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Colin Wins Export Achievement Award



The winners of the BNZ Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards for 2014 were decided at a Country Music themed awards evening at ASB Baypark Stadium.

Guests were entertained by MC Te Radar on a stage which included a working saloon bar, and treated to a Southern style meal including a picnic hamper of local produce, a bucket of shrimps and low & slow BBQ baby back ribs.

The high calibre of companies meant there was serious competition in every category with head judge Kelvin Trask commenting that judges were very impressed by the variety of businesses who entered from milk, vanilla, roofing, luxury fibre to solar energy – there are no two companies in the same sector.

The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership Export Achievement award provides an exporter the opportunity to recognise a material contribution to their export success by a particular individual within their company. These nominees are often the unsung heroes of their business. The 2014 winner of this award was Colin Baskin – GM Supply Chain, Comvita.

The Judges commented “Comvita is an international natural health and beauty company committed to the development of natural products, backed by credible scientific research.

"Colin has enabled Comvita to grow its exports to over $100m through building a sustainable and traceable community of supply that is optimised across the world markets and delivers assurance and value to the end customer.

"His contribution epitomises Comvita’s core values – Caring, Curious and Courageous”.