Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Villa Maria Estate captures big prize


Villa Maria Estate captures big prize at NZI National Sustainable Business Network awards


Auckland’s Villa Maria Estate has been named Sustainable Business of the Year at the NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards announced last night (22 November).

The awards, which are now in their ninth year, are the pre-eminent sustainability awards in New Zealand. They recognise leaders in social innovation and businesses that are championing sustainability and new sustainable market solutions. The awards celebrate savvy organisations that are reshaping their business models for a more sustainable New Zealand.

The award judges praised Villa Maria for its avant garde approach within its own industry saying that the business is a clear demonstration of what is possible across all sectors in New Zealand. Judges singled out the company’s responsible approach to marketing alcohol and its understanding of the social impact of alcohol consumption for particular praise. Villa Maria was also winner of the Trailblazer – Large Business category.

“Villa Maria provides a great example of how successful business and leading-edge sustainable practices can go hand in hand,” says Sustainable Business Network Chief Executive Rachel Brown.

Other key awards announced were the People’s Choice Award, presented to Raw Essentials, a raw pet food company that uses locally-sourced, pest species. This award was open to public voting: from a selection of five finalists, chosen by the award sponsor Vodafone, members of the public were able to vote for their favourite sustainable business.

The Social Innovation Award was presented to Te Whangai, an organisation that provides young unemployed people with the opportunity to work in a plant nursery.

The winner of the Sustainable Design and Innovation Award was Return to Sender, a company that produces biodegradable caskets and urns in which ashes can be interred.

Founder of Phoenix Organics, Chris Morrison received the Sustainability Champion Award for his tireless work in sustainability organisations such as the New Zealand Biological Producers and Consumers Society (which operates the BioGro Organic Certification programme) and his contribution to multiple green companies as a founder and investor. Judges commented that Chris is a true pioneer who has demonstrated great resilience and endurance.

The full list of NZI National Sustainable Business Network Award winners is:

Raw Essentials (locally-sourced raw pet food using pest species) – Small Emerging Business Winner

Colmar Brunton (market research company) – Medium Emerging Business Winner

Trevelyan Pack and Cool Ltd (packing and cool storage for kiwifruit and avocados) – Large Emerging Business Winner (sponsored by EECA)

Kokako (organic coffee company) – Small Trailblazer Winner

James & Wells Intellectual Property (intellectual property law firm) – Medium Trailblazer Winner (sponsored by University of Waikato Management School)

Villa Maria Estate (wine industry) – Large Trailblazer Winner (sponsored by Ricoh)

Unitec Institute of Technology (tertiary provider) – Trailblazer Not-for-Profit Winner (sponsored by Convergence Communications)

Te Whangai – Social Innovation Award (sponsored by NZ Post)

Return to Sender – Sustainable Design & Innovation Award (sponsored by AUT University)

Chris Morrison – Sustainability Champion (sponsored by Element magazine)

Raw Essentials – People’s Choice Award (sponsored by Vodafone)

Villa Maria Estate – Sustainable Business of the Year

Commendations in their respective national award categories were given to regional winners Meridian Energy, Sharp Tudhope Lawyers and Kaimira Estate Wines. Commendations were also awarded to Gap Filler for the Social Innovation Award and Biobrew for the Sustainable Design and Innovation Award.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Half Empty: Fonterra's 2017 Opening Forecast Below Expectations

Fonterra Cooperative Group raised its forecast farmgate milk payout for next season by less than expected as the world's largest dairy exporter predicts lower prices will crimp production and supply will pick up. The New Zealand dollar fell. More>>

ALSO:

Pest Control: Mouse Blitz Team Leaves For Antipodes

The Million Dollar Mouse project to rid Antipodes Island of mice is underway with the departure of a rodent eradication team to the remote nature reserve and World Heritage Area. More>>

Gongs Got: Canon Media Awards & NZ Radio Awards Happen

Radio NZ: RNZ website The Wireless, which is co-funded by NZ On Air, was named best website, while Toby Manhire and Toby Morris won the best opinion general writing section for their weekly column on rnz.co.nz and Tess McClure won the best junior feature writer section. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Budget: Debt Focus Risks Losing Opportunity To Stoke Economy

The Treasury is likely to upgrade its forecasts for economic growth in Budget 2016 next week but Finance Minister Bill English has already signalled that more of his focus is on debt repayment than on fiscal stimulus or tax cuts... More>>

ALSO:

Fulton Hogan's Heroes: Managing Director Nick Miller Resigns

Fulton Hogan managing director Nick Miller will leave the privately owned construction company after seven years in charge. The Dunedin-based company has kicked off a search for a replacement, and Miller will stay on at the helm until March next year, or until a successor has been appointed and a transition period completed. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Electricity, Executions, And Bob Dylan

The Electricity Authority has unveiled the final version of its pricing plan for electricity transmission. This will change the way transmission prices (which comprise about 10% of the average power bill) are computed, and will add hundreds of dollars a year to power bills for many ordinary consumers. More>>

ALSO:

Half Empty: Fonterra NZ, Australia Milk Collection Drops In Season

Fonterra Cooperative Group says milk collection is down in New Zealand and Australia, its two largest markets, in the first 11 months of the season during a period of weak dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news