Meet the 2018 Entrants

This year we received a total of 39 entries and nominations across the categories – thank you to everyone who dedicated time and effort to entering or nominating someone deserving of recognition.

Congratulations to the following businesses for entering the 2018 Nelson Pine Industries Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. We look forward to celebrating with you all at the 30th anniversary of our Awards evening on Friday 2 November – limited tickets are still available!


People are our business ……People make your business! A-Temp specialise in Blue- and White-collar workers and take the uncertainty out of employing staff for your business. For qualified roles, and unskilled labourers – A-Temp will screen and source people for you. A-Temp are providing employment solutions for short- and long-term team members. Locally owned and operated, A-Temp want to source the best people for roles right here in Nelson. Tried, tested, true.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson Tasman

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson-Tasman (BBBS NT) is the largest mentoring programme in New Zealand, with 200 active matches. For 20 years, 970 young people between 6 and 18 years of age have had a volunteer mentor make a difference in their life by providing friendship, support and guidance. The young people who are mentored gain self-esteem and self-confidence, communication and social skills, life skills, and resilience. There is evidence every day that BBBS makes a direct, measurable, lasting difference to the children in our programme. We meet a need in the community which is not otherwise being met. Boston Consulting Group found in 2013, that every $1 invested in BBBS Mentoring has a $18 Social return on investment. With just one to four hours per week, our incredible volunteer mentors really do start something big.


BlueBerry is a technology company that puts people at its heart, recognising that if their small to medium sized business clients do well, then so do they. In 10 short years, BlueBerry has become an iconic brand and a multiple award-winning Te Tau Ihu business success story. The company has weathered recession, proved resilient with changes of ownership, developed a succession plan for leadership within the business and contributed to the community in funding, education and support.

BlueBerry purposefully works with the best – the best clients, the best partners and the best team. The business invests significantly in its team of experts, a team full of interesting personalities who know how to play to their strengths and deliver on the mantra “technology on your terms.” Known as being ahead of the curve, BlueBerry is now turning its attention to moving away from traditional models and focussing on practical outcomes to cement its position as “The Region’s Favourite IT Provider.”

CCS Disability Action Nelson

CCS Disability Action supports people with any disability, through each stage of their life from birth to independent living and employment. The people we support to seek work have a variety of skills, abilities and qualifications, and they share one wish – to have a job. Contributing to their employer and their community as well as enriching their own life. Our Supported Employment Coordinators are skilled at meeting the needs of both the employee and the employer, where both parties benefit. Often there are financial incentives to assist an employer with the training and settling in period. We value employers who give people a life- changing opportunity. Employers benefit greatly too, from having a person that is loyal and hardworking. They enrich their workplace with true diversity. 50% of those employed at CCS Disability Action Nelson have a disability.

Crombie Lockwood Nelson

Crombie Lockwood Nelson has been a proud member of the local business community for over 20 years. We work with a range of local businesses and clients to ensure our customers have the right insurance to protect what matters most to them. Our aspiration ‘Through a commitment to understand your business, we will earn your trust and through proactive advice and solutions, position you to financially survive any insurable event’. “The better we understand a client’s business the better equipped we are to give them the best possible advice” said Branch Director, Paul Mackay. Between February 2017 and August 2018, we successfully negotiated over half a million dollars in additional claim reimbursements for our clients! Our team of local brokers are specialists in a number of local industries including construction, rural, wineries, professional risks and transport. Our business is built on trust, relationships and a solid understanding of the Nelson community.

Hemisphere Health

Get your total Health and Safety sorted with Hemisphere Health. We care for your people and your business. Our expert Safety and Health professionals assess your businesses H&S culture, coach your team to success and treat your people optimizing health & wellbeing. We focus on prevention and early management of health issues and business risks. We actively work with you to minimise the risk and costs of injuries and illness on your company. Take action now to build company health, productivity and reputation for the future. We offer:

  • Early Intervention & Clinical treatment for physical and mental health issues affecting work
  • Support for workers to stay at work and return to work when injured
  • Company advice to effectively manage your people – from hiring to retiring
  • Policy and procedure development Eg: recruitment, incident response, return to work
  • H&S training
  • Workplace Health and Wellbeing support service • Effective H&S system development.

Kakariki Kids Early Learning Centre

Come to Kakariki Kids Early Learning Centre and discover for yourself what an incredibly beautiful top-quality preschool looks like. Based in the heart of Golden Bay with breathtaking views of the ocean, this family-owned preschool has a nature-based philosophy with 6 acres of native bush for our tamariki/children to explore and learn in. With a focus on preparing children to be resilient, confident and compassionate, our experienced and qualified team of teachers view each child as capable individuals. We create a nurturing atmosphere for tamariki aged 3 months to 6 years where each family’s culture and values are respected and upheld. A supportive and challenging environment encourages everyone to discover and inspire the best in themselves and in others.

Nelson Provincial Museum (Tasman Bay Heritage Trust)

Nelson Provincial Museum are the proud guardians of the region’s history showcasing our geological origins and the events, peoples and businesses that have shaped our culture, our society and our lives. The Museum aims to create unforgettable experiences by providing innovative exhibitions, engaging stories and interactive education programmes, fusing traditional history with new technology. The Tyree Photographic Studio Collection, dating from the 1860s until the 1940s, is an internationally-significant pictorial record documenting the development of Nelson and Tasman from soon after settlement. The 105,000 negatives are remarkable in having survived intact and today provide an invaluable insight into the development of regional New Zealand. Online access to the collection has been enabled through the major digitization project that was initiated in 2010. Receipt of a prestigious UNESCO honour in 2017 with the inscription of the Tyree Studio Collection onto the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage register recognises the collection’s national significance (one of only 27 in the country, alongside the suffrage petition and Treaty of Waitangi).

