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The finalists in the HSBC NZCTA China Business Awards 2015 were announced recently at Villa Maria in Auckland.
China is already a hugely important market for the New Zealand economy, and is destined to become more important given the ambitious two-way trade growth targets agreed by the leaders of the two countries. The awards are intended to celebrate the success of the economic relationship between the two countries, and to recognise the organisations and individuals contributing to that success through trade and investment. They are role models for all aspiring businesses looking to do business between China and New Zealand.
A record number of entries were received for this year’s awards, from small to medium enterprises and large corporates. It was fantastic to see so many industries represented, from importing, food and beverage, and hi-tech manufacturing to education, tourism, online services, TV and film, which reflects the deepening economic relationship between the two countries.
This year’s entries were of such high calibre the judging panel of nine had difficulty selecting the finalists. The finalists represent a diverse cross-section of companies in New Zealand doing business with China and Hong Kong as well as Chinese owned companies operating in New Zealand.
1.    Mainfreight Award for excellence in Export or Import: Recognises companies excelling in taking their product or service to the China Market or from China to the New Zealand market. 
Finalists: Glacier Investments Limited, New Zealand Focus and Synlait Milk Ltd.
2.    Auckland International Airport Award for Excellence in Tourism: Recognises innovative and successful tourism initiatives that support the growth of tourism from China. 
Finalists: Ngaitahu Tourism, Whale Watch Kaikoura Limited and YHA New Zealand.
3.    DLA Piper Award for Inward or Outward Investment with China: Recognises innovative and successful investment, whether in China or in New Zealand. 
Finalists: Fisher & Paykel Appliances Limited, Milk New Zealand Holdings Limited, Oceania Dairy Limited and Yashili New Zealand Dairy Ltd. 
4.    NZCTA Award for Supply Chain Innovation: Recognises demonstrated capability and innovation generating Supply Chain benefits to China New Zealand Trade. 
Finalists: Comvita, Milk New Zealand Holdings Limited and Synlait Milk Ltd. 
5.    Cathay Pacific Award for Outstanding Contribution: Recognises the achievements of an organisation or individual who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the New Zealand China relationship through vision, commitment, mentoring and/or success to their own or other organisation or industry. 
Finalists: Chinese New Settlers Trust, Natural History New Zealand and WINTEC (Waikato Institute of Technology).
6.    HKNZBA Award for Hong Kong Business: Recognises the best use of Hong Kong by a New Zealand Company. 
Finalists: Comvita and New Zealand Focus.
The gala dinner held at the Viaducts Event Centre in Auckland on May 7 will announce the winners and supreme winner.
Glenn Baker

Glenn is a professional writer/editor with 50-plus years’ experience across radio, television and magazine publishing.


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