Wings Over Wairarapa named Supreme Winner
Wings Over Wairarapa, the region’s biennial airshow, took out the Trust House Supreme Award at last night’s Wairarapa Awards, at a sell-out event at Masterton’s Copthorne Solway Park.
A packed house of more than 300 guests enjoyed an evening of celebration with MC Nick Rado, a four-time winner of the NZ Comedy Guild Best MC, entertaining the audience with his unique brand of humour.
The event, hosted by Business Wairarapa, brought together many of the leading figures in the Wairarapa business community. All three Wairarapa mayors, John Booth, Lyn Patterson and Viv Napier, MPs Kieran McAnulty and the Hon Ron Mark, along with Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Adrienne Staples and Business Wairarapa life member Bob Francis, made presentations to representatives from the winning businesses.
Business Wairarapa General Manager, Catherine Rossiter-Stead, was delighted with the success of the evening, which despite only being in its second year has already established itself as a firm fixture on the Wairarapa events calendar. “It was another fantastic night, only made possible by the tremendous support of our sponsors and partners,” she explained.
“There is so much to celebrate about the success of business in our region, not only in terms of financial results and the revenue they generate for Wairarapa as a whole, but also in the way they look after their staff, create opportunities and think outside the box for new ways to develop and market their products and services.
“The strong feeling throughout the evening was one of pride in what we are achieving as a community and it was wonderful to hear people share their stories of success in so many different ways.
“This is a very special region in which to do business and main objective of the Wairarapa Awards is to help reinforce that message. Our winners thoroughly deserve their awards, but each of our nominees and finalists has a special story to tell. Our job now is to continue to spread the word to the rest of New Zealand that we are open for business and there’s no better place to work and enjoy life.”
Wings Over Wairarapa impressed the independent judging panel by reinventing itself for the 20th anniversary, placing a great emphasis on educating the 4,500 students who attended the Friday sessions, as well as putting on another incredible airshow which the region can be truly proud of. The event was named the Tranzit Vibrant Award winner, for those businesses who are leaders in Wairarapa’s burgeoning hospitality and tourism sector, alongside the other category winners: Under The Stars (ANZ Emerging Award), Victoria Read from Aspect Architecture (Drake New Zealand Service Award), Rebel Bakehouse (Harcourts Hamill Realty Innovation Award) and Clareville Bakery (Gibson Sheat Team Award).
A special presentation was made to Sally Summers of Saunders Shoes, for her outstanding contribution and service to a Wairarapa business, and Business Wairarapa tributes were made to Alan Stewart, Executive Chair of Hansells, and Prue Hamill, Managing Director of Hamill Realty.
Business Wairarapa would like to thank category sponsors ANZ, Drake New Zealand, Gibson Sheat, Harcourts Hamill Realty and Tranzit, and also Trust House and the Copthorne Solway Park Hotel & Resort, along with their event partners: the Wairarapa Times-Age, Mediaworks Wairarapa, Tui, Matahiwi Estate, WellingtonNZ, Southey Sayer Accountants, Promote Communications and the three District Councils – Carterton, Masterton and South Wairarapa.