News

12 September 2016

Recognition Dinner celebrates outstanding contribution to the Southland Export sector

Southland Chamber of Commerce

The Export Southland Recognition Awards Dinner was held Friday 9th September to recognise the value of export activity within the Southland economy and celebrate the role businesses and passionate individuals make to our region’s economic wellbeing.

Acting Chair of Export Southland, Nigel Gear said, “The dinner is an excellent opportunity for exporters and supporters to come together and celebrate a vibrant export sector. It was great to have Southland’s contribution to the national economy recognised by Hon Simon Bridges who presented the recognition awards last night and other dignitaries including Mr Zhang Fan, Economic & Commercial Counsellor from the Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in NZ.”

Joint principal sponsors HSBC and Air NZ Cargo along with a number of other key sponsors and supporters contributed to making the evening a successful event in the regional business calendar. The dinner featured a menu of export quality Southland produce, with the very talented duo of D&M - Dan Monteath and Michelle Lange providing entertainment throughout the evening.

The Export Southland Committee introduced a new Innovation in Export Recognition Award for 2016 which attracted a high level of nominations.

The winner of this award will illustrate how innovative strategies and practices have contributed to exporting success and applicants will be asked to describe how their enterprise has invested in developing innovative thinking, products, services, initiatives, processes, or a business model that have been integral to the enterprise’s success or establishment.

Export Southland would like to congratulation the following Recognition Award recipients for 2016:

HSBC Corporate Recognition Award Winner - Stabicraft


Air NZ Cargo Individual Recognition Award Winner – Paul Adams


Export Southland Innovation Award Winner – Blue River Dairy


HSBC Southland Export Trust Grant Recipients

Principal Grant sponsor HSBC presented $6,000 to Focus Technology Group to assist with travel to US Acumatica Conference to promote their TimeTrak product suite technology

A second grant of $7,000 was awarded to Back Country Foods Ltd to assist with research and translation services for export into the South American Market


About Export Southland:

Export Southland was established in the year 2000 as a result of key regional exporters working with the Chamber of Commerce to create an entity which would perform the following functions:

• to represent exporters’ views on policy issues,

• to promote networking, educational and social events,

• to recognise significant business/individual contributions in the export sector, and

• to assist start-up export orientated businesses.

It is a voluntary organisation operating under the umbrella of the Southland Chamber of Commerce and receives ongoing sponsorship assistance from HSBC and South Port.