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 Bowater Toyota 2014 Toyota Dealer of the Year Award The team at Bowater Toyota have cause to celebrate and want [...]

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 Bowater Toyota 2014 Toyota Dealer of the Year Award

The team at Bowater Toyota have cause to celebrate and want to share this wonderful news with the groups we partner with in the community, as you all are a big part of our story.

At the recent black tie annual Toyota Dealers Awards in Palmerston North Bowater Toyota came away with an armful of awards, including the prestigious 2014 Toyota Dealer of the Year award, a huge accolade for not only us, but also the entire region.

Toyota is the countries leading vehicle brand, and has been the number one choice for New Zealanders for close to 30 years, as well as one of our most trusted brands around, so it is a great honour to be considered the Dealer of the Year. Tony Bowater also headed to the stage on behalf of the team to collect the New Vehicle Excellence Cup as well as the Parts & Accessories Excellence Cup. In all Bowater Toyota were finalists in 6 of the 8 categories that we were eligible for, winning 3 of them, as well as collecting the 2014 Platinum Award and the 2014 Triple Crown Certificate.

A Change Journey – Denise Hartley-Wilkins

Denise Hartley-Wilkins from Shine People Consulting has written an article called The Change Journey. Please click here to read the article.

Flightcell International – High Flyer article NZ Business February 2013

Flightcell International are a Nelson based company who export high-tech avionics to defence clients worldwide.
Flightcell were listed on the 2012 Deloitte Fast 50, and are a fast growing exporter in our region.
NZ Business magazine have published an article in their February 2013 issue on Flightcell International’s fast tracked success. View the full article here

Liquorland Nelson Nabs National Award as Franchisee of the Year

Liquorland Nelson has been awarded Liquorland’s Gold Franchisee of the Year Award at the company’s annual conference this month, a national accolade which recognises the store’s achievements over the past year. See the full media release here

New Zealand’s Best Practice Competition – World Business Capability Congress

The Best Practice Competition encourages organisations (particularly SMEs) to share “what they do well” for the benefit of all New Zealand businesses and to give recognition to the people and teams behind their good to best practices. The competition has the support of a number of key institutions in New Zealand including Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Economic Development Agencies New Zealand, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The competition promises to be exciting and fun – it consists of the completion of an entry form, as attached, by the 15 October followed by an 8 minute “best practice” presentation at the Congress on the 6 December. The presentations will be judged and the winners will be selected.


ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition Winner

Congratulations to Mark Hensley (right) from Southern Blast Stems Limited, winner of the ANZ Flying Start Business Plan Competition. Proudly supported by the Chamber and the Regional Business Partners.

Southern Blast Stems Limited (“SBS”) manufactures and distributes Clay Blast Hole Stemming plugs sold under the trade name SMART STEM to the mining and drilling industries.


  1. Redwood Cellars, 02/02/2012:

    NELSON, Thursday 10th November 2011: New Zealand’s most awarded cider is now also one of the country’s fastest growing companies, making the coveted Deloitte’s 2011 Fast 50 list.Redwood Cellars, the parent company of Old Mout Cider, last night won the Deloitte 2011 Fast 50 regional award for the fastest growing retail or consumer products business (Christchurch and Upper South Island region). The company was also listed as the 44th fastest growing company in New Zealand with 159.48% market growth, which has been attributed to the success of their Old Mout Cider.

  2. The Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco, 02/02/2012:

    The Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is the only NZ hotel to claim honours at the inaugural Accor Pacific Franchise Awards in Australia. The Monaco won the Franchise Customer Service Award for outstanding achievements in overall guest satisfaction.

  3. Whenua Iti, 14/02/2012:

    Whenua Iti Manager Michelle MacNeil has been chosen as one of 12 delegates to represent New Zealand Non-Profit Organisations at a 15 day international forum to be held in Japan. The 10th annual NPO (Non-Profit Organisation) Management Forum is hosted by the Japanese Cabinet Office and brings together specialists who work with youth, the elderly and people with disabilities from Japan, Denmark, Germany and New Zealand. They will share information and use research to work compare, analyse and improve how they work with local and central government.Whenua Iti Outdoors, the Moutere-based outdoor education centre, is one of only four New Zealand youth organisations to be invited to attend and the only one in the South Island. Michelle says it will be an invaluable experience that will allow Whenua Iti to see where it stands internationally.

  4. Jonet Warhurst, 15/03/2012:

    NZCU South’s “Clever Me” wins CANSTAR Innovation Excellence Award

    It’s been long-recognised that many Kiwis face financial hardship and struggle with financial literacy. In an attempt to work towards a solution, South Island based credit union, NZCU South, developed Clever Me – a practical programme that enlists the help of employers by offering money coaching in the workplace.

    Clever Me was singled out for special recognition by financial services research group CANSTAR, from a competitive field of unique products released in the last 12 months that were eligible for CANSTAR’s annual Innovation Excellence awards. CANSTAR applauded Clever Me for ‘doing’ rather than just ‘talking’ about the need for more financial education.

    Clever Me works by assessing and tracking the ‘financial health’ of the workforce, with the relevant help and follow up provided in the form of a ‘money coach’. The ‘money coach’ provides employees with personal help around budgeting, saving and support with specific financial situations. Financial goals are established and pathways to achieve them are developed.

    “Clever Me is not only about helping working Kiwis find and stick to the road of financial wellbeing but it’s actually how they are doing this that is the creative element,” says CANSTAR National Manager, Derek Bonnar.

    “This program is effective because it enlists employers’ help by offering money coaching in the workplace. This is free for the employer and employees pay $10 per month after three months’ free coaching.”

  5. Air Nelson, 29/05/2012:

    Airline Reliability Performance Award for the 5th year in a row..!!

    That’s an outstanding achievement again and a fantastic effort by all our teams, especially in Technical who made this possible.

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