The PAN PAC Hawkes Bay Business Awards are delivered annually by the Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce. 

The awards recognise and celebrate business excellence in Hawke's Bay,  they play an important role in promoting and strengthening economic development within the region. 

Entering these prestigious awards provides you and your team with a rare opportunity to take a step back from day to day operations and review your business from a fresh perspective. 

Past winners have found the entry process highly rewarding, motivating and of immense strategic value in positioning their business for long-term, sustainable growth. 

Entrants benefit from significant local media coverage, with category and supreme winners able to leverage their success in ongoing advertising and communications activity well past the immediate event period.  In addition to the benefits for businesses, the awards play an important part in lifting the overall profile of Hawkes Bay, raising awareness of our business sectors for the economic benefit of all Hawkes Bay residents.

There is no charge to enter and if businesses need help getting organised, the Chamber offers full support throughout the process.

The award judging culminates in a fantastic Formal Dinner on Friday, 12th November at Toitoi Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, where the winners are announced and celebrated.

If you are interested in attending this wonderful event, tickets go on sale on Monday, 27th September - please email: lisa@hbchamber.nz 


2021 Categories:

  • Excellence in Innovation Award 

  • Excellence in Sustainability Award

  • Community Contribution Award

  • Best Emerging Business

  • Ultimate Visitor Experience

  • Leader / Employer of the Year Award

The PAN PAC Hawke's Bay Business of the Year winner is chosen from the winners of the above categories.


Applications are nominations close on Friday, 17th September at 4.00 pm 


2021 Categories:

Excellence in Innovation Award
In association with Eastern Institute of Technology.

What we’re looking for… Use and implementation of innovation and knowledge to enhance business excellence and organisational performance.  An environment that encourages and rewards innovative employees. An innovative product or service is a new idea, system, procedure or technology that have improved efficiency and/or resulted in the introduction of improved services or products.

Outstanding Community Contribution
In association with NZME.

What we’re looking for… Recognition of, communication with, and support of community stakeholders.
How your organisation supports the industry/organisation sector(s) in which you operate
Evidence of the organisation’s support for staff involvement in social, community or environmental initiatives.


Employer / Leader of the Year
In association with Napier City Council.

What we’re looking for… This award looks at the processes used by the leadership in your business to set the business direction, performance expectations, values, and behaviours with respect to the public, ethical, regulatory, and legal responsibilities.  It also reviews the way Leaders achieve the desired organisational results as a consequence of those activities.  Leadership has an influence on all aspects of business success.

Best Emerging Business
In association with 

What we’re looking for… Recognises a start-up business (in operation from 1- 4 years) that has experienced tangible growth and success within their field of industry.  A company that has executed good planning, leadership, innovation and engagement.

Ultimate Visitor Experience
In association with Hawke’s Bay Tourism.

What we’re looking for… This award applauds organisations who go above and beyond to guarantee their customers the ultimate visitor experience in Hawke’s Bay, while enriching the local tourism sector.


Excellence in Sustainability Award
In association with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

What we’re looking for… A sustainable business is an organisation that actively participates in environmentally friendly practices and ensures that its culture, systems, and procedures actively address the current environmental issues, while still maintaining a profitable business that will sustain longevity within the local or global market.


Supreme Award
In association with Pan Pac Forest Products.

The Supreme Award is chosen from one of the category winners above.


For all other enquiries please contact our Events Manager - Lisa Uncles on 022 323 9611 or email lisa@hbchamber.nz