Southern Spars Ltd has won the Supreme Business Excellence Award at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 – West.

The Avondale based business is the world’s largest manufacture of super yacht and racing yacht masts.

Southern Spars’ general manager, Peter Batcheler says their reputation grows from their world-leading expertise.  

“Innovation is in everything we do. We take the combination of discipline and passion to help us create new products every single day, and international trade is all we do. The reality is 99.5 percent of what we do goes straight off shore.”

Southern Spars Ltd also won the Excellence in International Trade category making it eligible for the supreme award.

Other individual category winners included furniture brands business PLN Group,  medical oxygen and nitrogen supplier Nitrogenx,  health & safety solutions provider Heart Saver NZ Ltd, furniture removal company World Moving and Storage and craft beer industry mobile canning service Crafty Canners 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
Crafty Canners Ltd

Excellence in Customer Service Delivery sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson
World Moving and Storage

Excellence in Innovation sponsored by Unitec
PLN Group

Excellence in International Trade sponsored by Babich Wines
Southern Spars Ltd

Excellence in Marketing sponsored by Soar Printing
Heart Saver NZ Ltd

Excellence in Strategy and Planning sponsored by Rosebank Business Assoc. and Smith & Partners
Heart Saver NZ Ltd

Employer of the Year sponsored by McDonalds Restaurants NZ

Best Small Business sponsored by West Auckland Business Club

Supreme Business Excellence sponsored by Westpac
Southern Spars Ltd



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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 aucklandbusinessawards.co.nz

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