Finalist in Taupo Business Awards

We are so proud to be a finalist in four of the categories of the Taupo Business Awards. Congratulations to all the other fabulous businesses which made the finals!

We are finalist in:
EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – LARGE BUSINESS
EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION
EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING

This year the finalists also get to vie for the title of the BNZ People’s Choice awards. So please vote for Lava Glass!

Simply click on this link here and choose Lava Glass. It only takes two clicks. Thank you so much!


Twenty six local businesses have been recognised for their business excellence across nine different categories. The Awards are held every second year and encourage and support businesses in the greater Taupo region in their quest for sustainable growth, development and excellence.

With over 100 entries received across the categories, the finalists were determined by a judging panel from the Business Management faculty of Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology.  Entrants were required to enter into one of the four business categories and answer a comprehensive range of questions, on topics including customer focus, business planning and people management. They could then choose up to three of the business practice categories to enter which were, innovation, environmental sustainability, social media and marketing, community contribution and leadership.

With a record number of entries this year the Head Judge Jeni Fountain said the standard was extremely high and in some categories there was very little distinguishing the scores to determine the finalists.

The finalists are now subject to a further phase of judging before the winners are announced at a Gala Dinner at the Great Lake Centre on the 20th of August. Every finalist is visited by one of a further panel of independent business experts.  The scores from this visit are added to the earlier score generated from the written entry, and these combined figures are used to identify the nine category winners, and the Unison Overall Business of the Year.