EMERGING GOLD - SERVICES
in association with Duncan Cotterill
~ 10 or fewer full-time employees
2021 WINNER: WOMBATNET
Spreading the net wide
WombatNET is a Wellington-based internet service provider, currently building networks in the more remote areas of the region to provide fast, affordable broadband to families, businesses and individuals.
“Internet is such an integral part of so many businesses and it can be a shock for many to find out that even just 30 minutes outside of the capital there are still homes and businesses running on dial-up speed broadband,” says CEO Alex Stewart (pictured).
“We have set a new standard for rural broadband democratisation and have assisted many businesses to expand their offerings and venture into new areas that they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.”
WombatNET aims to have the entire Central-Wellington region serviced by fibre or high-speed wireless broadband by 2026.
Creating Visual Symphonies
Latitude Creative provides creative photography and videography services for clients across Aotearoa New Zealand, and strives to support the local community by hiring talented industry professionals from across the Wellington region.
“We love getting to know our clients and what they want for their image. Combine that with our creative and technical expertise, we help our clients to reach audiences around the world." says Director Nate Ormsby (pictured).
With these skills, Latitude Creative provides substantial growth opportunities for local businesses and organisations. They also work with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, collaborating to produce weekly content for millions of viewers across Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.
“We’re doing our best to support local companies and contractors despite challenging times.”
POM POM EVENTS & MARKETING
PomPom Events & Marketing specialises in creating engaging events and communications, with a particular passion for working with not-for-profits – which makes up 70% of PomPom’s client base – actively supporting the community.
They recently created PomPom Learning, an online event management course designed to upskill people principally within the not-for-profit sector, as well as those within the community needing this skill set for their own business or careers.
"Our goal is to make our learnings in the event industry more widely available" says PomPom Events & Marketing Managing Partner Natalie Rutene (pictured left with co-owner Charlotte Tollervey).
"Packaging up our knowledge and experience and delivering this through an online course seemed the perfect way to reach more charities and individuals, with a goal to empower them to run their own successful events and consequently raise essential funds to continue the amazing work they do in our communities.”
REBEL BUSINESS SCHOOL AOTEAROA
Minding their own business
Rebel Business School Aotearoa (RBS) is a business accelerator programme offered free of charge, across the country, to make starting a business possible for anyone.
“We know that 33.1% of attendees were previously unemployed, which is why we remove as many obstacles to participation as we can.”
“Other participants have circumstances that make regular employment not feasible, or not a path to achieving the financial security, or sense of accomplishment, they aspire to for themselves, their whanau and their communities,” says Chief Kiwi Tony Henderson-Newport (pictured).
“While RBS doesn’t directly create employment, our results show that this hands-on programme sets participants up with the tools, knowledge and confidence to go into business, or broaden their employment options.”
STRAIGHT FLUSH - WAIRARAPA
Fast Flow Fixers
Straight Flush Wairarapa are a plumbing and gasfitting business that strives to keep everything – including septic tanks and grease traps – flowing smoothly in the Wellington region.
“Our niche is maintenance, whether planned or reactive,” says Director Ngaire Mansfield (pictured).
“We are specialists in being available at very short notice and our highest priority is attendance when a loss of amenity occurs, such as no hot water, cooking, heating, or a blocked drain.”
Following the purchase of Water-Mart Wairarapa in October 2020, Straight Flush have swiftly taken it to new heights. They now aim to double the incoming jobs from 25 to 50 per week and grow the team from four to seven full-time employees, as well as introducing an apprenticeship that will be considered a premium opportunity.
WELLINGTON MOISTURE BARRIERS & INSULATION
Wrap around services
In less than two years, Wellington Moisture Barriers and Insulation have become the largest independent insulation company in the region, upgrading insulation in homes across the capital.
“All staff are consulted prior to hiring a new team member and kept abreast of new contract wins,” says Director Todd Russell (pictured). “Our staff are as invested in our success as I am, or it certainly feels that way. One of my lads even has WMB tattooed on his arm.”
In the last financial year Wellington Moisture Barriers experienced growth of over 400 percent. Now they are diversifying into a new build market, gaining new clients while maintaining current contracts.