Queen sends her best for Hamilton’s CBD Celebration Awards


The biggest winner on the night may have been the old Hamilton Hotel when attendees at the CBD Celebration Awards celebrated Hamilton’s central business success.

The 96-year-old heritage building on Victoria Street’s south end showed some of its former sparkle and glamour for the event before it is set to be repurposed as part of the wider development site for the new Waikato Regional Theatre.

News of the awards also reached Buckingham Palace, with Her Majesty the Queen sending her best wishes on hearing the celebration was being held in the Hamilton Hotel where she and the Duke of Edinburgh stayed during their 1953 Commonwealth Tour.

The Queen’s letter, a pleasant surprise for attendees, was read on the evening by Hamilton Central Business Association general manager Vanessa Williams who said it added honour to an already exciting evening.

Vanessa said the transformation of the venue for “one night only” would not have been possible without the support and efforts of local sponsors and supporters.

“While the old hotel was a showpiece in its day, it hadn’t been inhabited for a significant period. The team at Foster Maintain did a fantastic job transforming the venue to create a beautiful space for 200 guests to mingle and celebrate.

“Additional touches by event staging company Royal Laboratorie and lighting by SBI Productions added the magic touch to the night, alongside the menu designed especially for the event by Gothenburg and wine from Primo Vino.

Doormen in top hats and tails greeting guests also added a touch of old-world glamour to the event.

Moving Media captured footage of the evening and photos of guests and award winners in a themed photography room.

Vanessa said all the award entries showcased the breadth of some of New Zealand’s best businesses.

“I’m constantly wowed by the calibre of businesses based in Hamilton’s CBD. We compete on every stage – local, national, and international, and that is something to be incredibly proud of.

“It’s an honour for us to be able to recognise and celebrate these businesses.”

Connie Chittick, acting chair of the Hamilton Central Business Association, said the awards highlighted the outstanding contributions of businesses to the development of a vibrant city centre.

“This year’s CBD Celebration Awards were pitched to entrants as an opportunity to acknowledge business success and recognise and celebrate the contribution of each business in the central city,” she says.

“The atmosphere was buzzing with lots of proud award winners. Combined with one final night of glamour for the Hamilton Hotel, it was certainly a night to remember.”

Award recipients

Professional Services
H.C. – Maisey Harris & Co
R.U. – Company-X
W – Beca

Retail Business
H.C. – Snapshot
R.U. – Sisters on London
W – Mark One Comics

Social Enterprise
H.C. – CBD Safety Comes First
R.U. – Seed Waikato
W – Zeal Hamilton

Tourism/Hospitality Business
H.C. – De Stylez Studio Mix
R.U. – Waikato Museum
W – Banh Mi Caphe

Trade Services
H.C. – Niche Skincare & Day Spa
R.U. – Rainbow Kids Childcare
W – Anytime Fitness Hamilton Central

H.C. – Company-X
R.U. – MWDesign
W – TDM Homes

Public Vote
H.C. – Banh Mi Caphe
R.U. – Coffix Hamilton
W – Body Cafe

Best awards
CBD Hero Award – Matt Stark
New Business in the CBD Award – Electrify NZ Hamilton
Improved Site Award – The Riverbank Lane
CBD Experience Award – The Meteor
CBD International AwardChinese Lantern Festival
CBD Youth Award – Seed Waikato

For photos of the event click here


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