Saturday 6 September
A celebration of Central Otago's finest was held last night at a special Central Otago Awards ceremony in Roxburgh.
Now in their 9th year, the biennial Central Otago Awards honour excellence, innovation, big hearts and the remarkable contributions of Central Otago people to their communities.
Award winners were announced across three categories: Business Excellence, Young Professional, and Youth. Community Service Award recipients were also presented with their awards.
"It's been wonderful to once again honour and celebrate our local people who are adding real value to our communities through their excellent achievements," Ms Howden said.
Bendigo's Misha's Vineyard took out the Business Excellence Award.
The vineyard business was described by the judges as `a textbook case of excellent business practice, essentially faultless."
Misha and Andy Wilkinson's 'no compromises' approach to establishing their vineyard has led to the development of a highly successful, world-class viticulture business, the judges said.
Wine industry rising star, viticulturalist Annabel Bulk, who works for Felton Wines was awarded the Young Professional Award.
Locally and nationally Annabel has had huge success, gaining wide recognition and respect for her knowledge, skills and dedication to viticulture, coupled with her voluntary work in conservation.
Alexandra student, Abby Golden, 17, was awarded the Youth Award for her leadership at Dunstan High School and in the local community. Abby has a genuine commitment to make a difference in other people's lives and was described by the judges as an inspirational and exemplary role model.
Finlay Russel, 17, of Clyde, received a highly commended award in the Youth category, for her outstanding services to community, including as a firefighter.
Four Community Service Award recipients were presented with their awards at last night's ceremony. They are Barry Becker (Oturehua), Alex Gordon (Roxburgh), Rose Jefcoate (Alexandra) and Brigette Paterson (Roxburgh).
"These remarkable people have given so much over decades—it is simply who they are and what they do. Their commitment and love for their communities demonstrates that Central Otago is in very good heart," says Regional Identity Manager Shirley Howden.
The awards were held at the Roxburgh Entertainment Centre and attended by invited guests. Guest speaker at the awards ceremony was Dunedin technology entrepreneur Ian Taylor CNZM.
To read a profile of each of the awards winners please visit: www.centralotagoawards.co.nz.