Tai Tokerau / Friday, July 21, 2017 / Categories: Media Releases Sawmill stands tall at business awards The company also won the Most Outstanding Maori Enterprise category. Demonstrating it is a market leader, being recognised and respected by its peers, and having a welcoming environment for its team, customers and stakeholders has seen Waipapa Pine take out top spot in this year's Te Hiringa Tai Tokerau Maori Business Awards. The company also won the Most Outstanding Maori Enterprise category. Minister for Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell presented the company's chief, Shane Horan, with the awards at an awards dinner at Forum North in Whangarei on Friday. Convenor of the judges' panel and chairman of Te Hiringa Charitable Trust, which hosted the awards, Steve Bennett of Bennett and Associates Chartered Accountants, said judges thought Waipapa Pine was clearly the best in its class, and deserving of placement as overall winner. "The standard of applications received, quality support material and high commitment to business excellence made our judging process an honour to undertake. "The calibre of all applicants showed that Maori business in Te Tai Tokerau is indeed very good and it is fantastic for our rohe to have businesses of this nature operating in our midst," Mr Bennett said. "These awards are held to encourage Te Tai Tokerau Maori businesses to lift their game, adopt best practice and to produce role models for others to aspire to. "Maori business owners recognise that relationships and people play a significant factor in their successes - the awards applaud and celebrate being Maori." Award recipients on the night included: - Maori Business of the Year 2016 and Most Outstanding Maori Enterprise winner - Waipapa Pine. Waipapa Pine head Shane Horan (right) gets his company's awards from Minister of Maori Development Te Ururoa Flavell. Photo / C. Horsford Photography Forest owners put plans into action Government welcomes Māori forestry collective announcement 596 Rate this article: 4.5 Tags: Maori business Tai Tokerau Maori Business Awards Te Tai Tokerau Waipapa Pine Please login or register to post comments.