Held every two years, the Business Awards provide an opportunity for businesses to celebrate their success, take stock of where they are and focus on the things they do well.

An independent judging panel have now assessed all the entries and whittled them down to a shortlist of finalists, with the category and supreme winners announced at a black tie Gala Dinner held on 11 June 2022.  Award finalists listed below.

We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to all our sponsors for making these Awards possible. A full list of sponsors is below.

Business Excellence Award Partners
Milford Asset Management
Rippon Vineyard & Winery Ltd
Business Excellence Award Sponsors

  • Milford Asset Management -  Supreme Winner
  • Lake Wanaka Tourism -  Outstanding in Tourism
  • Cardrona -  Outstanding Individual
  • Aspiring Law  - Outstanding in Innovation
  • Findex - Outstanding in Trades & Infrastructure
  • Queenstown Airport - Outstanding in Sustainability
  • Logic1 - Outstanding in Retail
  • Wanaka App - People's Choice
  • Air New Zealand - Young Enterprise 
  • EASI NZ - Outstanding Employer
  • Drive Accounting - Outstanding in Hospitality
  • Todd & Walker Law - Resilience and Diversification Award
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council - Outstanding Not for Profit or Social Enterprise

Event Sponsors

  • Scope Media
  • Radio Wanaka
  • Wanaka App.

Supported by Milford Asset Management, we are excited to announce the Finalists.

Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Outstanding in infrastructure/trades (supported by Findex): Batchelar McDougall, Dunlop Builders, Mega Mitre10, R&R Plumbing, Uppercut Firewood 

Outstanding in professional services: Batchelar McDougall, The Film Crew, Ocula

Outstanding in tourism (supported by Lake Wānaka Tourism): Hook, Lavender Farm, Wild Wire  

Outstanding in retail (supported by Logic1): Lavender Farm, Mega Mitre10, Ocula  

Outstanding in hospitality (supported by Drive Accounting): Lavender Farm, Pembroke Patisserie, Red Star Burgers 

Outstanding in innovation (supported by Aspiring Law): Proppy.co.nz, R&R Plumbing, The Film Crew

Outstanding in sustainability (supported by Queenstown Airport): Manage My House, Ripe, Wild Wire  

Outstanding young enterprise (supported by Air New Zealand): The Next Chapter, The Napery, Village Gift 

Outstanding not-for-profit (supported by Queenstown Lakes District Council): WAI Wanaka, Community Networks/LINK Upper Clutha, WAO 

Resilience and Diversification Award (supported by Todd & Walker Law): Pembroke Patisserie, The Film Crew, Wild Wire

Outstanding employer (supported by EASI NZ): Breen Construction, Manage My House, Ocula 

Outstanding individual (sponsored by Cardrona Alpine Resort): Anna Van Riel, Bridget Legnavsky, Mandy Bell

People’s Choice finalists (supported by the Wanaka App): Dunlop Builders, Lavender Farm, Mega Mitre10, The Next Chapter, Ocula, Pembroke Patisserie, R&R Plumbing, The Film Crew, Village Gift 


Previous winners and supporters:

Supreme Winner supported by Milford Asset Management
2016 Puzzling World
2017 Cardrona Alpine Resort
2019 Wanaka Helicopters 

Outstanding in Tourism supported by Lake Wanaka Tourism
2016 Puzzling World
2017 Cardrona Alpine Resort
2019 Wanaka Helicopters 

Outstanding in Trades & Infrastructure supported by Findex
2016 Aquasystems Australasia
2017 Optum Plumbing
2019 Roofing Hub

Outstanding in Professional Services 
2016 Eyes on Ardmore (now OCULA)
2017 Blend Creative
2019 OCULA  

Outstanding in Retail & Hospitality supported by Cardrona 
2016 Mons Royale
2017 Perriam
2019 Pembroke Patisserie

Outstanding Startup supported by Air New Zealand
2017 N/A
2019 Hook

Outstanding in Innovation supported by Aspiring Law 
2016 Revology. Kin2kin - Highly commended 
2017 The Wanaka App
2019 The Wanaka App

Outstanding in Sustainability supported by Queenstown and Wanaka Airports 
2016 N/A
2017 Eastwood Environmental Plumbing
2019 Cardrona

Outstanding Individual supported by Ray White
2016 Mark Verbiest
2017 Hamish Acland, Founder Mons Royale
2019 Monique Kelly, ONE New Zealand and Revology 

People's Choice supported by The Wanaka App
2016 N/A
2017 Challenge Wanaka
2019 The Fit Collective