Local exporters from across the Bay of Plenty came together to celebrate those ‘raising the bar’ to export success at the 2017 Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards, sponsored by Zespri International.
All five winners were announced at a Rio Carnival themed awards event at ASB Baypark Stadium Lounge in Mount Maunganui. The venue was transformed to fit the theme, with Ben Hurley MC’ing the event and along with the Brazilian Divas, the two worked hand in hand to entertain the crowd.
Exporters from across the region were present at the event with Dominion Salt taking out the ‘Sharp Tudhope Lawyers Exporter of the Year’ award and George & Willy winning the ‘YOU Travel Emerging Exporter of the Year’ award.
Andy Cameron, a well-known and respected local businessman and Managing Director at Oasis Engineering, with a passion for valves and giving back to the community, was the very surprised and humbled recipient of the ‘New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Service to Export’ award. He was recognised for his outstanding contributions within the Bay of Plenty business and export community.
In a highly contested category with phenomenal finalists, Felipe Aguilera, a Technical Sales Engineer at Oasis Engineering was recognised as an integral cog in the Oasis wheel in the ‘Beca Export Achievement’ category. Steens® Honey were identified as the winner of the ‘Page Macrae Engineering Innovation in Export’ Award shaking up the export world through their innovative business practices.