leading outsourced contact centre services for over 10 years. This experience enables us to translate your businesses needs and engage with your customers in the most effective way possible.

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Westpac Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award Pic's Peanut Butter

In 2008 I sold 48 jars to our local supermarket and took to the road. Within a year you could buy Pic’s in 50 outlets around the country. Then we were picked up by both of NZ’s supermarket chains and suddenly Pic’s was available pretty much anywhere in New Zealand. In the process we moved from my garage to what had been the laundry room at the old Nelson Abattoir to a brand new factory in Nelson’s Wakatu Estate.

In 2014 we opened a new warehouse and office building down the road and a truck to tootle backwards and forwards in. I watched a huge truck being loaded with peanut butter for Australia a few days ago, and I really had to pinch myself. It has all come as such a surprise. It’s all so much fun, and I get to meet so many lovely people.

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Westpac Tauranga Business Awards 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award Fulton Hogan Bay of Plenty


Fulton Hogan has more than 80 years’ experience in the transport, water, energy, mining and land development infrastructure in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.

We create communities from the ground up, starting with our own network of quarries, which is complemented by our asphalt, emulsion and precast plants across Australia and New Zealand.

The names you see on our trucks, our hard hats and our high-vis vests are more than just a brand. They’re the names of our founders, Jules Fulton and Bob Hogan, who teamed up as partners in 1933 to start a contracting business and create a future for their families.

Today, those families, together with employees, still hold a major stake in our private, non-listed company. We’re proud to have maintained our private ownership that gives us the flexibility to work with any partner, and we have established a strong track record of working together with other parties to achieve the best possible project outcomes.

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Westpac Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award KILT Clothing Ltd

KILT was the brainchild of Melissa Williams-Lamb who noticed that there was a lack of great New Zealand made fashion at affordable pricing. This is how KILT was born.

With eleven boutiques across the country and kilt.co.nz, KILT is available and accessible to all New Zealand women. At KILT we pride ourselves on excellent customer service with our Boutique Stylists trained to assist in finding the best possible style for their customers.

At KILT all of our garments are designed and made with love from right here in little old NZ. This means we are able to react to what our customers want for their wardrobe at a quicker pace and we are able to support fellow Kiwis in both their fashion needs and careers. 

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Westpac Southland Business Excellence Awards 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award South Port NZ Ltd

Located in Bluff Harbour, at the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, South Port is New Zealand’s southernmost commercial deep water port.

South Port prides itself on adding value to its import and export customers, providing customised solutions to meet their needs and partnering with them to achieve their operational objectives.

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Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2015

Special Commendation Anthony Leighs

Established by Anthony Leighs in 1995, Leighs Construction has grown into a multi-million dollar business. Our South Island operations are managed from our head office in Christchurch, with our Auckland branch having opened in 2015.

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Westpac Auckland Business Excellence Awards North 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award Flintfox International

Flintfox Trade Spend Management solutions for Dynamics help manufacturers and distributors face the challenge and become more profitable. Our solutions are focused on improving operational efficiency, enabling scalable growth and improving responsiveness across your sales channels.

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Westpac Gisborne Business Excellence Awards 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti provides the community with initiatives that effect change across a broad spectrum; our programmes and events range from the delivery of a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programme to providing a talent development programme that supports local athletes to excel towards their highest goals and aspirations.

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Westpac Auckland Business Excellence Awards South 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award Nauhria Precast

Nauhria Precast is an integral part of New Zealand's  construction industry, manufacturing and delivering precast concrete components to the commercial, civil and residential construction sectors.  The company specialises  in precast concrete wall panels, columns, beams, lintels, stairs, balconies, landings and architectural concrete finishes, Manufactures and Supplies exclusively award winning MONARC Creative Precast Panels.

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Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award Skyline Rotorua

The Skyline Rotorua complex is situated just minutes from central Rotorua, high up Mt Ngongotaha.To begin your Skyline Rotorua adventure, take a leisurely uphill Gondola ride and enjoy the extensive views of Rotorua, the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas.At the top, the thrill of the Luge, the culinary delights of the Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, beautiful nature walks and exciting adventure activities all await you. 

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Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award Donovan Group

Donovan Group is a successful family owned company based in Whangarei and with a range of manufacturing assets, including a nationwide steel building franchise network. 

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Westpac Auckland Business Excellence Awards West 2015

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award Epicurean Dairy Limited

The Collective (manufactured by Epicurean Dairy Limited)  was started in New Zealand by two clever entrepreneurial chefs, Ofer Shenhav and Angus Allan. Their quest was simple… create an extraordinary yoghurt with an unbeatable taste. Being well travelled lads with a couple of successful businesses already notched on their belts, Ofer and Angus were not shy of the hard yakka ahead. Their sheer determination to achieve the unthinkable helped provide the fuel, their passion provided the key, their tenacity and skill delivered the answer. 

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Westpac Waikato Business Excellence Awards

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award Essential Recycling and Waste Services

Formerly Russell Recycling, the business has evolved naturally over the years and has grown from just a single owner-operator in 1986, to a current staff of 30 people.  Family-owned and operated, Essential Recycling prides itself on providing a safe, user friendly and beneficial community service, while at the same time reducing Hamilton’s environmental footprint. 

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