2016 NPI Chamber of Commerce Business Award Winners

“Another brilliant evening” is how outgoing Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce CEO Dot Kettle described the Nelson Pine Industries Chamber Business Awards night for 2016.

In her welcome to the sell out capacity crowd of 390 business leaders and entreprenuers, Dot said the region is “an amazing place to do business in and from.  It’s a region bursting full of talented, passionate, generous people”.

Dot paid tribute to the entrants, judges and sponsors and thanked “the people behind the brands and businesses that are exceptional and an ongoing source of inspiration”.

The 2016 Award Winners are;

NPI SUPREME Business Award

The Winner is Mytax.co.nz

The judges said Mytax.co.nz is a business that could operate from anywhere.  For that reason the Judges would like to congratulate Lester and his team for choosing to operate it from Nelson.

Mytax.co.nz is a game changer in its sector.  It has consistently demonstrated a strong and ever increasing market share and has exciting potential for global success.

The Judges unanimously agreed this business model has been well thought out and the foundations are solid.  The investment in technology has been significant and it is well positioned to go from strength to strength.

A remarkable and revolutionary business with its customers spread across New Zealand yet all conducted from offices in Nelson’s CBD.

The Judges commend MyTax.co.nz for its presentation and its aptitude.

Fairfax Media START UP Award

2B Insect Repellent
Cod & Lobster
Moana SUP NZ Limited

Winner is Cod & Lobster

The Judges said the Cod & Lobster has made a commitment to its business which is second to none as a start up.  The strong investment paves the way for a successful business to flourish.  It is strategically located at the top of Trafalgar Street making it well positioned to leverage off not only the local customers but also the ever burgeoning tourist market despite a busy competitive sector.


Jester House
Trans Tasman Industries
Living Design

Winner is  Trans Tasman Industries

The judges said Trans Tasman Industries produces a unique product which has been designed and engineered here in Nelson and delivered to the world.

The Judges were inspired by Bruce who took his boyhood passion of engines, wheels and all things mechanical and created a gearbox which is sought after worldwide.  The sequential gearbox market has much to thank Bruce and his team for.

NZ King Salmon Large Business Award

Can Plan Nelson Limited
Jerram Tocker & Barron Architects

Winner is Mytax.co.nz

The Judges were unanimously surprised by how excited they were to read about a tax refund organisation.  The fact the Judges found the business captivating is in large part down to its beautiful simplicity.  The presentation was flawless.

Mytax.co.nz has, without a doubt, revolutionised the tax refund application process.

Nelson Forests Investing in People and Skills

Can Plan Nelson Limited
Pro karts
Prices Pharmacy

Winner is Can Plan Nelson Limited

The judges saw from the company’s entry a clear commitment to the health and wellbeing of its staff and the staff’s family.  The company has clear objectives around professional development through upskilling and education.

The Judges were impressed by Can Plan’s philosophy of seeing young unskilled people be given a chance to upskill and from there grow into valuable employees and members of the community.

Can Plan, in the Judges’ view, demonstrates a real and tangible investment in its people.

Media Works Customer Excellence Award

Can Plan Nelson Limited
Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Trust
Nelson Alarms

Winner is Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Trust

The judges said the Hospice has a very special and unique relationship with its patients.  Every aspect of the business is designed to enhance the wellbeing of the patient and the patient’s family.  The Judges were particularly impressed with the Hospice philosophy of – is it a place to die, or an opportunity to make the most of the life we have left.  The Hospice aspires for it to be the latter.

The Judges salute the work you do, the care you deliver and the volunteers who contribute so much.

Datacom Innovation Award

Living Design
Trans Tasman Industries

Winner is Trans Tasman Industries Limited

The Judges were excited by the innovation shown by Trans Tasman Industries.  It took an everyday mechanical component, being a gearbox, and re-engineered it into something now in demand worldwide against long established global competition.   The Judges saw this as being innovation at its best.