Gisborne and Wairoa take two awards
GisVin's Mike Jones was honoured with an Unsung Heroes Award at last night's ExportNZ Hawke's Bay Awards.
The sold-out event was a dinner held at the Toi Toi Hawke's Bay Arts and Event Centre.
True to the name of the award, unsung hero Mike said it was all about the team -— the reason he loved working there, and the reason he won the award.
Mike is the operations manager at GisVin. His role involved “winery logistics” and covered the day-to-day running of the winery, the generation of work orders and making sure everything went to the right place.
He had been full-time at the winery since 2013, but had done 13 harvests with the GisVin crew.
Mike said he was “absolutely surprised” by last night's win.
“I was a bit embarrassed by the situation, but gracefully accepted it. We've got a great team and place to work at GisVin.
“It's great working with the team and I am a people person so harvest time is always good, and I love employing and training staff.”
The Unsung Heroes Award recognises work behind the scenes of exporting companies. Mike shared it with Simon Beale, of T&G Global, and Fidel Russ, of Wood Mallets.
The judges said they couldn't single out anyone, so decided to recognise the three businesses and individuals “who, in their own way, each make a significant difference to exporting in the region”.
The Judge's Choice Award, a discretionary category, was won by Ilana Cheiban of NZ Mecates in Wairoa. The judges said she had done “a supreme job” in carving out a company from scratch, and unanimously wanted to acknowledge NZ Mecates.
They are a small family-owned business, specialising in the manufacture of Californian-style tack for horses, that includes things like saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins and more.
They are of a contemporary design and hand-crafted from natural New Zealand materials.