Previous OBIZ Awards

Previous Award Winners

2014 OBIZ Awards Finalists and Winners

OBIZ Awards 2014 officially launched on 1 July 2014. Winners were announced at the OBIZ Awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 6 November 2014. For information please contact Sarah on 03 479 0181 or email

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award

Whitestone Cheese Co

Whitestone Cheese of North Otago was founded in 1987 as a diversification during the 1980’s rural downturn and a series of crippling droughts. Bob Berry’s experience in livestock trading was quickly applied to cheese trading. The original factory was set up in Oamaru in a converted garage with milk sourced from local farms and one variety, Whitestone Farmhouse was launched.

The business slowly grew as an extension of the farming operation until today’s purpose built factory was commissioned in 1998. Son Simon joined the business bringing a new set of skills and the farm was sold to concentrate on growing the exciting family enterprise. Simon now oversees the business management, cheese making team, marketing and production.

The factory employs over 50 staff, produce over 20 different varieties of cheese and supplies products into domestic retail and food service markets. Internationally, Whitestone currently exports to Australia, Fiji, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Qatar and the USA. The factory in Oamaru includes a tourist viewing gallery and cheese store.

City of Dunedin Mayor's Award for Business Personality

Michael Stedman

Category Winners:

Manufacturing/Primary Award sponosred by Anderson Lloyd Lawyers

  • Whitestone Cheese Co

Not-for-Profit Award Sponsored by Otago Community Trust

  • Clutha Health First

Retail Award Sponsored by Otago Daily Times

  • Bedpost Dunedin

Service Award Sponsored by Vodafone

  • Southern Hospitality Ltd

Tourism Award Sponsored by University of Otago Business School

  • Classic Jaguar Limousines

Design Award Sponsored by Otago Polytechnic

  • Escea Ltd

Emerging Business Award Sponsored by Powerhouse

  • Timely

Ethics Award Sponsored by Combined Rotary Clubs of Dunedin

  • Thankyou Payroll

Future Business Leader Award Sponsored by Dunedin City Council

  • Zoe Hobson

Health & Safety Impact Award Sponsored by ACC

  • Mercy Hospital Dunedin Ltd

International Trader Award Sponsored by Port Otago

  • ADInstruments

Maori Business Award Sponsored by Ngai Tahu Holdings

  • Ngai Tahu Maori Law Centre Inc

Research and Innovation Award Sponsored by University of Otago Business School

  • Nomos Ltd

Sustainability Award Sponsored by Otago Polytechnic

  • Preens Drycleaners

2012 OBIZ Awards

And the winners are......Westpac Supreme Excellence Award

Southern Hospitality Ltd

Category Winners:

Special Award  ‘The City of Dunedin Mayor’s Business Personality Award’

  • Noeline Munro

Manufacturing/Primary Award -  Anderson Lloyd Lawyers

  • Farra Engineering Ltd

Not-for-Profit Award - The Otago Chamber of Commerce

  • Chatbus

Retail Award - Otago Daily Times

  • Acquisitions

Service Award - WHK

  • Southern Hospitality Ltd

Tourism Award - Tourism Dunedin

  • Larnach Castle

Maori Business Award - University of Otago Business School         

  • A3 Kaitiaki Ltd

Emerging Business Award - Upstart

  • Igtimi Ltd

Ethics Award - Combined Rotary Clubs of Dunedin

  • Artemis Natural Healthcare

Sustainability Award - Otago Polytechnic

  • Catlins Wildlife Trackers

International Trader Award - Port Otago

  • Tracplus Global Ltd

Health & Safety Impact Award - ACC

  • Bradken Resources Pty Ltd and individual award to  Andy Westgate

Research Innovation and Design Award - University of Otago Business School

  • Scott

Future Business Leader Award - Dunedin City Council

  • Anna Campbell

Performance Excellence Award - Otago Polytechnic

  • The Otago Museum

2010 OBIZ Awards

The Otago Chamber of Commerce and Westpac are proud to have brought you these awards over the last 10 years. Held biennially since 1998 the business excellence awards (OBIZ) are designed to celebrate and recognise business excellence in the Otago region. The Gala dinner and ceremony was held at the Dunedin Town Hall on Friday 26 November 2010.  Over 320 local business community leaders attended this black-tie event.

Speakers included Business Awards committee chairperson Ali Copeman; Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull; and Westpac Head of Business Banking South Island John Brophy.  The speakers highlighted the strength and quality of the business entrants and the strong foundation of specialised companies in Otago.

Awards chief judge Sir Robin Gray headed a team of judges who had the impressive task of reviewing the 663 nominations.  Sir Robin reiterated the impressive quality and diversity of Dunedin and Otago entrants.

Congratulations to Supreme Award Winner for 2010

The Emerson Brewing Company Ltd

Richard Emerson, the Master Brewer and Managing Director, developed a passion for brewing in the late 1980s and convinced his father, family and friends to help set up this unique brewing business. Their goal was to produce premium beers, introducing New Zealanders to a new experience of flavours not previously known and to be the best microbrewery the country and to be recognised within their industry. Obviously they have succeeded. Their dedication, innovation and entrepreneurship has achieved countless accolades by their peers and seen significant and sustainable demand throughout the years. The company is now a major brand that is recognised nationally and internationally for their superior range of quality premium beers by their consumers and their industry.

