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Frequently Asked Questions


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Key Dates for 2020

Monday 20 July – Friday 28 August

  • Public nominations open for all categories

Monday 31 August – Friday 25 September

  • Nominations are collated and finalists shortlisted

Monday 28 September

  • Finalists announced
  • Tickets on sale for Awards Presentation and Celebration event

Friday 6 November

  • Awards Presentation and Celebration event
    • Forum North Whangarei

Wednesday 2 December

  • Winners & sponsors networking evening

 

Westpac Northland Business Champions 2020 is proudly presented by

 

Can I still enter the Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards?

In 2020 we’re celebrating our Northland Business Champions in a very special one-off event that brings the Northland business community together to share some of their journeys, experiences, and success stories in light of an extremely challenging business landscape, as we all look to pave the way forward in our ‘new normal’.

The Northland Business Excellence Awards will be back in 2021, you can register your interest to enter here.

 

Who can nominate for or be nominated for a Northland Business Champion?

  • ANYONE residing in Northland can nominate ANY Northland business or business person who they believe has has shown leadership, adapted and thrived during incredibly tough times for the business community in 2020.
  • More FM Customer Choice Champion nominations are also being accepted from ANYONE outside of Northland as we know your customers are spread far and wide
  • All Northland businesses with a physical presence and business people who reside in Northland are eligible for nomination.
  • Only one self-nomination is allowed by the business owner, person or organisation.
  • Businesses owners, staff, suppliers and customers may nominate a business or business person.
  • Individuals can nominate as many businesses or business people as they wish.

Nominate your Northland Business Champion here

 

How can I encourage people to nominate me?

  • Share share share….use your social media channels, newsletters and website to share information to help your fans, customers and community learn about the event and how to nominate you or your business.
  • We have TWO digital asset kits available for download:

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Process, judging and other T&C’s

  • Northland’s Business Champions’ will be chosen via a simple, community driven nomination process, where public support will help determine the shortlisted finalists before a panel of judges takes on the tough task of choosing the winners. 
  • The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  • All Northland businesses with a physical presence and business people who reside in Northland are eligible for nomination.
  • Only one self-nomination is allowed by the business owner, per organisation.
  • Businesses owners, staff, suppliers and customers may nominate a business or business person.
  • Individuals can nominate as many businesses or business people as they wish.
  • Businesses and business people can not offer reward or prizes in return for nominations.

 

What nominees, finalists and winners receive:

Value proposition for all Westpac Northland Business Champions – Nominees:

  • Inclusion in Regional Business Partnership initiative with access to potential training funding.
  • Attend presentation events, meet key industry figures, and network with like-minded business people.
  • Have the chance to promote your business with national exposure to new customers and potential partners.
  • Celebrate the journey of your business and reward staff.
  • Name and logo in relevant pre & post award media advertising.

Value proposition for Westpac Northland Business Champions – Finalists:

  • Nominee value proposition PLUS
  • Invitation to the Westpac Northland Business Champions Award Presentation & Celebration
  • Finalist certificate

Value proposition for Westpac Northland Business Champions – Category Winners:

  • Discounted NorthChamber membership for the following year.
  • Opportunity to guest speak at a NorthChamber function.
  • 2 discounted event tickets to one NorthChamber function.
  • Permission to display the NorthChamber Awards Winner logo on company stationery and advertising material.
  • NZME. media package in the Northern Advocate consisting of a half page (compact Monday to Friday, or quarter page broadsheet on Saturday) to the value of $1496.00 + GST. This package includes advertising placement, excluding features, and a free design service. (Excludes More FM Customer Choice winner and Northern Advocate Hall of Fame inductee)
  • MediaWorks (radio) media package consisting of $500+GST airtime and free advert creative.
  • A winner certificate and a trophy designed and created by a local artist.

TOTAL PACKAGE VALUE – over $2000+GST*

Value proposition for the Westpac Northland Business Champions – Supreme Leadership Winner

  • Discounted NorthChamber membership for the following year.
  • Opportunity to guest speak at a NorthChamber function.
  • 2 complimentary event tickets to one NorthChamber function.
  • 2 discounted event tickets to one NorthChamber function.
  • Permission to display the NorthChamber Awards Winner logo on company stationery and advertising material.
  • 1 Complimentary BA5 hosting opportunity. (NorthChamber BA5 event hosting fee valued at a minimum of $350+GST)
  • $1500 travel voucher for Domestic or International travel on Air New Zealand.
  • NZME. media package in the Northern Advocate consisting of a full page (compact Monday to Friday, or half page broadsheet on Saturday) to the value of $2728.00 + GST. This package includes advertising placement, excluding features, and a free design service (Consisting of the category winner prize and supreme award prize).
  • MediaWorks (radio) media package consisting of $1000+GST airtime and free advert creative (Consisting of the category winner prize and supreme award prize).
  • A winner certificate and a trophy designed and created by a local artist.

