Photos from the Ignite Wānaka Business Awards June 2022.

More than 200 people attended the awards gala dinner, which took place at Rippon Hall.
Winners were selected by an independent panel of local judges: Wayne Hudson (convenor), Ann Lockhart, Charlie James and Meg Taylor.
Hudson says: “It was good to see a large number of entries, despite some negativity resulting from the lockdowns in the past two years. We also appreciated the honest comments from entrants about how hard Covid had affected them and how they were dealing with the impact on their businesses. Congratulations to everyone who entered. Just putting in an entry form would have helped them to look at their business instead of being lost in the business. And hopefully they will have learnt something positive during the process of entering.”
Ignite Wānaka chair Jo Learmonth says: “The Ignite Wānaka board congratulates all winners and finalists in this year’s awards. The past two years have been particularly challenging and it’s important that we take a moment to celebrate all that we have achieved as a local business community. We’d especially like to thank our sponsors – without their support, this event would not have been able to happen.”

Here's a selection of images from the night.