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APEC 2021 teams up with Wellington Gold Awards

APEC 2021 Gold has been announced as the theme of the Wellington Gold Awards, an annual event that celebrates the excellence and enterprise of businesses in New Zealand's capital city. 

​Since being established in 1999, the Gold Awards have become an eagerly anticipated event on the corporate and social calendar. 

The APEC theme is fitting, as Wellington is playing host to the bulk of APEC's virtual meetings throughout 2021, and most of APEC's work being progressed at those meetings is directly related to doing business in the Asia-Pacific.

The finalists


Creative Gold 

In association with Dinosaur Polo Club
Film, media & creative content

Beyond: On a mission to bring VR to the masses, pushing the boundaries of social play.

PS/Digital: A full-service creative digital agency, growing epic “digital partnerships” with clients.

Resn: A digital experience agency that helps brands stand out and making the internet a bit awesomer every day.

The Granary: New Zealand’s first turnkey virtual production company, delivering disruptive production technologies.

Wellington Opera: Bringing together world-class Wellington and New Zealand artists as “the world’s newest opera company.”

Cyber Gold

In association with PwC 
Technology creators

Arlo Software: Providing software for commercial trainers empowering the delivery of great learning worldwide.

Farm Focus: Providing world-class technology to enable farmers to stay at the top of best farming practices internationally.

Impact Lab: Ensuring every dollar of philanthropic giving does the most good through the provision of impact monitoring tools.

Optimal Workshop: Supporting researchers, designers and information architects around the world to make better design decisions.

PaySauce: A powerful platform centralizing all essential people functions in a business, like payroll, timesheets and rosters.

Emerging Gold 

Products in association with HNRY
10 or fewer full time employees

3 Maori Boys: Creators of Wai – Manuka, the premium, nonalcoholic beverage that infuses manuka honey and lemon juice with sparkling water.

Able Spaces: Building affordable, sustainable, transportable homes, delivered nationwide.

DRE Systems: A system integrator and panel builder for industrial automation of process plants and machinery.

Eketahuna Country Meats: Delivering meat and milk directly from the Farm to the customer’s door throughout the Wellington region.

Froth Technologies: An urban farm growing pure liquid yeast cultures for the craft breweries of Aotearoa.

Little Yellow Bird: A manufacturer and supplier of ethically made apparel and uniforms.

Emerging Gold

Services in association with Duncan Cotterill
10 or fewer full time employees

Latitude Creative: A creative photography and videography service business operating nationwide, recently assisting the NZSO engage with new and diverse audiences.

Pompom Events & Marketing: Hyper organized Event managers taking projects from conception to delivery, including scoping, planning and full implementation.

Rebel Business School Aotearoa: Making starting a business achievable for anyone and everyone, prioritising people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Straight Flush - Wairarapa: A plumbing, drainlaying and gasfitting business, also operating a suction truck to service septic tanks.

Wellington Moisture Barriers & Insulation: Retrofitting existing homes by providing and installing insulation.

WombatNET: An internet service provider currently building out networks in remote areas of our region.

Innovation Gold

In association with Datacom
Recent R&D projects

Inhibit Coatings: Developing antiviral coatings that lower the risk of transmission by decreasing the viral loading on surfaces.

CoGo: Offering consumers an app integrated with 5 major banks allows for tracking spending in real-time.

Marama Labs: A sensor and data analytics company allowing winemakers to accurately monitor their wine production.

Safewater by Lutra: A state-of-the-art modular containerised water treatment plant designed to support small communities.

X-Frame: A sustainable building system set to revolutionise the way the construction industry deals with waste.

Global Gold

In association with ANZ

Fix & Fogg: Described as producing the “best nut butter on the planet” by the New York Magazine, now selling in thousands of stores worldwide.

Give Worldwide: Supplying innovative packaging options to 300 jewellery stores in over 20 international markets.

Marsello: A data-driven, all-in-one marketing solution for omnichannel retailers and businesses.

Sanpro Industries: Designers and creators of world-leading tube perforation machinery, now having sold over 200 in 35 countries.

Taylor Preston: Producing quality food for New Zealand and approximately 50 countries worldwide, including through the premium brand Natural Farm NZ.

Supporting Gold

In association with BECA 
Services & infrastructure

Adultmegastore: An online retailer for everything adult, leading conversations around sex, self-love and sexual health.

Cuttriss Consultants: Assisting a wide variety of property and infrastructure clients to manage, realise and improve the value of their asset.

Fulton Hogan: Providing customers with end-to-end civil infrastructure, construction and maintenance solutions.

Lowe & Co Realty: With significant revenue and team growth, now claiming to be the most prominent real estate brand in Wellington.

Quantum Security Services: A specialist fully independent information security consultancy firm. Keeping cybersecurity simple.

The Akina Foundation: The positive impact consultancy, providing tailored business services that help make change that improves lives and the environment.

Vibrant Gold

In association with NW GROUP 
Events & hospitality

Brewtown Upper Hutt: A unique food, craft beer and entertainment destination staging regular live events.

CubaDupa: An extraordinary and unique performance arts festival, connecting the community and pushing creative boundaries.

Nuku Ora: An independent body for physical activity, believing this has the power to change lives.

Simply Food Catering: A family-operated catering company delivering a wide range of events and functions.

Wings Over Wairarapa Festival: A biennial extravaganza of aerial action and fantastic ground displays and activities.

Best Practices Green Gold

In association with Greater Wellngton Regional Council
Sustainability programmes & products

CoGo: On a mission to empower millions of consumers globally to understand and manage their personal carbon footprint.

Eketahuna Country Meats: Delivering Free Range eggs, Honey, Kombucha, Olive Oil, Meat and Milk from local producers throughout the region.

Figgy & Co: With a focused purpose to reduce the number of chemicals used in the daily cleaning of Kiwi homes.

Little Yellow Bird: Using 100% organic rain-fed cotton and tracing raw materials from farm to factory.

Sealed Air: Specialising in food packaging solutions primarily for the fresh red meat industry.

Team Gold 

In association with Find Recruitment 
HR & wellness programmes

Bradley Project Management: A project management company with a key focus on maintaining a high level of wellbeing on all of their sites.

Chorus: With a team “Wellbeing Programme” to inspire, educate and support employees with a holistic approach.

Mana Communications: A communications consultancy aiming to help people grow their voice, mana and reputation.

Quantum Security Services: Committed to a team “growing securely” value, that ensures their people are supported and empowered.