North region supreme winner a ‘business for all seasons’

Snowplanet has won the Supreme Business Excellence Award at last night’s Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 – North. 

The Silverdale based business is New Zealand's first and only all-year indoor ski resort.  It has been operating for 12 years and is the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Snowplanet customer services manager, Vicky Britton, says their team is passionate about what they do.

“The most important people in our business are our staff. Because we are an individual business – we’re not a corporate – we’ve got nobody telling us how to do things or how they should be done, therefore our team are in a great position where they have real influence on our business.”

Snowplanet also won the Excellence in Customer Service Delivery category making it eligible for the supreme award.

Other individual category winners included indoor trampoline park JUMP, online marketing company Firefly, dog care business Urban Dogs, Early Childhood Education specialist consultancy Establish, as well as Unleashed Software and Hiway Stabilizers NZ Ltd.

Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett says the winners represent the diversity of Auckland’s economy in size, management style and commitment to business excellence.

“These awards are all about celebrating businesses in our community that are making a difference. These are the employers, producers and leaders for today and tomorrow – who make Auckland the thriving centre it is.”

Auckland Council’s economic growth agency – Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – partners with Auckland Chamber of Commerce to present the awards.

ATEED’s Chief Executive Nick Hill congratulates those businesses recognised for standing out in their chosen fields.

“These companies are playing a key role in stimulating Auckland’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, which is driving long-term economic growth. Tonight’s winners have achieved excellence across a diverse range of sectors, and are role models for other businesses on their growth journey,” says Hill.

Jeff Driscoll, Westpac Regional Commercial Manager, Auckland, says the Westpac Business Excellence Awards are about taking time out to recognise the smartest, savviest and strongest businesses in the Auckland community.

“It’s been fantastic to see the high calibre of entries this year. Auckland is the biggest cog in New Zealand’s economy and fundamentally important to our global success.”



Best Emerging Business sponsored by Air New Zealand

Excellence in Customer Service Delivery sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson

Excellence in Innovation sponsored by Massey University

Excellence in International Trade sponsored by Ports of Auckland
Unleashed Software

Excellence in Marketing sponsored by Benefitz
Urban Dogs

Excellence in Strategy and Planning sponsored by Business North Harbour

Employer of the Year sponsored by Northern Arena
Hiway Stabilizers NZ Ltd

Supreme Business Excellence sponsored by Westpac




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The Westpac Auckland Business Awards, hosted by Auckland Chamber of Commerce with the support of ATEED, offer businesses a chance to be rewarded for their excellence, to share their stories and to celebrate their successes. For a complete list of finalists and details of the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremonies please visit

For more information contact Michael Barnett, mobile: 0275 631 150.
Michael Barnett, Chief Executive, Auckland Chamber of Commerce.