Porirua businesses snare Gold

BY ANDREA O'NEIL
Last updated 16:04 01/06/2012

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Porirua businesses Mana Recovery and Adrenalin Forest have emerged triumphant from last week's Wellington Gold Awards, beating out stiff competition in their categories.

Mana Recovery, which supports intellectually disabled workers into paid jobs and runs recycling depot Trash Palace, were winners in the Green Gold category.

"I'm so rapt, I'm so rapt, I'm on a high," general manager Elizabeth Coluzzi told Kapi-Mana News on Friday.

"It was a very late night."

The win will mean a greater profile for the not-for profit business, and possibly more support from funders, Ms Coluzzi said.

"It does give us better recognition of the work we do both in mental health and for the environment."

Ms Coluzzi dedicated the win to her team.

"The guys are just so thrilled. It's all about the work they're doing and it's such a brilliant concept, if I say so myself."

Adrenalin Forest director Jean Caillabet had to give an impromptu speech at the glitzy Gold Awards dinner - and he was so doubtful the adventure park company would win the Vibrant Gold award, he didn't prepare anything to say.

"It was such a surprise, I wasn't expecting it at all," he said.

The win will help the company in its expansion plans, both extending the course in Porirua and setting up a new location in Auckland over the next 18 months, he says.

"It makes people confident so we can really negotiate."

The exposure of being a Gold Award nominee, in the media and in business circles, has really boosted business, Mr Caillabet says.

Four other Porirua businesses were nominated for Gold Awards but missed out on the night: Splice Group, Sealed Air Corporation, Greenkeeper Systems and Radiola Aerospace.

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