Most Outstanding Māori Enterprise

Wayne and Frances Stokes of Kia Tūpato Security received the award for Most Outstanding Māori Enterprise.
“Te Hiringa Trust, in collaboration with 2012 sponsors Te Puni Kōkiri, Mai FM and MediaWorks Radio, Poutama Trust, Whangārei District Council, BNZ, Steve Bennett Associates Ltd, BDO Bay of Islands and the Indigenous NZ Cuisine Cluster, celebrates and recognises the huge impact that Māori small and medium business owners and Māori collective asset holders make to our regional economy, communities and whānau,” says Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Director Walter Wells.

This category is available for any business who believes that their impact is significant enough to be judged best in the category.
To be successful the judges will consider how the business interacts with its environment and best demonstrates knowledge of it within the wider community. To be Most Outstanding the judges will expect that the business is known and respected by its peers, competitors and stakeholders. The business will have developed excellent systems, can demonstrate that it is a market leader and created a leading and welcoming environment for its team, customers and stakeholders.

Winner 2012 Sustainable Business Award

Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards for 2012 took place at the Old Money Factory on Friday night. Entrant numbers exceeded last year’s Awards with 50 Northland businesses competing in 7 business categories, 4 ancillary categories and an overall supreme winner.

Kia Tupato – winner of the Northland Regional Council Sustainable Business Award.

The judges said…

Kia Tupato is an outstanding example of a company that exhibits sustainability in terms of value-add to the economy and the community. At its core, are the values of a holistic Māori business which delivers on the four well-beings: social, cultural, economic and environmental. Kia Tupato make an unrivalled contribution to the progression of young people in Northland through training in skills that lead to better employment prospects and life management.

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Kia Tupato Security ready for Tonga vs Canada in Whangarei

Maori Future Makers

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“Wonderful feed-back.  I’ve just flown into my desk again and reflecting on the evening I would say by all accounts everyone experienced being “connected” to something quite special.  Great to see how people will back each other to win.  I’m on your team any time even if its to be your Orange-girl.  It’s a complete pleasure to stand beside you and Kia Tupato.  I’ll bathe in the light of your success and tell my mates how wicked cool you all are.

Have another power punched week.”

Korero soon, Charmaine Soljak – Radio Host

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“Congratulations on your awards night tonight. It is great to see you recognise the outstanding achievements of your team and the environment you have created within your group is fantastic and obvious to see. I really appreciate your invitation and opportunity to be part of your business.”

Regards John Lynch – Venues & Events Manager