Business Awards Winners 2018

PAN PAC Hawke’s Bay Business Awards presented by the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce was another outstanding showing of GREAT Hawke’s Bay Businesses.

Held on Friday 16th November at the Clubs Hastings Venue this event showcased businesses and business people meeting International standards in commerce.

Overall Winner – PAN PAC Supreme Business for 2018 ‘Hawke’s Bay Technologies’ is a very worthy winner among a very strong portfolio of companies.

Hawke’s Bay Technologies (HBT) was formed by Duncan Wallace and his wife Amanda in 2004.  Since inception, their ability to forge positive relationships with a real focus on the customer has seen them continually grow.  Congratulations Duncan, Amanda and the Team at HBT.


Category Winners and challengers for the Supreme Awards were;


EIT - Small Business Winner

PlaniT Events

Planit Events is an innovative Hawke’s Bay owned and operated event management company enthusiastically led by Bex Tacon.  

The Judges commended Bex and her team for their focus on innovation and customer service, enabling Planit Events to leverage growth opportunities both in Hawkes Bay and in other regions of New Zealand.

PlaniT Events has strong core values, good systems and a focus on quality a commitment to staff and a strong community orientation. PlaniT Events is an excellent example of an innovative business that has grown through diversification, a great working environment and excellent customer service.

The Judges congratulate PlaniT Events on winning the small business category.



Grow HR - Medium Business Winner


Ask Your Team have developed a system that allows businesses to uncover the knowledge held at all levels within the business. This business intelligence drives strong accountable leadership, positive and productive teams and measurable success.

Judges commended Ask your Team as an organisation that “walks the talk”, using their own service and creating depth to their leadership within the business. Through numerous partnerships, they have seen co-creation of significant value.

The Judges congratulate Ask Your Team on winning the medium business category.



NZME - Medium-Large Business Winner

Hawke's Bay Technologies

HB Technologies are in the business of digital transformation and helping businesses use technology to get a smarter solution-focused approach to their business needs.  They can help with printing and scanning needs, communications and voice data, and managed IT services.

Starting with a team of 4 in 2007 their fresh and open approach to providing managed office services has led to more than 600 customers changing to HB technologies for their office technology support.

The judges commended their well-researched and developed systems with processes that have been designed to best fit the business and its stakeholders.  They have a truly team-focused approach to how they go to market with customer service, team voice, and innovation all equally valued.  

The Judges congratulate HB Technologies on winning the medium to large business category.




Great Things Grow Here - Large Business Winner

NZCU Baywide

NZCU Baywide are about helping everyday New Zealanders achieve their financial goals. 100% kiwi owned specialising in financial solutions, including products for home loans, personal loans, high-interest savings accounts and term deposit investments.

NZCU Baywide work to ensure that every customer receives exceptional service that meets their needs and they consistently look to improve the products and services they provide.

Judges commended their values, their clear strategic plan and their knowledge of the core needs of customer base.  NZCU Baywide takes pride in supporting their workforce, who are part of the Hawkes Bay Community, and they connect and support grassroots of that wider community on a regular basis.

The Judges congratulate NZCU Baywide on winning the large business category.



Linden Estate Winery - Leader of the Year Award

Des Ratima ONZM

Passionate, Humble, Kind, Gentle, Respected, Connector and Great Role Model are some of the many words used to describe this year’s recipient of the Linden Estate Leadership Awards, a big personality with a huge heart for the development of youth, business and communities.

Pushing forward for the sake of the children, youth, families and community, he built a platform for change for the development and future of the local community.  Not one to avoid a sticky situation this leader proudly stood for positive futures and facilitated many employment opportunities. 

Our celebrated leader envisioned the future for Whakatu. With some community funding, Whakatu Action Group was formed with partners, TPK and HDC.  Its goal was to employ a local Whakatu person who knew the community, its needs and aspirations to establish a plan called ETU Whakatu 20/20.

After his time in the Military, this year’s recipient returned to the centre of his universe with great initiatives to bring life back into the community that had slowed following the closure of the Whakatu meat works. 

The organiser of the inaugural Whakatu Christmas in the Park event in 2003, he has given significant service to the development of the Whakatu community over the past 14 years.

He chaired Whakatu Kohanga Reo for 10 years, reviving it from a struggling early childhood education provider to a successful learning nest.

The Whakatu Acton Group was formed and has been successfully creating succession plans for the people and community of Whakatu for 12 years thanks to the work of our recipient.

The instigator of Trade training courses, Business Workshops, Industry employment options within and outside his beloved community, this year’s Linden Estate Leadership Award recipient is Des Ratima ONZM.


PAN PAC - Supreme Award

Hawke's Bay Technologies

The values of this family run business have stayed with the organisation as it has grown.

The Judges were also impressed with the degree of innovation within the business, they felt that HB Technology showed an inspiring level of insight into the ever-changing needs of the market, their customers, and their team and had adapted well in the world of fast-changing technology. 

This will mean that we continue to see them grow and contribute to the Hawkes Bay economy into the future.

The Judges agree that HB Technologies are a very worthy winner of the 2018 PAN PAC Supreme Award


CONGRATULATIONS to all the finalists and winners.