Agribusiness was the winner on the night at the glitzy North Canterbury Business Awards gala dinner and ceremony.
Patoa Farms, an outdoor farrow-tofinish pig farming operation on the south bank of the Hurunui River, won the MainPower Supreme Award, after also winning the Agribuisness Award earlier in the evening.
The biennial awards were more successful than ever with 60 businesses entered and winners announced at the Gala awards evening attended by 352 guests at the Ohoka School Hall.
Patoa has 118 ha of land that is cropped to utilise the benefit of the compost generated out of its eco-barn pig finishing unit.
It supplies 18 per cent of the domestic pork production to customers who share its vision for free farmed pork to be available to every consumer in New Zealand.
The North Canterbury News People’s Choice Award went to Oasis Beauty New Zealand whose Oasis Beauty products are formulated for sensitive skin.
Stephanie Evans of Oasis Beauty NZ, began making products for her own sensitive skin and found out she was good at it.
From these small beginnings a successful business began to grow.
In 2005 the business was registered as a company and over the following two years the business made the transition from a kitchen enterprise near Oxford to a Christchurch factory.
The judges were impressed by the skincare company story built around innovation, clear strategy and an excellent product range.
The general public also held it in high esteem which was reflected in the high number ofpublic votes it received.
The formulations are a combination of natural and certified organic ingredients, anti-ageing vitamins A, C & E and serious sun protection.
You can buy Oasis Beauty products online at www.oasisbeauty.co.nz or from the retailers listed on its websitewww.oasisbeauty.co.nz/wawcs0153848/Retailers.html.
The first runner up for People’s Choice was the Ashley Boarding Cattery and the second runner up, Town Hall Cinemas.
The evening was given a splash of dash by Master of Ceremonies Jackie Clarke, who kept everyone on their toes, ‘‘spread the love’’, belted out ‘‘Skyfall’’ during which there was not a murmur in the crowd and kept the whole show on time with some discreet organisation and some not so discreet.
Her humour was infectious.
Farmlands Agribusiness Award: Patoa Farms. First runner up:Greystone Wines, second runner up: Hurunui Transport.
Westpac Manufacturing Award: Oasis Beauty NZ.