CBD Celebration Awards


Hamilton Central Business Association (HCBA) hosted the revamped CBD Celebration Awards, sponsored by Mediaworks, in an event focused on celebrating the businesses that make up the central city.

Hamilton Central general manager Vanessa Williams and Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Jason Dawson.

Hosted at Stark Property’s beautiful Riverbank Lane, with catering by Miltons Canteen and drinks by the Hamilton Beer and Wine Co, the evening showcased the CBD at its finest. The laneway space was transformed by event staging company Royal Laboratorie, creating an edgy and modern venue to hold the awards. With subtle lighting from SBI Productions, the soulful tunes of Hamilton singer Coral and the evening captured on camera by Moving Media Ltd, the awards provided a Hamilton offering at every turn.

Vanessa Williams, General Manager of the Hamilton Central Business Association, was delighted with the evening and more importantly with the record number of award entries received. “Hamilton’s CBD is home to some fantastic businesses with amazing stories and the CBD Celebration Awards provides us with a wonderful opportunity to publicly recognise the contribution they make to the central city”.

Following a fresh new format, the awards were split in to two parts: the Success Awards recognising those businesses that have been a stand out in their category to a judging panel and the Best Awards recognising those businesses who the HCBA Executive Board have judged as contributing to the revitalisation of Hamilton’s CBD.

“The awards night was a reflection of a new era for Hamilton’s central city “said HCBA executive chair Sarah King. “The development in the city right now is phenomenal, there is action at every turn. The awards captured that with a wonderful mix of entrants from established and new businesses in the CBD and all were of an exceptional quality. The feedback has been fantastic and we are excited to be a part of Hamilton central city’s journey.”

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Retail Business
Highly commended – Trek ‘n’ Travel
Runner up – Snapshot
Winner – Texas Radio

Tourism/Hospitality Business
Highly commended – Waikato Museum
Runner up – Little George
Winner – Madam Woo

Professional Services
Highly commended – Westpac Hamilton Branch
Runner up – NAI Harcourts
Winner – Dynamo6

Trade Services
Highly commended – TDM Homes
Runner up – NV Hair
Winner – Body Cafe

Social Enterprise
Highly commended – CBD Safety Comes First
Runner up – Zeal
Winner – Age Concern

Winner – MWDesign

Public Vote
Highly commended – Confinement – Escape Rooms
Runner up. – Coffix
Winner – Body Cafe

CBD Hero Award – Colin Hancock
New Business in the CBD Award  – Thrift’d Streetwear
Improved CBD Site Award – Bowl and Social
CBD Experience Award – Boon Street Art Festival
International in the CBD Award – Fonda Latina
CBD Youth Award – Zeal


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