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Finalists announced for the Pacific Business Awards 2020

Trow Group is up for three Pacific Business awards. Photo: Abigail Dougherty/Stuff

Finalists have been announced for the Pacific Business Awards 2020. Media production company SunPix Ltd, who makes Tagata Pasifika, is up for three awards – Pacific Business Enterprise, Pacific Social Enterprise and Pacific Innovation.

Construction company Trow Group, founded by 2018 SunPix Enterprise Winner Saia Latu, is also up for three awards – Pacific Business Enterprise, Pacific Social Enterprise and Pacific Business Entrepreneur.

Pasifika NGO Le Va is also up for three awards – Pacific Business Enterprise, Pacific Social Enterprise and Pacific Innovation.

Social services app MYRIVR, founded by 2018 SunPix Pacific Community Leadership Winner Akerei Maresala-Thomson, is a finalist in the Pacific Innovation category.

The annual Pacific Business Awards are run by the Pacific Business Trust, a Government-funded not-for-profit that provides Pacific businesses support and mentoring in New Zealand. The awards, now in their 12th year, celebrate the success of Pacific entrepreneurs and businesses nationally.

An awards ceremony was originally scheduled to take place in May but were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Information regarding event times will be released shortly.

See the full finalist list below:

PACIFIC BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AWARD:
A business that demonstrates innovation, strategic thinking and a track record of sustainable growth.

FINALISTS:
• Le Va
• Sunpix Ltd
• Trow Group Ltd

PACIFIC SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AWARD:
Pacific organisations that are led by an economic, social, cultural, or environmental mission consistent with a community benefit, such as reinvesting profits back into the community.

FINALISTS:
• Le Va
• Sunpix Ltd
• The Fono Trust
• Trow Group Ltd.

PACIFIC INNOVATION AWARD:

A business that has delivered a positive outcome, whether it is tangible value, creation of a new market or competitive advantage. Successful businesses will demonstrate that the actions required to deliver this innovation value are new.

FINALISTS:
• MYRIVR Group Ltd
• Le Va
• Sunpix Ltd

PACIFIC WOMAN IN BUSINESS AWARD:
Recognises successful Pacific women who own their own business. Eligible entrants must own at least 50% of their business.

FINALISTS:
• Elena Ikenasio – Bethel Hair & Beauty
• Shaileshni Chand – Advisory Plus, Your Finance Business Partner

PACIFIC YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR AWARD:

Pacific young people between the ages of 18 to 24 who successfully run their own business. Eligible entrants must own at least 50% of their business.

Winner to be announced on the night

PACIFIC BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR AWARD:

Pacific entrepreneurs who own their business. Eligible entrants must own at least 50% of their business.

FINALISTS:
• Saia Finau Latu – Trow Group Ltd
• Morgan Alanotama – MMB Builders Ltd
• Sopi Patrick Wulf – Wulf Security Services Ltd

PACIFIC LEGACY AWARD:

Acknowledges Pacific business leaders and Pacific businesses that have consistently been successful in their business.

Winner to be announced on the night

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