People's Choice Award

People's Choice voting has now closed.

Finalists will be announce on Monday 17th September 2018.

Buttercup Dairies: Buttercup Dairies is a boutique retail operation selling raw milk. It's on part of a commercial dairy farm at Turua, on the Hauraki Plains, and is owned and operated by Neil and Glenda Gray.

The farm dairy has been rebuilt to comply with the latest food safety requirements and they follow a rigorous testing regime to ensure their milk is of the highest quality.

Buttercup Dairies pride themselves on having clean and tidy facilities, and happy and healthy cows.  The cows, the land, and the environment are treated with respect at all times. 

The milk is sold using vending machines from Italy, housed in a specially built self service milk barn, open 12 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Hello Friday: Two years ago, Paula Leen and Mandy Alexander bought a retail clothing store in the Pauanui Village Centre, and they've successfully re-branded and developed it into Hello Friday.

As permanent residents of Pauanui for a combined 38 years, they saw an opportunity to inject a new lease of life into this business and the Pauanui Village Centre, with their energy and enthusiasm. 

Paula and Mandy are focused on continuing to grow the business as a destination store for local residents, shoppers from the wider Coromandel Peninsula, and holidaymakers. They strive to offer a quality, affordable and fashionable product range with very personalised customer service.

Koru Florist Waihi:  Mel and her team at Koru Florist and Home in Waihi provide floristry services using fresh flowers, as well as on-trend homeware and gifts.

They keep up-to-date with the latest fashions, and are always finding new and exciting ways to change the business for better and brighter shopping.

The team loves coming to work each day and offering a happy and friendly shopping atmosphere.  

Koru Florist and Home are pleased to give back to their local community through supporting teams and individuals, such as junior rugby, Pink Ribbon Breakfast, and the Miss Waihi Beach pageant.

Make Your Day Events: Make Your Day Events specialises in affordable quality marquee/party hire and event styling services.

Based on the Thames Coast, they are passionate about providing great service to anyone planning an event, and they love to work with couples getting married on the Coromandel or in Hauraki.

Make Your Day Events' focus is on providing affordable marquee weddings without compromising on quality. They are a family-run business that aims to make your Big Day or party run as smoothly as possible.

Paeroa 24 Fit Club: Paeroa 24 Fit Club is a community-based health and fitness club. The club is based in Paeroa and is run by Paora Raharaha, whose main objective is to help people.

The business's aim is to provide support/advice about physical training and to encourage everyone to live a healthy lifestyle. Fitness classes at the Paeroa Scout Hall bring people together in a fun and safe environment.

Paeroa 24 Fit Club takes part in running events across New Zealand, raising thousands of dollars for people in need.  

Read Bros Hardware: Read Bros Hardware was established in 1867 by current Director John Read’s Great Great Grandfather. He was also called John Read.

Read Bros base their business on good old-fashioned service, delivered with character and integrity. Their team of 7 staff has great and varied knowledge from engineering to gardening to pickling. 

The independent nature of their business means they don’t make compromises on their level of service. They can and will sell you one bolt if that's all you need!

Safer Coromandel: Safer Coromandel is made up of 16 partner agencies,  operating under a small strategic group, working to prevent death and serious harm in the Coromandel. 

Their focus last year was family safety with strong threads on water safety, consent, and alcohol harm reduction.

They attend major events across Coromandel in conjunction with Plan B4 U Party & More FM.  Their best known event is 'It's not about the sausage', on New Year's Eve in Whangamata.  Fire and Emergency run this, providing BBQ stations with free refreshments and safety advice.

Savour & Spice: Good food and incredible flavour are at the heart of ‘Savour & Spice’. They makes spice blends, marinades, and great curry powders from the best ingredients they can source. They say that when you taste their products, you can be assured they were crafted by someone who cares.

Their range also includes beautiful European cookware, tagines to inspire, and handmade chocolates.

Savour & Spice also hold classes from time to time to provide a foodie experience in Thames. Magsie loves to talk to her customers about spice and flavour!

Splinta's Firewood: "Three years back the old girl needed some wood split - that’s Janella not the mother - so being a forward thinking bloke, I bought her a splitter and thought I was done. After Janella had split that wood, she started getting ideas. A woman with ideas can be good but this wasn’t. She conned the kids into a trip to Rarotonga. This included them splitting heaps of wood she could sell. Great I thought, til I realised muggins had to ring it all. We achieved 150m3 of wood that year with the little splitter.

Unfortunately, Janella had bigger ideas, resulting in our next splitter purchase. With this we managed to produce close to 450m3 of wood and kindling this year. This doesn’t end the story. More ideas and another splitter, fully automated, is arriving in November. A new target of 1000m3 a year and this firewood thing may no longer be part time."

Stilo Hair and Co: Stilo Hair Co. is one half of Whitianga’s hottest new destination shopping experience. In four years, it's grown exponentially into new premises and concept store, which includes a boutique eight chair salon. There are six fully qualified hairstylists and an apprentice. 

A key feature is their boutique clothing department featuring top Australasian and European designers.

The Stilo Collective concept was created to encompass the client's total image, in both how they look and feel. The combination of hair and fashion ensures that they are considered leaders in their field.   

The Club Café Thames: The team at The Club are passionate about quality and even more passionate about creating memorable events for friends and families on any budget.  

Their well-established catering services have catered events from 5 people to 300+ people. They’ve provided chef services for large fundraisers and charitable events such as Seat at the Table at Christmas, supported local nurses during strike action and made soup for Civil Defence workers.

They pride themselves on being a part of what makes their community a rich and rewarding environment to live and raise their family. Now with a small café, in a beautiful venue, The Club Cafe plans to continue to train and upskill themselves and their awesome team.

The Refinery Paeroa: The Refinery Café was opened four years ago by Aucklanders Mike and Nicky, after they saw a gap in the Paeroa market for quality food and coffee. The cafe's now a firm fixture in the community and a social hub for locals, as well as a popular drawcard for travellers and cyclists.

The café is in the historic gold refinery building, which was originally commissioned as the National Bank Gold Refinery in 1914.

A large, light, cosy space with armchairs, books, vinyl playing, and a roaring fire, their customers feel as though they're relaxing in a friend’s lounge. 

Food-wise, the focus is on quality ingredients, great taste, baking from scratch, and excellent coffee.

The Seagull Centre: The Seagull Centre Trust is an award winning community focused organisation, established in 2004 to oversee the operation of a resource recovery facility.

The key objective is reducing the contribution of waste to landfill.

The Seagull Centre is proud of a twelve year period of self-funded development operating as a facility for members of the local and regional communities to contribute, at no charge, unwanted domestic and commercial goods, materials and items otherwise destined as waste to landfill. 

Walter and Co: Walter & Co Hairdressing opened in November 2015 and is respected as an integral part of the Pollen St retail experience. The business has been renovated, rebranded and repositioned to provide a metropolitan experience in down town Thames.

The salon has grown from owner/operator to employing 3 more team members. The in-store product range provides contemporary products for both men and women.

Walter and Co is driven by a passion for creative styling, determination to deliver the best service and products, and commitment to invest in local talent through apprenticeships, strategically selected events and fundraisers.