Are you ready to showcase your business’s achievements and stand out in the Wairarapa? 

Choose your preferred entry category below and submit your entry using our easy online form. It’s your time to shine!


2024 Category Criteria:

Gibson Sheat TEAM


The Team award recognises those businesses / organisations that put the wellness and well-being of their people at the forefront of what they do. The judges will be looking for business / organisations that look after the people that work for them. You will need to demonstrate that you employ exceptional well-being practices and provide both support and investment in your people.

Previous winners:

  • Eastwood Motor Group
  • Clareville Bakery
  • Kāhu Environmental
  • Rival Wealth
  • Inspire Living

Harcourts Hamill Realty INNOVATION 


This category highlights businesses / organisations that are exploring new ideas, services and products and the judges will be looking for entities who think outside the box. You do not have to be a new business / organisation, but your ideas do need to be innovative.

Previous winners:

  • Tranzit Group
  • Rebel Bakehouse
  • Wairarapa Chiropractic
  • Aratoi Museum of Art & History
  • My Trucking

Business Wairarapa DIVERSIFICATION


Diversification presents challenges but ultimately reduces business risks while creating new revenue opportunities. This award celebrates those businesses that have achieved growth through diversification and acknowledges their evolution, hard work, and strategic risk-taking. Successful nominees will demonstrate:

  • A well-conceived and effectively executed diversification strategy.
  • Expansion of their business as a result of diversification efforts.
  • Measurable increases in revenue directly attributable to diversification initiatives.

This is a new Award for 2024

Kahungunu ki Wairarapa PAKIHI MĀORI 


This award recognises and celebrates the success of Pakahi Māori / Māori enterprise. The judges will be looking for those enterprises that make a significant contribution to Māori Enterprise and who go above and beyond to support our community in the workplace.

Previous winners:

  • Kāinga Eatery
  • The Wairarapa Youth Charitable Trust and The Wairarapa Boxing Academy 

Kloeg Family Collective EXPERIENCE


Sponsored by family-owned and run Wairarapa businesses Ten O’clock Cookie Bakery Cafe, The Clareville Bakery, Famly and Saint Sebastian, this award is presented to those businesses that go above and beyond to provide an exceptional customer experience and make it a top priority to ensure their visitors and customers feel welcomed. The judges will also be looking to understand how the business looks after its staff and whether it promotes a positive team culture.

Previous Winners (a new Award in 2023)

  • Driving Miss Daisy Wairarapa

Masterton Trust Lands Trust NOT-FOR-PROFIT 


This award recognises the support and contribution made by a not-for-profit organisation to the Wairarapa community. The judges will be looking at organisations who are registered as a charity, trust or incorporated society. You will have a clear, defined mission that is impact-driven and aligned to your strategic plan. Your impact needs to be visible and measurable and your finances also need to be transparent, well-managed, and

Previous Winners (a new Award in 2023)

  • Masterton Food Bank

Mayors Taskforce for Jobs YOUTH-FRIENDLY Award


With the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs programme delivered in Wairarapa by Youth2Work Wairarapa, this award is focused on lifelong learning and recognises businesses that are friendly employers for our 16 to 24-year-olds. The judges will be looking for how the business supports young people through its recruitment, training and retention processes.

Previous winners:

  • Juken NZ Ltd – Wairarapa Mill
  • Tunniciffe Bulders Ltd WEDS
  • Powershop Masterton

Tranzit Group VIBRANT


This award features those businesses / organisations that are leaders in Wairarapa’s events and tourism sector. Wairarapa is renowned for putting on great events, both large and small that attract visitors from around the globe. Finalists usually demonstrate one or more of the following elements: a quality offering for visitors to Wairarapa, the execution of a successful marketing campaign, the development of an innovative idea or the potential to grow into a legacy offering in the future.

Previous winners:

  • Country Village Heaven
  • Wings Over Wairarapa
  • Wairarapa Racing Club – Tauherenikau Events Centre
  • The White Swan
  • Greytown Festival of Christmas



This award showcases businesses and organisations that have been operating for less than 3 years. Judges will be looking for up-and-coming businesses that are gaining momentum and that are the ones to watch.

Previous winners:

  • Reid & Reid
  • Under the Stars
  • Homegrown Butcher, Deli & Pantry
  • Enable Design
  • Cycling Tom Bike Shop



The Trust House Supreme Award recognises the business as chosen from the winners of all nine categories.

Previous winners:

  • Tranzit Group
  • Wings Over Wairarapa
  • Wairarapa Racing Club – Tauherenikau Events Centre
  • The White Swan 
  • Greytown Festival of Christmas

Enter your Business using the Form Below:



  • 19 August – Entries are now OPEN and close 5.00 pm Monday, 19 August 2024.
  • 12 September – The Trust House Finalist Reveal with take place Thursday, 12 September, at Copthorne Solway Park.
  • 14 November – The Grand Finale Gala Dinner will be held at Matahiwi Estate on Thursday, 14 November, with Hilary Barry as Master of Ceremonies.


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