Naming Sponsor



Once again, Westpac is proud to support the 2016 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards and continue our tradition of recognising the vital role business has to play in both the local and New Zealand economies.

Alongside Vision Manawatu, we understand the importance of businesses across the Manawatu region, both big and small. It’s why we’re the major sponsors of 17 Regional Business Excellence Awards around the country.

As part of our Grow New Zealand initiative we’re all about encouraging people to invest in their local areas, like Manawatu, and believe businesses in Manawatu deserve to be recognised and rewarded for outstanding achievements.


It's great to see the Awards give entrants an opportunity to have a renewed focus on their business – identifying the strengths and challenges and of course coming up with winning solutions.

All the best to those businesses entering the 2016 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards.

Karen Silk, Westpac GM Commercial, Corporate & Institutional www.westpac.co.nz

Key Sponsors


Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA)
CEDA is proud to facilitate the Westpac Manawatu Business Awards on behalf of the business community. We receive significant support from a wide range of sponsors to bring together this celebration of business excellence in the region.



New Zealand Media and Entertainment
We're delighted to be involved with the 2018. Westpac Manawatu Business Awards.

As a key sponsor, NZME. has contributed to the success of the whole process before, and we welcome and thank them for contributing to 2018.



Massey Business School
Massey Business School is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards. The Massey Business School believes in celebrating business excellence and is committed to supporting the industry leaders of today as they shape the nation of tomorrow.

These awards reflect our guiding principles of advancing enterprise and inspiring leadership, and we appreciate the opportunity to be involved with an initiative that resonates so strongly with our core values. We commend Vision Manawatu on their dedication to the improvement and success of these awards. Massey Business School



Manawatu Standard
It's fantastic to once again sponsor the Manawatu Business Awards and to celebrate the success stories of our best local businesses. There are a number of very successful businesses in the Manawatu and it's great to be able to acknowledge their achievements. The business community is such a vital part of the region, so this is our way of giving something back.

The Manawatu Business Awards provide local businesses the opportunity to show how fantastic they are. They get to put their best foot forward and compete against other businesses in similar fields. It gives businesses in Manawatu a benchmark on how they are performing and an opportunity for the business community to celebrate its highest achievers."


Category Sponsors


360 Logistics and Palmerston North Airport
360 Logistics and Palmerston North Airport Ltd are proud to sponsor the Westpac Manawatu Business Award for Distribution and Logistics. As key service providers to these sectors, we have a vested interest in seeing local companies thrive and provide continued growth and opportunity to people and businesses in our region'



Sponsoring the new Construction and Manufacturing category signifies UCOL’s high regard for these important industries. Celebrating success, innovation and excellence in our Region resonates with UCOL's vision; to inspire students, businesses and communities to succeed. We congratulate everyone who enters these awards and look forward to celebrating with you.



Palmerston North City Council
Palmerston North City Council are proud to be the sponsor of the Not for Profit category of the 2016 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards, the region's premier business event. The Council understands the importance of encouraging and fostering the growth of prospective, new and existing businesses in the region and rewarding excellence.

These Awards align with the Council’s values of building a caring, vibrant, sustainable, innovative and prosperous city and are a vital way of showcasing the investment successful business owners contribute to their businesses and the stimulation this provides to our local economy.

Palmerston North City Council wishes to congratulate all those businesses, large and small, who have entered these awards.






EziBuy is proud to support the 2016 Westpac Manawatu Business Awards.

A company that originated in the city of Palmerston North over 36 years ago and is today Australasia’s largest multi-channel retailer, EziBuy still calls Palmerston North home. As a significant employer within the region, EziBuy understands the importance of attracting and retaining successful businesses within the Manawatu.

This is the second year EziBuy has been a sponsor of the Awards and looks forward to recognizing all finalists and in particular highlighting the success of large businesses in the region.



With more than 250 employees based in Palmerston North and Feilding, FMG is strongly committed to the Manawatu. For us, the Business Awards play an important role in celebrating the innovation and achievements of our local business community and are proud to sponsor the Agriculture and Food award this year.

We wish all finalists in this category every success in taking out the title.



Powerco strives to deliver reliable energy to your door.

We keep the lights on and gas flowing to more than 430,000 homes, businesses and organisations across the North Island.You will see us getting behind community groups and events – it's important to us to support worthy causes and organisations.

We are proud to sponsor the Manawatu Business Awards and celebrate the successes of local businesses.




Higgins is proud to sponsor the Spirit of the Manawatu Award – an award category for businesses that unite the Manawatu community. We believe business plays an important role in supporting the health and vitality of a community. The Spirit of the Manawatu Award acknowledges the commitment of businesses who go the extra mile to support our community. 



Central Energy Trust
The Central Energy Trust supports the medium sized business award as part of one of the Trusts objectives – the economic development of the region. Business growth enhances the economy which has the flow on effect of benefiting the energy consumers within the region who are the beneficiaries of the Trust. The Trustees believe business growth within the medium sized business sector is a core factor in creating a growing regional economy.


Supporting Sponsors


Air New Zealand


Freedom Print & Design
Freedom Print & Design loves the Manawatu! We are proud to be supporting our community in many ways - and especially an awards evening showcasing some of the Manawatu's best businesses and organisations. Remember, "Your success is earned!" Dan Wheeler



Kevin Bills Photography
I enjoy being involved in local events and helping out where I can. I won an award in 2010, and believe they're a great way to bond the local business community. It's great to see so many local business people networking with one another and enjoying themselves as they celebrate business success.



Creative Catering
Creative Catering takes pride in supporting local events and businesses. If you are looking for a venue for a conference, meeting, dinner, or your wedding, we have the space, the location and the catering experience to suit your needs.



Hotel Coachman


Speedy Signs
We're delighted to be involved with the Westpac Manawatu Business Awards. Speedy Signs are returning this year to again be a sponsor. It is fantastic to see local businesses supporting this business excellence event, year after year. www.speedysigns.co.nz



We've worked with hundreds of amazing local businesses over the last eleven years and it's fantastic to have a night to celebrate the best of the best. We jumped at the chance to build this website and help make these awards happen, it's a great event for the region and it's going to be a great night out!



Image Group NZ

We’re delighted to be involved with the Westpac Manawatu Business Awards.