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Winery toasts its award win

Last updated 08:59 11/10/2012
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JOHN SELKIRK

TOP NOTCH: Villa Maria Estate chief executive Sir George Fistonich, left, plays a big part in its win at the Northern Region Sustainable Business Network Awards. He’s pictured with singing icon Sir Tom Jones before his performance at the winery in 2010.

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Villa Maria Estate winery in Mangere has won a prestigious sustainability award.

It picked up the Business of the Year prize at this year's Northern Region Sustainable Business Network Awards.

The judges were impressed by the Mangere winery's long-standing and pioneering commitment to sustainability.

“Villa Maria takes its role as a promoter of the clean, green image for New Zealand in international markets seriously, and it makes it a reality through its business practices,” judge Peta Fraser says.

Villa Maria was the first major New Zealand winery to gain BioGro certification, achieving the milestone for its Auckland winery and bottling facility in 2007.

She says chief executive George Fistonich is an active champion of all things sustainable within the industry.

Another South Auckland winner was Novotel Auckland Airport, which claimed the Large and Corporate Business (Emerging) Award.

Sustainable Business Network chief executive Rachel Brown says the winners excelled in environmental, social and economic areas.

The regional winners now go on to compete in their categories for a place in the National Sustainable Business Network Awards on November 22, at The Cloud in central Auckland.

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- Manukau Courier

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