2019 Finalists are announced!

24 May 2019

2019 Finalists are announced!

Finalists in the ExportNZ Bay of Plenty Awards were announced last night after a crop of excellent entries were received across a broad range of industry sectors.

This is the 29th year of the Awards, which celebrate the Bay’s innovative, brave and successful exporting ‘Stars’.

Convener of judges, orchardist at Golden Acres Orchard, Barry Squires, says:

“Once again this year we have received outstanding entries in all categories for the Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards.

“The industries that entrants operate in range from inbound tour operators to high tech and manufacturing, demonstrating the diversity of our Bay of Plenty economy. The judges are now hard at work on the difficult job of selecting the winners.”

The finalists are:

YOU Travel Best Emerging Business Award

  • Funk Estate
  • Manaaki Adventures


Page Macrae Engineering Excellence in Innovation Award

  • BioBrew
  • Xyst
  • LawVu
  • Bluelab Corporation


Beca Export Achievement Award

  • Ruby Grant, general manager of sales and marketing – Heilala Vanilla
  • Gregory Knight, managing director – Florentines Foodservice NZ
  • Timothy Allan, chief executive – Ubco


Sharp Tudhope Lawyers Best Medium-Large Business Award

  • Genera
  • Automation & Electronics NZ


Winners will be announced at the ‘A Night with the Stars’-themed awards on June 21. Award-winning head writer of comedy show 7 Days, Nick Rado, will be the MC for a night of old-school Hollywood glitz and glamour.

A special award will also be presented on the night to the Service to Export Award winner, sponsored by the EMA. This award is decided by a panel and past winners and recognises a significant contribution to local exporting success.  

Principal sponsor Zespri’s Chief Grower and Alliance Officer, David Courtney, says that every year ExportNZ Bay of Plenty does a great job of keeping everyone entertained throughout the awards night, and he encourages people to get their tickets.
“Make sure you’re there on 21 June to celebrate some of the Bay of Plenty’s best exporters, and embrace their pioneering spirit.” 

Best of luck to all our finalists, it's a great pleasure to be telling your stories this year!

Secure your table/tickets today, we'll see you on awards night!

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Thanks for the support from our amazing sponsors who help bring this event to life, including Sharp Tudhope Lawyers who have supported this event since its inception 29 years ago, YOU Travel (previously United Travel) into their 23rd year, Page Macrae Engineering their 12th year and Beca into their 7th year!