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The finalists have been announced for the ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards 2023.

The finalists for the 2023 ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards have been announced. Now in its sixth year, these awards hold a special place in the export calendar as they recognise and honour the exceptional work of Wellington exporters, highlighting their dedication in building and strengthening the reputation of Aotearoa beyond its borders.

By celebrating the achievements of local exporters, the Export Awards provide a perfect

opportunity to showcase the remarkable efforts of the Wellington export community.

Despite the number of challenges posed by the past year, exporters have continued to endure and supersede expectations. It’s important to acknowledge the outstanding mahi of the export community.

James Ardern, CEO of Whittaker’s Chocolate, spoke of what it meant to win Exporter of the Year in 2021. “Our team were buzzing after winning the award. As a family-owned New Zealand business from our one site in Porirua, we’ve been steadily increasing our exports and accelerating our growth. We have a vision of the world loving ‘world-class chocolate from Porirua’ so it was fantastic and very humbling for the team to be acknowledged with such an esteemed award.”

Ten finalists from the Wellington region have been selected across four categories, representing a

diverse range of exporters. Being recognised with an award is a truly humbling experience, one that serves as a source of inspiration for others in the industry.

Dave Shoemack, CEO of Goodnature, shared his thoughts on what it meant to participate in the

awards last year and ultimately win Exporter of the Year.

“Our Wellington Export Awards experience was amazing; the entry process was focused and thought-provoking, and the judging panel took the time to come to our HQ to understand from the inside out what makes us tick.

“After running this ‘gauntlet’, our team were absolutely thrilled to take home the Award, and afterwards the judges followed up with feedback on what we did well and some valuable insights on where we can be better. I highly recommend any Wellington-based exporter to apply in 2023.”

The winners of each category will be revealed during the upcoming Gala Dinner on June 8, which will be held at Te Papa. Tickets for the event are available for purchase here.


Award Finalists 2023:

Best Emerging Business – Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence

Hnry and Human Dynamo Workshop

Best Established Business – Sponsored by CentrePort Wellington

Taylor Preston and Betacraft

Excellence in Sustainability – Sponsored by GoZero at Business Central

Cogo, Orba Shoes, Garage Project and Antipodes

Excellence in Innovation – Sponsored by Deloitte.

Method Insights (Method Recycling) and MoneySense AI


All finalists will also be competing for the Judges’ Choice Award, sponsored by Victoria University of Wellington

Exporter of the Year is sponsored by ASB


Glenn Baker

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


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