Export award finalists of ‘outstanding calibre’

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Dairy related exporters are top contenders for this year’s Auckland, Waikato and Northland New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards.

At a time when dairy prices are bouncing back to a degree, Fonterra, Milk New Zealand Dairy and infant formula manufacturer New Zealand New Milk are the three finalists in the Westpac Exporter of the Year (revenue over $25 million).

Waikato finalists also include Hobbiton Movie Set for the second year in the Services Exporter of the Year (over $10 million) and Hamilton software company, Company-X in the Endace Services Exporter of the Year (export revenue $1million – $10million) category. Meanwhile Livestock Improvement Corporation is a finalist in the Baldwins Intellectual Property Best Use of Commercialisation For Export Award.

Overall, there are 25 finalists in seven categories.

“At ExportNZ we’re all about exporters helping exporters. Therefore the awards are a time when we take stock and celebrate the success of our peers and acknowledge the peaks and troughs they have traversed to get there,” says Catherine Lye, regional manager of ExportNZ Auckland, Waikato & Bay of Plenty.

We have a diverse range of finalists, from emerging to established sectors, from small to large companies, and I’m delighted with the calibre of finalists we have in this year’s awards,” she says.

For the year ended June 2016 exports of goods and services accounted for 28 percent ($NZ70.9 billion) of New Zealand’s GDP. The goal is to build this to 40 percent by 2025.

ExportNZ Auckland and Waikato are divisions of the Employers and Manufacturers Association. The 2017 awards will be presented at a black-tie gala dinner on June 29 at Sky City Convention Centre.

Finalists for Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards 2017 are:

Westpac Exporter of the Year (export revenue over $25million)
•    Fonterra
•    Milk New Zealand Dairy –
•    New Zealand New Milk

Ports of Auckland Exporter of the Year (export revenue $10million – $25million)
•    ABE’s Real Bagels
•    Endeavour Consumer Health
•    Mastip Technology

Services Exporter of the Year (export revenue over $10million)
•    Cognition Education Group
•    Hobbiton Movie Set
•    Serko
•    WhereScape

BDO Exporter of the Year (export revenue $5million – $10million)
•    Oob Foods
•    PowerShield

DHL Exporter of the Year (export revenue $1million – $5million)
•    ENZO Nutraceuticals
•    Helix Flight Manufacturing Machines
•    Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry (NZ)
•    Olivado
•    Pollen Group
•    Savar

Endace Services Exporter of the Year (export revenue $1million – $10million)
•    Company-X
•    HealthLink
•    Straker Translations

Baldwins Intellectual Property Best Use of Commercialisation for Export
•    Abodo Wood
•    Invenco
•    LIC
•    Pollen Group

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