Primary Industries Good Employer Awards

Recognising and celebrating our exceptional primary industries employers. Find out who were the 2021 winners and finalists.

2021 award winners

Winners for each award category were announced at an event at Parliament in Wellington on 12 April 2021.

Employee Development Award

Winner: Adam Hittmann – Vetora Waikato

Finalists: Brent and Rebecca Miller (MilkIQ Limited) and Gareth Edgecombe (T&G Global)

About this award

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide great employment conditions
  • have developed new or innovative programmes, processes, or practices providing a great work environment
  • have an effective employee development programme.

This is shown by employers:

  • providing a fair and unbiased recruitment process, and telling new employees about the organisation and the opportunities available to them
  • supporting employee development through training, coaching, and mentoring
  • providing equal opportunities for employees to move up and through the organisation in a positive way, and providing performance management practices that are transparent and fair
  • having a transparent remuneration system which is regularly reviewed, ensures equitable job opportunities and conditions, and recognises employee contributions
  • providing opportunities for staff to participate in organisational decisions.

Safe and Healthy Work Environment Award

Winner: Zac Robinson and Barry Wells – Port Blakely

Finalists: Liam O'Sullivan (Landcos Ventures Limited) and Constellation Brands NZ

About this award

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide great employment conditions
  • have developed new or innovative programmes, processes, or practices providing a great work environment
  • have an effective health and safety programme.

This is shown by employers:

  • supporting and encouraging employee participation in health and safety, and taking a proactive approach to employee health and wellbeing
  • providing a workplace where employees are safe from harassment and bullying
  • empowering employees by respecting what makes them different
  • providing a workplace where employees can balance work with the rest of their lives.

Māori Agribusiness Award

Winner: Chubby Rewi, Rewi Haulage Limited – East Coast Log Haulage Limited

Finalist: Shannon Te Huia, Puniu River Care

About this award

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide good employment conditions
  • have developed new or innovative programmes, processes, or practices providing a great work environment
  • have in place an effective programme in employee development or health and safety
  • identify as a Māori agribusiness
  • provide pathways for Māori employees to advance in the organisation
  • can incorporate tikanga Māori to increase individual, community, hapu, and iwi outcomes.

Supreme Award presented by the Minister of Agriculture

Winner: Rayonier Matariki Forests

2021 finalists:

  • Rhys and Kiri Roberts – Align Clareview

  • James Trevelyan – Trevelyan's

  • Jenny Buckley and Dave van den Beuken – Jaydee Partnership

  • Gareth Edgecombe – T&G Global

About this award

This award recognises employers who:

  • provide great employment conditions in their business or organisation
  • demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the workplace
  • share their ideas and resources among others to lift expectations of great employment in their region
  • have a highly effective programme in employee development or health and safety.

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Pictures from the 2021 awards night

Employee Development Award

Vetora Waikato representatives collecting their Employee Development Award from AGMARDT chairman Richard Brown (right).

 

Safe and Healthy Work Environment Award

A Port Blakely representative with MPI director-general Ray Smith (right).

 

Māori Agribusiness Award

Representatives from Rewi Haulage Ltd with Minister of Forestry Stuart Nash.

 

Supreme Award

 

Rayonier Matariki Forests staff with Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor (left), MPI director-general Ray Smith (second from right), and Minister of Forestry Stuart Nash (right).

 

The aims of the good employer awards

The good employer awards aim to:

  • highlight good employers and good employment practices across all primary industries
  • encourage employers in the primary industries to strive for good practice
  • change perceptions about employers in the primary industries.

Primary Industries Good Employer Awards 2021 information booklet [PDF, 783 KB]

Who to contact

If you have questions about the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards, email goodemployerawards@mpi.govt.nz

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