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Winners named at the 11th National Pacific Business Trust Awards

News 28 Jun 2018

Winners of the 11th National Pacific Business Trust Awards were celebrated at Eden Park on June with Pacific businesses and social enterprises recognised.

The Awards were well attended by Pacific business people, community leaders.

Cook Island family-owned fertiliser company Pacific Biofert, who have been in business for more than 30 years, took out the ATEED 2018 Pacific Business Award.

As an agricultural business supplying fertiliser products for the agricultural and horticultural sectors in New Zealand, Pacific Biofert has developed an internationally-patented process and range of products that utilise natural resources to create highly available and cost-effective soil and plant foods.

Pacific Biofert Managing Director Bill Sinclair, who accepted the award on stage with his mother said success was largely thanks to the perseverance of "this lady here" his mother and their late father, because they pushed their kids to succeed and pursue their passions. They built that mentality of pushing to succeed.

“We are a family business with a strong family at its foundation,” said Bill.

Internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and dance studio owner Parris Goebel was honoured in a new closed-award category, The Legacy Award, which acknowledges Pacific business leaders with business that have been consistently successful over a number of years making a prestigious and well-known name for themselves.

Parris said “this is special because it’s being acknowledged by my people and for my culture. It’s important because it made me who I am, and the Polynesian traditions are reasons I stood out in the industry.”

She later tweeted: “What an amazing night!! Tonight I was awarded the Pacific Legacy award at the Pacific Business Awards. I couldn’t help but cry as they announced my name and the whole room stood up. This means the world to me to be acknowledged by my people. Proud Polynesian❤️ thank you so much. “

The complete list winners is:

Massey University 2018 HATCHing Pacific Business Award: Jitel Contracting

Panuku Development 2018 Pacific Impact Award: Kokiti Workshops

Pacific Media Network 2018 Pacific Social Enterprise Award: Moana Research

Microsoft NZ 2018 Pacific Innovation Award: The Food Company NZ

Sister United 2018 Pacific Woman in Business Award: Rachel Lewis, Devitise Marketing

ATEED 2018 Pacific Business Award: Pacific Biofert

2018 Pacific Legacy Award: Parris Goebel

A major theme of the awards was collaboration, which was woven all throughout the evening with a variety of entertainment, Pacific-fusion cuisine and represented in the calibre of finalists and winners of the evening as recognised by the judges.

Held ten times since 1993, the awards highlight the transformation of innovation into business excellence and celebrate the growing number of Pacific entrepreneurs and established businesses that contribute positively to the NZ economy.

Addressing the crowd, Pacific Business Trust chair Fa’amatuainu (Inu) Tino Pereira said the calibre of the winners this evening displayed an abundance of Pacific achievement, talent, resilience, creativity and innovation being recognised even outside of our Pacific communities.