CLASS OF 2021

- presenting this year's winners & finalists...

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The winners of the 2021 Golds were announced on Thursday 29th July at TSB Arena on Wellington's waterfront.

They were selected from the largest group of entrants in the Gold Awards 23-year history and represent

a fine cross-section of the region's business landscape today, after the Covid-19. Lockdown last year.

We congratulate them all for their resilience.  Remarkable businesses all...

THE 2021 DOMINION POST

WELLINGTON GOLD AWARD
 ~the supreme award ~

WINNER: FIX & FOGG

From small beginnings 6 years ago in the Hataitai Bowling Club kitchen, Fix & Fogg picked up Emerging Gold - Products in 2018, then Global Gold in 2020.   In 2021 Fix & Fogg's continued meteoric growth in exporting (particularly to USA where they are now stocked in over 1500 supermarkets and where they were crowned in the media as "the best peanut butter on the planet".
The Gold Awards judges felt strongly that they were a slam dunk for the 2021 supreme award.
What an amazing journey ! Congratulations to our Nut Butter Moguls - Roman and Andrea Jewell.

 

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CREATIVE GOLD  in association with DINOSAUR POLO CLUB

~ film, media & creative content

WINNER: RESN
A digital experience agency that helps brands stand out and making the internet a bit awesomer every day.

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FINALISTS:

BEYOND: On a mission to bring VR to the masses, pushing the boundaries of social play.

PS/DIGITAL: A full-service creative digital agency, growing epic “digital partnerships” with clients

THE GRANARY: New Zealand’s first turnkey virtual production company, delivering disruptive production technologies.

WELLINGTON OPERA: Bringing together world-class Wellington and New Zealand artists as “the world’s newest opera company.”

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CYBER GOLD in association with PwC

~ technology creators

WINNER: FARM FOCUS
Providing world class technology to enable farmers to stay at the top of
best farming practices internationally.

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FINALISTS
ARLO SOFTWARE:
Providing software for commercial trainers – empowering the delivery of
great learning worldwide.

IMPACT LAB: Ensuring every dollar of philanthropic giving does the most good through the provision of impact monitoring tools.

OPTIMAL WORKSHOP: Supporting researchers, designers and information architects around the world to make better design decisions.

PAYSAUCE: A powerful platform centralizing all essential people functions in a business, like payroll, timesheets and rosters.

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EMERGING GOLD - PRODUCTS in association with HNRY

~ 10 or fewer full-time employees

WINNER: ABLE SPACES
Building affordable, sustainable, transportable homes, delivered nationwide.

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FINALISTS:
3 MAORI BOYS:
Creators of Wai – Manuka, the premium, nonalcoholic beverage that infuses manuka honey and lemon juice with sparkling water.

DRE SYSTEMS: A system integrator and panel builder for industrial automation of process plants and machinery.

EKETAHUNA COUNTRY MEATS: Delivering meat and milk directly from the Farm to the customer’s door throughout the Wellington region.

FROTH TECHNOLOGIES: An urban farm growing pure liquid yeast cultures for the craft breweries of Aotearoa.

LITTLE YELLOW BIRD: A manufacturer and supplier of ethically made apparel and uniforms.
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EMERGING GOLD - SERVICES in association with DUNCAN COTTERILL

~ 10 or fewer full-time employees

WNNER: WOMBATNET

​Building networks in remote areas of our region that are not served by the big telcos. (CEO Alex at 18 years old is the youngest Gold Awards winner. He started WombatNet at 14.)

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FINALISTS

LATITUDE CREATIVE:  A creative photography and videography service business operating nationwide, recently assisting the NZSO to engage with new and diverse audiences.

POMPOM EVENTS & MARKETING: Hyper-organized Event managers taking projects from conception to delivery, including scoping, planning, and full implementation.

REBEL BUSINESS SCHOOL AOTEAROA:  Making starting a business achievable for anyone and everyone, prioritizing people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

STRAIGHT FLUSH - WAIRARAPA:  A plumbing, drain laying and gasfitting business, also operating a suction truck to service septic tanks.

WELLINGTON MOISTURE BARRIERS & INSULATION:  Retrofitting existing homes by providing and installing insulation.

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INNOVATION GOLD in association with PLUS64 CONNECT

~ recent R&D projects​​

WINNERS: COGO 
Offering consumers an app integrated with 5 major NZ banks to track their real-time carbon footprint through their spending

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FINALISTS
ANTIVIRAL COATINGS by Inhibit Coatings:
Developing antiviral coatings that lower the risk of transmission by decreasing the viral loading on surfaces.

