Who’s the ‘hidden gem’ at your work?

Get nominating for business awards

Laura Smith






Entries have opened for this year’s Tompkins Wake Rotorua Business Awards in November. The Rotorua Business Chamber launched the awards at an event on Tuesday night. Nominations and entries opened on Wednesday morning. While attendees were able to gather in person on Tuesday night, last year’s awards event was postponed three times and the decision had been made for it to be held virtually in February. Rotorua Business Chamber chief executive Bryce Heard says it was wonderful to hold the launch on Tuesday. “It’s great to be back having events, it’s what we are all about . . . events are at the heart of it all.” He is excited about the November event and to see who will be nominated. “We have so many hidden gems in this town.” Entries into the 15 categories are open from May 11 until July 8, and can be selfentry or by nomination. Bryce says anyone can nominate anyone for the awards and the entry is simple and free. “The event itself is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 and this year we expect a massive turnout of up to 800 delegates to the black tie, gala evening at the Energy Events Centre.” Bryce says there is a category for everyone. “Every year we uncover lots of hidden gems that modestly go about their daily performance of excellence in our city. “Let’s recognise them and celebrate their successes.”