Cardrona Alpine Resort takes supreme award at Ignite Wanaka Business Awards

Cardrona Alpine Resort takes supreme award at Ignite Wanaka Business Awards

11 November 2016. For immediate release

Wanaka ski area Cardrona Alpine Resort was announced the supreme winner of the 2017 Ignite Wanaka Business Awards last night (November 10).

Cardrona – also winners in the Outstanding in Tourism category – won the overall award based on its significant growth, quality product, customer service and strong team culture.

More than 200 locals attended the Awards – sponsored by Milford Asset Management – at Rippon Hall to celebrate Wanaka business success.

Bill Day, convenor of the independent judging panel, says finalists all demonstrated business excellence and offered a snapshot into a growing Wanaka economy.

“Business is thriving here. Most local companies are experiencing 20% growth but some are leveraging opportunities into even greater growth.  People are choosing clever ways of doing things differently, which indicates that our business community really punches above its weight,” he says.

“Cardrona’s offering is a class act and the development of staff is a tribute to their culture – despite their large size,” Day adds. “They’re innovative, deliver a great customer experience and have a quality future outlook.”

Winners of the awards categories are:

Outstanding in infrastructure/trades (Supported by Allenby Farms): Optum Plumbing: “They have exciting growth and horizontal development combined with strong focus on quality, team development and safety,” Day says.

Outstanding in professional services (Supported by Westpac): Blend Creative: “This small design agency is winning significant projects with major clients outside of Wanaka and as a result, they have had a big increase in sales.”

Outstanding in tourism (Supported by Lake Wanaka Tourism): Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Outstanding in retail/hospitality (Supported by Rippon Hall): PERRIAM: “This local fashion brand has combined a quality product with extraordinary rapid growth. They’re also innovative, using new wools and integrating into leather. They really are a quintessential Kiwi and Wanaka company.”

Outstanding innovators (Supported by Air New Zealand): Schistrock Media (Wanaka App): “They’re taking their concept to other cities. They’ve refined it here and are rolling it out further afield.”

Outstanding in sustainability (Supported by Queenstown and Wanaka Airport): Eastwood Environmental: “Environmental concern is central to everything they do. They’ve even developed their own environmentally-friendly masking tape.”

Outstanding Individual (supported by Ray White Wanaka): Hamish Acland, owner of Mons Royale.

People’s Choice Award (supported by Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce): XX

The Ignite Wanaka Business Awards was first launched in 2016. From now on they will be held every two years – with the next Awards being November 2019.


About the judges

Bill Day (Convenor of the Judging Panel)
Bill started his multi-million-dollar business, Seaworks, in 1979 as a commercial dive company. Today Bill’s marine contracting company has its own fleet of vessels. The company lays under-sea cables, runs underwater robots, salvages sunken vessels, inspects oil rigs around the world and, more recently, has managed the marine work for Steven Spielberg movies. Bill Day was chosen as Winner of Ernst & Young’s New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year in September 2000 and in 2002 he returned to Monaco as one of the judges for the 2002 World Entrepreneur of the Year competition. Bill resides in Wanaka and is also Chairman of Wanaka Search and Rescue.

Anne Urlwin
A chartered accountant, business consultant and professional director, Anne’s current Directorships include Chorus Ltd, Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd, Naylor Love and Summerset Group Holdings Ltd. Anne is also Deputy Chairman of Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd (formerly AMI Insurance). Anne has considerable business experience –  her former roles include Chairman of Lakes Environmental Ltd and the New Zealand Blood Service, and serving as a Director of Meridian Energy Ltd and Airways Corporation NZ Ltd. Anne is a Wanaka resident.

Mark Verbiest
Mark Verbiest is an experienced company director, serving as the outgoing chairman of Spark NZ. He is also a director of ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited, Meridian Energy Limited and Freightways Limited, Chairman of Willis Bond Capital Partners Limited and Willis Bond General Partner Limited, a member of the Advisory Board to the New Zealand Treasury, and is a former board member of the Financial Markets Authority. He is also a trustee of the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust and a consultant to national law firm Simpson Grierson. Mark has a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington. Mark’s experience in the telecommunications sector extends over more than a decade, including seven-and-a-half years on Spark’s senior executive team from 2000.

Giselle McLachlan
Giselle has a legal and governance background, with business experience from a variety of perspectives. She lives in Tarras and has recently taken on a newly-created CEO role with Landpro Ltd, based in Cromwell.  Giselle has served on a number of boards, including the H&J Smith Group.  She enjoys helping people and businesses to grow and succeed.

Wayne Hudson
Wayne Hudson has spent the last 30 years focusing on the technology business sector, advising on commercialising intellectual property, buying and selling tech businesses, capital-raising and structuring start-up businesses. He is a legal consultant through his company WHIPIT Limited, which assists technology start-up companies prepare for growth, investment and sale. Wayne is also the Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club president.

For more information, please contact:
Bill Day, Ignite Wanaka Business Awards Convenor of Judges – 021 942 540

Written by Celia Crosbie

Celia is an award-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.