Our winners keep coming


It’s December – and the season to be celebrating. 

This month’s Waikato Business News is filled with stories of people and organisations who have been recognised for excellence. 

Te Kauwhata’s Invivo Wines was named the supreme winner of the Waikato Business Awards on a gala night at Claudelands in mid-November. 

In this edition of the Waikato Business News Mary Anne Gill talks to another winner, Jenni Falconer, who was named emerging leader of the year. 

See: It’s not what you know ….

Emergency Consult chief executive Jenni Falconer in her Hamilton office days after winning Waikato’s emerging leader award. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

Gill was also at Hamilton’s CBD awards, with camera, to capture some moments at Roose Common Park. 

See: A Night on the Town

The Kudos science awards were also held last month and saw a supreme lifetime achievement awarded to Steve Davis of Livestock Improvement Corporation. 

Sport climbing champion Sarah Tetzlaff, a Waikato University student, won the Waikato Regional Council Prize in Water Science. She is combining her studies with 20 hours a week training in the hope of qualifying for the Olympics. 

Three Waikato companies picked up awards in the Master Builders House of the Year awards – including FV Design and Build, who built the Supreme House of the Year under $1 million in Raglan. 

The month also saw the latest group of students to receive a scholarship from the David Johnston Charitable Trust, which has now distributed almost $4 million to assist a variety of students, most from rural communities. 

This month’s Waikato Business News also carries stories about 13 graduates from an apprenticeship programme run by HCL Tech who were given jobs by the company – and we report on another 21 leaders who graduated from the Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation. 

See: Out and About

Community thanks: Representatives from Waikato disability organisation Enrich Group Johnathan Tan, general manager, left, and Operations manager Janne Nottage, right, at the Celebrating Waipā event at Lake Karāpiro last month hosted by deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk and mayor Susan O’Regan. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.


About Author

Roy Pilott

Roy Pilott - the editorial director at Good Local Media - has worked in media in both New Zealand and the UK. He began his career at South Waikato News, worked for a football magazine and an east London tabloid, and later became the editor of the Waikato Times and Taranaki Daily News, and sub editor for the Sunday Star Times.