Ata Rangi wins supreme award title
JAZIAL CROSSLEY WELLINGTON BUSINESS
Martinborough winemaker Ata Rangi won the supreme title at Gold Awards held in Wellington last night.
The Dominion Post Wellington Gold Award went to Ata Rangi, the winery owned by the Paton family that first planted its vines in 1980. The wine, named after the Maori term for "dawn sky, new beginning", is sold at restaurants such as Sherry Lehmann in New York, Gordon Ramsey's in London and the exclusive British department store Harrods.
Awards director John Dow said the wine producer and exporter, which also won the Global Gold category for its work selling overseas, was honoured with the supreme award for its commitment to creating and delivering quality products, derived from the land, using modern technology.
"Effective international marketing, with strong local environmental and sustainability practices were all driven by a pioneering spirit and belief."
The Dominion Post Tribute to a Wellington Icon went to Porirua chocolate factory Whittaker's owner-operators Andrew and Brian Whittaker, direct descendants of the company's founder.
Open source software developer Catalyst IT, which employs 180, won the Cyber Gold category. Supporting Gold went to NZX-listed retirement village company Summerset Group Holdings.
Envirocomp, the commercial composter of sanitary products and nappies, won the Green Gold award.
Wellington Zoo, which had a record-breaking quarter of a million visitorslast year, won the Vibrant Gold award.
The Team Gold award went to outdoor learning provider Outward Bound Trust.
The Creative Gold award went to advertising communications agency Clemenger BBDO which works in design, digital and direct marketing globally. Green Button Cloud Fabric, the cloud software development service, won Discovering Gold.
Customer feedback tool Big Ears won in the Emerging Gold category. Wellington International Airport received the ACC Workplace Safety Award.
Professor Kate McGrath, a scientist and director at MacDiarmid Institute, won the Inspire Wellington Award in association with Wellington City Council. The Inspire Wellington Ambassador Award went to Webstock's organisers, Mike Brown and Natasha Lampard.
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