Business Skill Awards

Manufacturing/Primary - Anderson Lloyd Lawyers

  • The Emerson Brewing Company Ltd

Not-for-Profit - Otago Chamber of Commerce

  • Youthline Otago Incorporated

Retail - Otago Daily Times

  • R & R Sport

Service - WHK

  • Classic Jaguar Limousines

Tourism - Tourism Dunedin

  • Trail Journeys Ltd

Business Attribute Awards

Emerging Business - Upstart Incubator

  • PocketSmith

Ethics - Combined Rotary Clubs of Dunedin and Taieri

  • University of Otago's New Zealand Marine Studies Centre

Sustainability - Otago Polytechnic

  • Ashburn Clinic

Design - Applied Design Research Centre

  • TracMap NZ Ltd

International Trader - Port Otago Ltd

  • New Zealand Honey Co

Workplace Safety - ACC

  • Mercy Hospital Dunedin Ltd

Research and Innovation - University of Otago School of Business

  • OceanBrowser Ltd

Future Business Leader - Dunedin City Council

  • Jono Bredin

City of Dunedin Mayor's Award for Business Personality

  • John Gilks

2008 Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Winners

Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award

Nichols Garden Group

Alan Dippie, Managing Director of Nichols Garden Group is presented with the Supreme Business Excellence award by Mark Bolton, Head of Westpac Business Banking, South Island.

Nichols was founded in the 1860s and is one of the oldest companies in Otago and Southland. Throughout the century it has been involved in a diverse range of commercial activities, from whaling and coastal shipping to salmon and chicken farming. In 1976 the Nichols family diversified into gardening after its stock food manufacturing factory was destroyed by fire.

Starting with a staff of 3 it now employs 71 ‘valuable' team members and in just over 30 years it has grown to become Otago and Southland's leading garden business. Nichols survival and growth has been characterised by a willingness and ability to adapt and change and seek new opportunities. This rare combination of both determination and entrepreneurship has made Nichols Garden Centre what it is today.

Category Winners:

Anderson Lloyd Lawyers - Manufacturing/Primary

  • Escea

Otago Chamber of Commerce - Not for Profit

  • Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust

WHK Taylors - Service

  • Port Otago

Otago Daily Times - Retail

  • Nichols Garden Group

Tourism Dunedin - Tourism

  • Otago Museum

Otago Polytechnic - Design

  • Doe a Deer

Upstart Business Incubator - Emerging Business

  • Cherryvite

Port Otago - International Trader

  • New Zealand Honey Company Co

FRST - Research & Innovation

  • Robotic Technologies Ltd

Rotary Club of Dunedin - Ethics

  • Youthline Otago

Otago Polytechnic - Sustainability

  • Smart Bottles Ltd and Green Man Brewery Ltd

ACC - Workplace Safety

  • Otago District Health Board

Dunedin City Council - Future Business Leader

  • Clare Wilson

The City of Dunedin Mayor's Award for Business Personality

  • Graeme James Marsh CBE

2006 Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award Winners

Supreme Award Winner

Presbyterian Support Otago

Category Winners:

Anderson Lloyd Caudwell - Manufacturing/Primary

  • The Emerson Brewing Co Ltd

Otago Chamber of Commerce Inc - Not-for-Profit

  • Presbyterian Support Otago

Otago Daily Times - Retail

  • Mitre 10 Mega Dunedin

Taylor McLachlan Ltd - Service

  • Foley Plumbing

Tourism Dunedin - Tourism

  • Monarch Wildlife Cruises Ltd

Upstart Business Incubator - Emerging Business

  • Escea Ltd

Otago Polytechnic - Innovation

  • siliconCOACH Ltd

DCB International - International Trader

  • Port Otago Ltd

Rotary Club of Dunedin - Ethics

  • Garvan

ACC Thinksafe - Workplace Safety

  • Port Otago Ltd

Dunedin City Council - Young Business Person

  • Nigel Bamford - Escea Ltd

2004 Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award Winners

Supreme Winner

The Otago Museum

Category Winners:


  • Quality Yarns


  • Fisher & Paykel


  • The Big Picture Ltd

Manufacturing Large

  • Hillside Engineering Ltd

Manufacturing small/medium

  • Rinnon Products Ltd

Retail Large

  • Arthur Barnett

Retail Small/Medium

  • Mark Laughton Motors

Service Large

  • Greenslades Ltd

Service Small/Medium

  • Fortress Information Systems Ltd

ThinkSafe Workplace Safety Large

  • Otago District Health Board

ThinkSafe Workplace Safety Small/Medium

  • Breen Construction

Tourism Large

  • Otago Museum

Tourism Small/Medium

  • Classic Jaguars

2002 Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award Winners

Supreme Winner

Fisher & Paykel Appliances Ltd

Category Winners


  • Carlson


  • BLIS Techologies Ltd

Manufacturing Large

  • Fisher & Paykel Appliances Ltd

Manufacturing Small/Medium

  • Molteno Ophthalmic Limited

Retail Small/Medium

  • Otago Museum

Service Large

  • Presbyterian Support (Otago)

Service Small/Medium

  • Mortgage Choice NZ Limited

Thinksafe Workplace Large

  • GRD Macraes Ltd

Thinksafe Workplace Small/Medium

  • Palmer & Son Ltd

Tourism Large

  • Larnach Castle

Tourism Small/Medium

  • Classic Jaguar Limousines

2000 Westpac Spirit of Dunedin Business Awards

Supreme Excellence Award

Wickliffe Limited

Category Winners


  • Fecpak International Ltd

Primary/Manufacturing Medium/Large

  • Wickliffe Limited

Primary/Manufacturing Small

  • Swing Thru International

Retail Medium/Large

  • Headquarters Hairdressing

Retail Small

  • ProLab

Service Medium/Large

  • Greenslades Ltd

Service Small

  • 98 More FM

Tourism Medium/Large

  • Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World

Tourism Small

  • Speights Brewery Heritage Centre