09 Oct BeeNZ Win Business Award 2016
Successful Katikati bee business, BeeNZ Ltd took out not only the best manufacturing/processing award but the supreme accolade at the 2016 Katikati and Waihi Beach Community Business Awards.
As finalists, directors David and Julie Hayes were excited to have won their award category but were ecstatic for the staff when they were announced winners of the supreme title, presented by Western Bay of Plenty District Council chief executive Miriam Taris.
BeeNZ is a family owned and operated business that specialises in producing and exporting high-quality honey products.
David and Julie and their three sons have more than 15 years experience in the beekeeping industry, operating the successful Buzz Apiaries Ltd.
Last year they built a new honey processing facility in Tetley Road.
What impressed the judges was that in the short time they have been operating, BeeNZ had secured international supply agreements, as well as their commitment to the Katikati community, not only with the investment in equipment and buildings, but their staff and their training and the way they look after them is great for the region, judges said.
“One of the highlights was how this business operates with its family business nature and family business values, and also their extreme community focus and how well they have managed to relate to the Asian story. How they have managed to work out how to do business in Asia in such a short time is a credit to them.”
The judges said, “giving back” is a great thing.
“Not only do BeeNZ give both their time, energy and financial support to the local communities in both Katikati and Waihi Beach, they are also starting to work offshore in developing their honey industry through the Pacific Islands.”
Joint organiser Katch Katikati’s Jacqui Knight said the 2016 awards at Flatwhite cafe at Waihi Beach were a huge success.
“Overall everyone had a great time. All the winning businesses were very deserving and the judges were hugely impressed with all of the businesses they saw. It’s nice to know business is going well in our communities.”
The awards were an opportunity to honour business excellence as well as volunteers and the amount of hours they put in, she said.