MARAMA LABS: A sensor and data analytics company allowing winemakers to accurately monitor their wine production.

SAFEWATER by Lutra: A state-of-the-art modular containerised water treatment plant designed to support small communities.

X-FRAME: A sustainable building system set to revolutionise the way the construction industry deals with waste.

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GLOBAL GOLD in association with ANZ

~ exporters

WINNERS: FIX & FOGG 

Described as producing the “best nut butter on the planet” by the New York Magazine, now selling in thousands of stores worldwide.

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FINALISTS

GIVE WORLDWIDE: Supplying innovative packaging options to 300 jewellery stores in over 20 international markets.

MARSELLO:  A data-driven, all-in-one marketing solution for omnichannel retailers and businesses.

SANPRO INDUSTRIES: Designers and creators of world-leading tube perforation machinery, now having sold over 200 in 35 countries.

TAYLOR PRESTON: Producing quality food for New Zealand and approximately 50 countries worldwide, including through the premium brand Natural Farm NZ.

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SUPPORTING GOLD in association with BECA

~ services & infrastructure

 

WINNER: ADULTTOYMEGASTORE
An online retailer for everything adult, leading conversations around sex, self-love and sexual health.

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FINALISTS
CUTTRISS CONSULTANTS:
Assisting a wide variety of property and infrastructure clients to manage, realise and improve the value of their asset.

FULTON HOGAN: Providing customers with end-to-end civil infrastructure, construction and maintenance solutions

LOWE & CO REALTY:.With significant revenue and team growth, they have become one of Wellington's most prominent real estate brands.

QUANTUM SECURITY SERVICES: A specialist fully independent information security consultancy firm. Keeping cybersecurity simple.

THE AKINA FOUNDATION: The positive impact consultancy, providing tailored business services that help make change that improves lives and the environment.

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VIBRANT GOLD in association with SHARESIES

~ events, visitor facilities & hospitality

WINNER: CUBADUPA

An extraordinary and unique performance arts festival, connecting the community and pushing creative boundaries.

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BREWTOWN UPPER HUTT: A unique food, craft beer and entertainment destination staging regular live events.

NUKU ORA: An independent body for physical activity, believing this has the power to change lives.

SIMPLY FOOD CATERING: A family operated catering company delivering a wide range of events and functions.

WINGS OVER WAIRARAPA FESTIVAL: A biennial extravaganza of aerial action and fantastic ground displays and activities. 

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BEST PRACTICES

ACC WORKPLACE SAFETY GOLD AWARD

~ sustainability programmes & products

WINNER: BRADLEY PROJECT MANAGEMENT (BPM)

is a project consultancy established in 2016, always putting workplace safety processes and wellbeing at the forefront of their operations. 

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FINALISTS
CABLEPRICE
has transformed its H&S staff-led changes that have resulted in 47% reduction in the lost time injury rate and 90% reduction in ACC costs.

GOODMAN CONTRACTORS is a family-owned and operated civil earthworks company constantly tweaking their systems to comply with ever-evolving H&S requirements. 

LOCKHEED MARTIN NZ has recently rolled out the “Don’t Give Safety the Finger” (DGSF) campaign  targeting causes of hand and finger injuries

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GREEN GOLD
in association with GREATER WELLINGTON REGIONAL COUNCIL

~ sustainability programmes & products

WINNER: LITTLE YELLOW BIRD
Using 100% organic rain-fed cotton and tracing raw materials from farm to factory.

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FINALISTS

COGO: On a mission to empower millions of consumers globally to understand and manage their personal carbon footprint.

EKETAHUNA COUNTRY MEATS: Delivering Free Range eggs, Honey, Kombucha, Olive Oil, Meat and Milk from local producers throughout the region.

FIGGY & CO: With a focused purpose to reduce the number of chemicals used in the daily cleaning of Kiwi homes.

SEALED AIR: Specialising in food packaging solutions primarily for the fresh red meat industry.
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TEAM GOLD

in association with FIND RECRUITMENT

~ HR & wellness programmes

WINNER: CHORUS:

With a team “Wellbeing Programme” to inspire, educate and support employees with a holistic approach

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FINALISTS

BRADLEY PROJECT MANAGEMENT: A project management company with a key focus on maintaining a high level of well-being on all of their sites.

MANA COMMUNICATIONS: A communications consultancy aiming to help people grow their voice, mana and reputation.

QUANTUM SECURITY SERVICES: Committed to a team “growing securely” value, that ensures their people are supported and empowered.

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