Primary Industries Good Employer Awards 2018

Recognising and celebrating our exceptional primary industries employers.

Awards announced

The inaugural Primary Industries Good Employer Awards were announced on 27 November 2018 at a dinner in the Grand Hall at Parliament.

The awards – held by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Agricultural and Marketing Research Development Trust (AGMARDT) – recognise good employment conditions in the primary sector. 

Innovative Employment Practices Award

This award recognises employers who:

  • are committed to providing good employment conditions in their business or organisation
  • have put in place new or innovative programmes, processes, or practices to provide a great work place.

Winner: Ben and Nicky Allomes, Hopelands Dairies Ltd

Highly commended: Jenny Buckley and Dave van den Beuken, Jaydee Partnership

Employee Development Award

This award recognises employers who:

  • are committed to providing good employment conditions in their business or organisation
  • have put in place an effective employee development programme.

Winner: Kevin and Kylie Ihaka, Forest Protection Services

Highly Commended: Patrick Malley, Onyx Capital Limited

Safe and Healthy Work Environment Award

The Safe and Healthy Work Environment Award is intended to recognise employers that are committed to providing good employment conditions in their business or organisation; and have an exemplary standard in relation to employee health, safety and well-being.

Winner: Michelle Cherrington, Moana

Highly Commended: Kevin Ihaka, Forestry Protection Services

Maori Agribusiness Award

The Māori Agribusiness Award recognises Māori Agribusiness employers that are committed to providing good employment conditions in their business or organisation, and have put in place an effective programme in one or more of the following aspects of good employment:

  • innovation
  • employee development
  • safe and healthy work environment.

Winner: Richard Wyeth, Miraka

Highly Commended: Zac Te Ahuru, Ruapehu Agricultural Developments Ltd

Minister's Award

This award recognises employers who:

  • are committed to providing good employment conditions in their business or organisation
  • have put in place an effective programme in one or more of the following aspects of good employment:
    • innovation
    • employee development
    • safe and healthy work environment
  • have shared their ideas and resources among other employers to improve employment conditions in their region.

Winner: Ben and Nicky Allomes, Hopelands Dairies Ltd

Highly Commended: Bruce Beaton, Kristen Nash and Maurice Windle, T&G Global, Pipfruit

Find out more about the awardees

Good Employer Awards 2018 finalists

Innovative Employment Practices Award

  • Jenny Buckley and Dave van den Beuken, Jaydee Partnership
  • Stewart Weatherstone, Rotopai Farms Ltd
  • Ritchie Legge, Ravensdown Ltd
  • Hew Dalrymple, Waitatapia
  • Bert Hughes, Forest Enterprises Ltd
  • Ben and Nicky Allomes, Hopelands Dairies Ltd
  • Edith Sykes, Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ltd

Employee Development Award

  • Heather Remnant, At the Vets
  • Ben and Belinda Price, Price Trusts Partnership
  • Kevin and Kylie Ihaka, Forest Protection Services
  • Patrick Malley, Onyx Capital Limited
  • Justine Kidd, Theland Farm Group
  • Julie Bassett, Constellation Brands New Zealand

Safe and Healthy Work Environments Award

  • Duncan and Anne-Marie Wells, Huntly Road Dairies
  • Kevin Ihaka, Forest Protection Services
  • Michelle Cherrington, Moana
  • Craig Durbin, NZSF Waikato Farms Ltd
  • James Trevelyan, Trevelyan's

Māori Agribusiness Award

  • Miraka
  • Zac Te Ahuru, Ruapehu Agricultural Developments Ltd
  • Aaron Kurei, Te Kaha Gold Spraying Limited

Minister’s Award

  • Michael and Susie Woodward, Woodward Farms
  • Stephen Hopkinson, Taranaki Veterinary Centre
  • Bruce Beaton, Kristen Nash and Maurice Windle, T&G Global, Pipfruit
  • Ben and Nicky Allomes, Hopelands Dairies Ltd
  • James Trevelyan, Trevelyan's

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions, email goodemployerawards@mpi.govt.nz

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