Business success celebrated at Wānaka Business Chamber Business Awards

Structural and civil engineering firm Batchelar McDougall Consulting took out the top award at the Wānaka Business Excellence Awards.

The local firm was acknowledged for its impressive company growth, strong customer relationships and R&D investment and its focus on staff and robust governance at the Awards, run by Wānaka Business Chamber in partnership with Milford Asset Management.

Batchelar McDougall also won the Outstanding in Professional Services category.

Winners of each category are:

Milford Asset Management Supreme Business Award:
Batchelar McDougall

Outstanding in tourism (supported by Lake Wānaka Tourism):
Lavender Farm

Outstanding in professional services:
Batchelar McDougall

Outstanding in hospitality (supported by Drive Accounting):
Pembroke Patisserie

Outstanding in infrastructure/trades (supported by Findex):
Dunlop Builders

Outstanding in retail (supported by LOGIC1):

Outstanding not-for-profit (supported by Queenstown Lakes District Council):
WAI Wānaka

Outstanding in sustainability (supported by Queenstown Airport):
Wild Wire

Outstanding young enterprise (supported by Air New Zealand):
Village Gift and The Next Chapter (joint winners)

Resilience and Diversification Award (supported by Todd & Walker Law):
Wild Wire

Outstanding in innovation (supported by Aspiring Law):
The Film Crew

Outstanding employer (supported by EASI NZ):

People’s Choice Award (supported by the Wanaka App):
The Village Gift

WAI Wānaka chair and Criffel Station co-owner Mandy Bell was awarded the Outstanding Individual award (sponsored by Cardrona Alpine Resort).

Winners were selected by an independent panel of local judges: Wayne Hudson (convenor), Ann Lockhart, Charlie James and Meg Taylor.
Hudson says: “It was good to see a large number of entries, despite some negativity resulting from the lockdowns in the past two years. We also appreciated the honest comments from entrants about how hard Covid had affected them and how they were dealing with the impact on their businesses. Congratulations to everyone who entered. Just putting in an entry form would have helped them to look at their business instead of being lost in the business. And hopefully they will have learnt something positive during the process of entering.”
Wānaka Business Chamber chair Jo Learmonth says: “The Wānaka Business Chamber board congratulates all winners and finalists in this year’s awards. The past two years have been particularly challenging and it’s important that we take a moment to celebrate all that we have achieved as a local business community. We’d especially like to thank our sponsors – without their support, this event would not have been able to happen.”

We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to all our sponsors for making these Awards possible. A full list of sponsors is below.

Business Excellence Award Partners


Thank you to our Premier Sponsor



Thank you to our Business Excellence Award Sponsors


Alongside Milford Asset Management and all the category sponsors, the Wānaka Business Awards are also supported by

  • Entertainment Solutions
  • Metalworks Wanaka
  • Mitre 10 MEGA Wanaka
  • Pacific Linen
  • Radio Wanaka
  • Raspberry Creek
  • Rippon Vineyard & Winery Ltd
  • Scope Media
  • The Film Crew
  • The Messenger
  • The Wanaka App
  • Wanaka Marquee & Party Hire



Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Outstanding in infrastructure/trades (supported by Findex): Batchelar McDougall, Dunlop Builders, Mega Mitre10, R&R Plumbing, Uppercut Firewood 

Outstanding in professional services: Batchelar McDougall, The Film Crew, Ocula

Outstanding in tourism (supported by Lake Wānaka Tourism): Hook, Lavender Farm, Wild Wire  

Outstanding in retail (supported by Logic1): Lavender Farm, Mega Mitre10, Ocula  

Outstanding in hospitality (supported by Drive Accounting): Lavender Farm, Pembroke Patisserie, Red Star Burgers 

Outstanding in innovation (supported by Aspiring Law):, R&R Plumbing, The Film Crew

Outstanding in sustainability (supported by Queenstown Airport): Manage My House, Ripe, Wild Wire  

Outstanding young enterprise (supported by Air New Zealand): The Next Chapter, The Napery, Village Gift 

Outstanding not-for-profit (supported by Queenstown Lakes District Council): WAI Wanaka, Community Networks/LINK Upper Clutha, WAO 

Resilience and Diversification Award (supported by Todd & Walker Law): Pembroke Patisserie, The Film Crew, Wild Wire

Outstanding employer (supported by EASI NZ): Breen Construction, Manage My House, Ocula 

Outstanding individual (sponsored by Cardrona Alpine Resort): Anna Van Riel, Bridget Legnavsky, Mandy Bell

People’s Choice finalists (supported by the Wanaka App): Dunlop Builders, Lavender Farm, Mega Mitre10, The Next Chapter, Ocula, Pembroke Patisserie, R&R Plumbing, Village Gift 


Previous winners and supporters:

Supreme Winner supported by Milford Asset Management
2016 Puzzling World
2017 Cardrona Alpine Resort
2019 Wanaka Helicopters 

Outstanding in Tourism supported by Lake Wanaka Tourism
2016 Puzzling World
2017 Cardrona Alpine Resort
2019 Wanaka Helicopters 

Outstanding in Trades & Infrastructure supported by Findex
2016 Aquasystems Australasia
2017 Optum Plumbing
2019 Roofing Hub

Outstanding in Professional Services 
2016 Eyes on Ardmore (now OCULA)
2017 Blend Creative
2019 OCULA  

Outstanding in Retail & Hospitality supported by Cardrona 
2016 Mons Royale
2017 Perriam
2019 Pembroke Patisserie

Outstanding Startup supported by Air New Zealand
2017 N/A
2019 Hook

Outstanding in Innovation supported by Aspiring Law 
2016 Revology. Kin2kin - Highly commended 
2017 The Wanaka App
2019 The Wanaka App

Outstanding in Sustainability supported by Queenstown and Wanaka Airports 
2016 N/A
2017 Eastwood Environmental Plumbing
2019 Cardrona

Outstanding Individual supported by Ray White
2016 Mark Verbiest
2017 Hamish Acland, Founder Mons Royale
2019 Monique Kelly, ONE New Zealand and Revology 

People's Choice supported by The Wanaka App
2016 N/A
2017 Challenge Wanaka
2019 The Fit Collective