Venkat Raman –
For hundreds of people who attended the Eight Annual Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards held on Monday, November 23, 2015 at Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland, being a part of a vibrant community was more important than winning trophies.
There were of course finalists and winners in 14 categories including the ‘Supreme Business of the Year Award,’ demonstrating their spirit of innovation, strength of marketing, ability to achieve high levels of customer service, achieve increasing productivity and profitability and most important of all, adding value to their performance.
Four individuals were also recognised and honoured for their exemplary performance.
Among the Guests of Honour were Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Associate Trade Minister Todd McClay, Minister of Small Business Craig Floss, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, Opposition Leader Andrew Little, Former UNIDO Advisor Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi, Indian High Commissioner Charge d’ Affaires Sandeep Sood, Auckland Mayor Len Brown, BNZ Managing Director & Chief Executive Anthony Healy, BNZ Director Mai Chen and KPMG Executive Chairman Ross Buckley.
Members of Parliament, India Trade Alliance Chairman Giri Gupta (who is also Managing Director and Managing Editor of Indian Weekender) and Deputy Chairmen Dr Don Brash (former Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor) and Dr Richard Worth (former Minister and Member of Parliament), Sponsors, their associates, franchisees and families, judges and their partners enhanced the prestige of the event.
Mr Joyce said that the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards were getting bigger and better year after year and that the unheard of response to the 2015 edition and growing numbers alone would justify a new Convention Centre.