Nelson Weekly

Nelson Weekly Ltd keeps Nelsonians connected to what’s happening in our region. The locally owned media group publishes Nelson Weekly newspaper, Nelson Magazine and the Nelson App. Nelson Weekly has been telling the stories of Nelson and its people for more than eight years now and is proud of the reputation it has built up over that time as a fair and considerate champion for our city. Since the introduction of the Nelson App and Nelson Mag the company now has more platforms than ever to help tell good stories about our region and report on news-worthy events as they happen. Each week these products reach more Nelsonians than any other media company. This reflects in the amount of local advertisers who chose to work with Nelson Weekly Ltd. We also have a strong relationship with community groups. Nelson Weekly Ltd donated more than $100,000 worth of in-kind advertising to charities like Nelson Tasman Hospice, Nelson Fringe Festival, Nelson Santa Parade as well as sport teams like Nelson Giants and Tasman United.

Omega Innovations, New Zealand King Salmon

Omega Innovations, a division of the New Zealand King Salmon Company was established in 2015 to better utilise by-products, reduce waste and achieve sustainability goals. Initially, efforts were concentrated on improving the collection and disposal systems for existing by-product. Around a quarter of our annual production is guts, heads, trim, skin, bones, tails and frames. Until recently, the vast majority was rendered offsite to produce fish meal and an oil product, a low-tech, low-return disposal method. Changes were made to improve containment and by-product quality, and to reduce health and safety risk. The next steps were to turn the company’s by-products into higher-value revenue streams. Our first Omega Innovations success story is the retail launch of our own pet food and treats range, Omega Plus, in September 2016. Omega Plus is now stocked in 85 supermarkets in New Zealand and exported to China. There are a number of other active projects expected to deliver new products in a variety of categories, channels and regions in future years.

Orange Dog

Is Orange Dog the unsung hero of Nelson’s local business scene? They are Australasia’s leading Automotive Print and Marketing specialists. But despite helping thousands of businesses turn their brands high-key, become tuned in and turned on, Orange Dog themselves have kept a low-key approach to their local profile. You see their work daily but you don’t know they are behind it – from car registration holders, WOF overlays, service reminders or logo creation, Orange Dog are the driving force behind the automotive category. At Orange Dog’s inception, automotive was an industry calling out for help on brand awareness, identity and simple, effective marketing tools. Orange Dog now find themselves as the market leader – the ‘complete automotive marketing toolbox’ for automotive workshops around New Zealand and across the ditch. And whilst their success thus far has been phenomenal, make no mistake that their continued expansion throughout Australasia is no accident. Orange Dog is the local International print company you’ve probably never heard of.

Smooch Natural Products

Smooch Natural skin care Products, for people with skin ailments looking for a 100% natural solution – not traditional chemical-based products. Their most popular product being, Doctor Smooch Daily Moisturiser. This formula is made of 100% natural ingredients, so no chemicals, and even no stabilisers, each ingredient working in its natural state. The ingredients are truly natural – every ingredient in Doctor Smooch is edible. Smooch founder Corrin Miller developed the Doctor Smooch formula when struggling to overcome her own skin problems. Looking for a chemical-free solution to an itchy scalp Corrin started by simply pouring coconut oil over her head. The result wasn’t exactly desirable, but it set Corrin on a path to overcome common skin ailments, for everyone, in a chemical-free way. Beneficial for Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis, cracked/dry skin and other common skin problems with the comfort of knowing you aren’t harming your body or the planet. What’s more, Doctor Smooch doubles as an everyday moisturising balm.

Vicki Charles Sculptor

Vicki Charles has swapped accounting ledgers for sculpture clay to make her mark in Nelson.
The Australian sculptor who calls Nelson home creates unique individual sculptures and says her challenge with sculpture is to turn that lump of mud into the light, aliveness, peace and stillness reflected in the eyes of herself and the people she meets on her path of life. With over eighteen years of sculpture practice, Vicki has explored many techniques and styles. Having purchased a property and working out of her studio in Nelson, Vicki has brought together all those years of exploration and cemented a style that resonates deeply with her connection to her new homeland. Vicki’s pieces are stylized, with the people reflecting the masculine and feminine side of a human and the psychological reading between the figures. Vicki is represented in local galleries such as Parker Gallery Nelson, and regularly exhibits at Suter Gallery. She has exhibited in national galleries such as Central Art Gallery Queenstown, Art Matakana Gallery Matakana, as well as in Melbourne.

Volunteer Nelson

Volunteer Nelson is the first port of call for all things volunteering in Nelson. We run a friendly and welcoming staffed volunteer referral service for the Nelson and Tasman region. Other services include online and supported volunteer matching, an award-winning leadership programme for younger volunteers, and a targeted programme for 60+ volunteers. We also support the community sector and not-for-profit organisations with information, networking and low cost or free training. Volunteer Nelson advocates for and celebrates volunteering. We run events to acknowledge the contribution volunteers make in our community. Volunteer Nelson supports both volunteers and develops best practice in organisations that involve volunteers in delivering services.