Export awards make comeback
The Waikato Export Awards are making a comeback after several years off the radar with organisers challenging the region to outdo the Bay of Plenty's vibrant equivalent.
The four new annual awards were launched at the Employer and Manufacturers Association's Waikato branch annual dinner in Hamilton last night.
Export New Zealand Waikato co-ordinator Lotta Bryant said a sponsorship of the Bay of Plenty's awards was hard to secure and tickets to the awards night dinner sold out a in a week.
Heading the new Waikato export competition is the Gallagher Exporter of the Year award.
The winner will have demonstrated sustained and outstanding performance and results in respect of export earnings, growth and profit; leadership; marketing excellence; export strategy and business planning; committment to quality management and governance.
The other awards are the Emerging Exporter of the Year, Innovation in Export, and the BNZ Service to Export Community.
A company can enter itself or be nominated by a third party.
Final date for entries is March 22 next year.
Judging will be rigorous, said Export New Zealand.
Applicants will be judged initially on a telephone interview, with questionnaires and site visits by judges for short-listed entrants. Finalists will be profiled at a gala dinner.
Last night's launch was addressed by Prime Minister John Key via video link.
Guest speaker was Foreign Affairs Ministry secretary and chief executive John Allen.