in association with Sharesies
~ 10 or fewer full-time employees
2021 WINNER: CUBADUPA
The C-Street Shuffle
CubaDupa is an iconic performing arts festival in Wellington that connects the community, develops talent, pushes creative boundaries, and celebrates artistic freedom and expression.
The two-day festival, which has become Aotearoa’s largest outdoor performance arts festival, brings together over 150,000 people over a weekend to enjoy over 500 performances – and 120 outdoor food, bars and retail stalls - all free to the public.
“CubaDupa is successful because it is unique and proudly owned by the Wellington community, and it celebrates the diversity that exists in Poneke and those businesses and individuals that make it so special,” says Festival Director Gerry Paul (pictured). “It could not happen anywhere else.”
BREWTOWN UPPER HUTT
Brewtown is a unique and vibrant food, craft beer and entertainment experience rolled into one location..... that is, an old, repurposed Dunlop Tyre factory in Upper Hutt.
And Brewtown is having a real impact on economic growth in the region, continuing to grow without any casualties despite the impacts of Covid-19.
“We are most proud of the success of Brewtown,” says owner Malcolm Gillies (pictured).
“We have turned around what once was a derelict industrial building into a bustling hive of activity, and the Brewtown concept has contributed to the establishment of more than 150 employment opportunities over the last three years that weren't previously available in our city.”
Established in 1990, Nuku Ora is the independent body for physical activity in the greater Wellington region. As part of their broad remit, the charity organises the iconic Wellington Round the Bays fun run/walk, as well as the regional Sport and Recreation Awards.
“These events get people active, celebrate accomplishments and contributions to sport and recreation, and also create excellent opportunities for our wonderful sponsors to leverage their involvement, undoubtedly leading to business growth throughout the region,” says CEO Phil Gibbons (pictured).
“The large profiles of both these events provide a fantastic platform for many local businesses to promote themselves, and their products/services.”
Nuku Ora works with sports, community organisations, schools, councils, and health agencies through various programmes and initiatives.
SIMPLY FOOD CATERING
The Rule of Yum
“Simply Food Catering are a family operated catering and events company that delivers a wide range of functions within the Wellington region – including weddings, funerals, intimate dinners, movie set catering, corporate catering, and food and beverage festivals. They also operate three cafes across the capital.
“We are so very proud each and every item we dispatch from the kitchen as it is made with love from staff who have been with us from between five and 28 years,” says Managing Director Trish Perrins (pictured). “The feedback we receive motivates us each day.”
After Simply Food Catering lost all their events and regular functions in 2020 due to the pandemic, they became the sole supplier of packaged meals for the Ministry of Health, Department of Prime Minister, Ropata Health Hub, Fire & Emergency and Lower Hutt City Council.”
WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA AIR FESTIVAL
Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival is an aviation and STEM education event held in February every two years.
Hosted by the Wings Over Wairarapa Community Trust, the festival is the largest air event in the North Island, with financial data suggesting they bring around $2,000,000 into the region over a three-day period.
The charity also provides a free STEM and Aviation Education Programme to over 4,500 Wairarapa school children to attend the air festival and inspire their interest in aviation.
“We are excited about the future and our goal is to grow Wings into New Zealand’s premiere aviation event including a highly entertaining air display; education; technology; conferences and other aviation offerings” says newly appointed Wings Over Wairarapa Chair of the Trust, Ron Mark (pictured).