TOTAL PACKAGE VALUE – over $5500+GST*

*Prizes are non-transferable for cash, or to another person or business.

 

Westpac Northland Business Champions – Artists and trophy design

The trophies for the Westpac Northland Business Champions event were commissioned by Creative Northland. The category winner trophies were and designed and created by Claire Nicholls and the supreme leadership trophy was designed and created by Mike Cameron.

The trophy for the Ministry of Social Development He Poutama Taitamariki Award was designed and created by Graham Nathan.

Claire Nicholls
Category winner trophy designer

Claire is a mixed media artist living in Waipu. Her passion for ceramics began whilst managing the Quarry Arts Centre 13 years ago and she’s never looked back. Claire currently teaches ceramics and art to both children and adults from her studio as well as exhibiting for sale in galleries all over N.Z.

About the trophy:
The sculpture looks like it’s on the verge of tipping however it’s standing strong and holding on illustrating strength as well reaching upwards, representing hope, prosperity and thriving.

The shape has aspects of the Maori fish hook – meaning good luck, safe journey, strength and prosperity.

 

Mike Cameron
Supreme Leadership winner trophy designer

Mike is a graduate from Northtec with a Maunga Kura Toi or Bachelor of Maori Art (painting). He typically works in mixed media with a passion for sculpture and carving. 

Mike was born and bred in Whangarei. He is a full time artist and completes his art projects in a purpose built studio at home. With Northland in his blood, timber, features heavily in his artwork.

Mike has shown his works in group exhibitions in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as being involved in the carving of the inside of the Northtec Marae in 2015 and carving of pou for the Kawhea harbour in 2016. In 2018 he held a solo exhibition at Number 1 Parnell Gallery , Rawene and he  has been a guest artist in a range of venues.

Mike works with integrity and careful planning, he uses rangahau (research) as the basis for his works. He is a spiritual artist who is able to capture nature within his artform. Mike has work in private collections around the world.

In 2019, Mike exhibited at the Matakohe Kauri exhibition and in 2020 the Kauri gum and Kauri jewellery exhibition..

2020 has seen Mike work as a Creative in School, completing a massive collaboration project for 16 schools in the local Kahui Ako.

He is now working in collaboration with Shona Firmann and Douglas Chowns and is enjoying the challenge of combining wood and glass, with the kiln running alongside the carving chisels…fun times!

He is busy with commissions, working towards an exhibition in February and is pleased to be able to produce the supreme trophy in recognition of resilience for the Northland Business Awards.

About the trophy: A Pohutukawa disc sitting upon a burnt Totara base
The New Zealand Pohutakawa, our coastal icon, demonstrates resilience to the elements, bombarded by salt it holds fast to the Whenua and can grow on the edge of a rocky outcrop.

Pohutukawa has a big place in the hearts of the people of Aotearoa, it brings the joy of Christmas and tells us when the Kina are fat. 

Totara is held in high regard by Māori and also demonstrates resilience, by producing its own natural oils. The base, being burnt, resembles rebirth or new beginnings arising from the ashes. The timbers are long lasting and have the representation of required for businesses during these uncertain and challenging times.

The lashing represents the binding, the holding together of the people, community and New Zealand. 

Lastly, Copper and Gold leaf sneak through, representing the beauty and growth from continuing to work hard.

 

Graham Nathan
He Poutama Taitamariki Award winner trophy designer

Graham Nathan is of Ngapuhi decent and has studied toward both a Bachelor of Māori Arts (Whakairo) and Applied
Arts (Digital Media) at Te Wananga o Te Tai Tokerau (Northtec) Whangarei.

He has been fortunate to learn techniques from carvers Hohepa Hemara and Tohunga Te Warahi Hetaraka.
Graham was the winner of the 2018 Whangarei Sculpture Symposium Te Au Marie Trust and People’s choice awards.

About the trophy:
Four toanga have been commissioned by the Ministry of Social Development, one of which will be presented to the
winner of the He Poutama Taitamariki Award annually. The Toanga chosen to be presented to the winner each year is to
be based on the successful nominees unique journey.

The stunning carvings, created by Graham Nathan, have been made from kauri, totara, pohutukawa and puriri.
Each tree is recognised as having different qualities: kauri – providing shelter, totara – for resilience, pohutukawa –
symbolises remembrance and reflection, and puriri – is very strong so represents the strength needed to be successful
in the workplace.