In the Community

The Westpac Business Excellence Awards were held on Saturday night in Rotorua. The Holland Beckett Law “Innovation Business Award” went to Pipi .
Pipi Mā is a business started by Kristin Ross and Hohepa Tuahine which produces the only 100% Maori language dolls for children. This was a particularly significant award as Rotorua has just become New Zealand’s first bilingual city.
Mr Tuahine gave his acceptance speech in Te Reo and their table then responded with a haka showing the pride they have in their business and culture.
The Pipi Mā dolls are super cool – you can check them out for yourself at

Holland Beckett Law
Pukeroa Oruawhata Holdings Ltd
Rotorua Daily Post
Rotorua Weekender
The Hits 97.5
Rotorua Lakes Council
Talent ID
Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology
the Arista Group
Bay of Connections
Ministry of Education
Red Stag Timber

Innovation Business Award
Retail Business Award
Hospitality Business Award
Attractions Business Award
Service Provider Business Award
Community Organisation Business Award
Emerging Business Award
Employee of the Year
Emerging Young Leader of the Year
Social Responsibility Award
Customer Service Award
Excellence in Sustainable Practices Award
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Business of the Year 2017
Business Person of the Year

Pipi Mā
Artisan Cafe
Rotorua Top10 Holiday Park
Adventure Playground
Rotorua Multicultural Council
AJS Strike Zone, Megazone, Timezone
Gretchen Livingstone, Regent of Rotorua
Jasmine Adams, Rotorua Top10 Holiday Park
Professionals McDowell Real Estate
Holiday Inn Rotorua
Rotorua Drycleaners & Apparelmaster
Sophie Glasgow - Western Heights High School
Gregg Brown