Salutes the Brave, the Resilient and the Agile

The Wairarapa Awards in association with Festival Hire took place on Thursday last week, as a unique, Hybrid event. A first for Wairarapa, the event was live-streamed across six event ‘bubbles’ throughout Wairarapa, all connected by audio and visual links. Awards sponsors hosted their category finalists and guests at top Wairarapa hospitality venues, joining in and celebrating the wins as they were announced form Solway Copthorne Resort.

Covid-19 and Delta Alert Level-2 did not prevent the agility and adaptability of Wairarapa businesses to celebrate the successes of their community peers.



“Tonight, tells a story of those people who have taken the uncertainty and used it as an opportunity. We salute the brave and the agile and those who have decided to give the trials and tribulations of life post-covid no airtime.”

Julie Millar – Chair, Business Wairarapa

The ANZ EMERGING Business Award went to Homegrown Butchery, Deli and Pantry

Presented by Carterton Mayor Greg Lang and celebrated by the Homegrown team from The Clareville Bakery, “To be a finalist in the ANZ emerging awards, you need to adapt – I can assure you, our finalists tonight have adapted”.


The GIBSON SHEAT TEAM Award went to Martinborough Business, Kāhu Environmental

Received from transformed Masterton Café, 10 O’clock Cookie, Kāhu Environmental stated “This is the best endorsement we could ask for. Our team and our culture really ARE our business, and we’re all proud as punch to have that acknowledged publicly”.


The HARCOURTS HAMILL REALTY Award for INNOVATION went to Wairarapa Chiropractic
Speaking from Saint Sebastian, Wairarapa Chiropractor Dr. Ben Bruce praised his colleagues: “We’ve got such an amazing team. We’re so blessed to be able to work with such a cool group of people – these guys are like our family”.


The MORE FM 89.5 Wairarapa Award for SERVICE went to Jordan McDowall of Masterton Business, Barbershop Jordy

Speaking from Clareville Bakery Jordan of Barbershop Jordy spoke of “Providing barbering apprenticeships to Wairarapa and creating opportunities for young people to do what they want to do”.


The Youth 2 Work Wairarapa YOUTH-FRIENDLY Business Award went to JUKEN New Zealand (JNL)

Presented from the Carterton Events Centre, JNL General Manager Karl Burling, said that the company currently had their “highest ever proportion of workers in the under 25 age group, with aligned pathways for their young workers“.


WINNER of both the TRANZIT Group VIBRANT Award and the night’s highest honour, the TRUST HOUSE SUPREME Award was Tauherenikau Events Centre.

Speaking from Greytown’s The White Swan, a humbled Tauherenikau Racing Club President Garrick Emms said “We’re trying to divert and go further to be not just a racetrack. I think the reason we were successful, is because we are so diverse… It was quite a surprise to hear that the judges thought we were making a valuable contribution. I’m really pleased”.


The 2021 BUSINESS WAIRARAPA TRIBUTE Awards went to Rebecca Sayer of Accountancy Business Southey Sayer and Paul Southey of A1 Homes

Presented to Rebecca Sayer by Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty from Solway Copthorne Resort, the contribution that Rebecca has made to community and business was praised. Rebecca Sayer said she felt completely blind-sided “I love being part of the community, and will always give back to the community I’m in.”

Paul Southey received the second Tribute for his many professional and personal contributions made to Wairarapa, including the establishment of the Māori in Business Wairarapa Network. “We do it because of our founding fathers, our business people that have come through”, he said’


Business Wairarapa would like to thank all sponsors for their unwavering support, their adaptability and for coming to the party – both figuratively and literally.