Newmarket Business Awards 2018 Finalists Announced


Auckland, New Zealand: Wednesday 16th May 2018

Newmarket is getting set to celebrate the best of the best from across its precinct – from bars and cafes, to designer retailers, shoe stores, accountants and everything in between – with today’s announcement of the 2018 Newmarket Business Awards finalists.

The announcement comes in the wake of a rigorous first-round judging process, to whittle down almost 100 entries across 12 categories – excluding the Supreme and People’s Choice titles – with the competition promising to be hotter than ever before.

This year’s independent judging panel includes some of New Zealand’s most prominent business leaders and influencers. Among the line-up is Andy Hamilton (Icehouse), Anne Norman (James Pascoe Group), Stewart Sherriff (2degrees), Anthony Hoy Fong (Celebrity Chef), Michael Barnett (Auckland Chamber of Commerce), Michelle Vogt (Mint Consulting), Sarah Dunn (NZ Retail Magazine and The Register), Wendy Thompson (Socialites) and Wynnis Armour (Armour Consulting). Sponsor judges include Rachel Dovey from Bayleys, Tim McFarlane from FlexiGroup, as well as a panel from Rotary Newmarket.

NBA’s CEO, Mark Knoff-Thomas, comments: “Newmarket is home to over 1,400 businesses and 20,000 employees and these awards are our annual celebration of their success. This year, more than ever before, the judges had their work cut out for them. “In fact, in one category, after the judging process, we had a dead heat and ended up with five finalists. Once again this year entrants underwent additional scrutiny with the incorporation of a ‘mystery shopper’ component in some categories,” Knoff-Thomas concludes.

The category winners, as well as the People’s Choice and Supreme Winner, will be announced at a gala dinner evening to be held at the Cordis Hotel on Thursday 14th June. The awards are proudly sponsored by Bayleys and Q Mastercard.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award is open until midnight on Sunday 3rd June – and votes can be submitted at

The Newmarket Business Awards 2018 finalists (in alphabetical order):

‘Best Café of the Year’ sponsored by Newmarket Business Association

  • Gong Cha
  • L’affare Melrose
  • Nuffield Street Café

‘Best Bar / Restaurant of the Year’ sponsored by ParkMate

  • Doolan Brothers
  • Palazzo Italia
  • Tasca
  • Tucks and Bao

‘Retailer of the Year’ (NZ only) sponsored by Hayes Knight

  • Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear
  • Superette
  • The Snowcentre
  • Wine Cave New Zealand

‘International Retailer of the Year’ (NZ & overseas) sponsored by Westfield Newmarket

  • Country Road
  • Glassons
  • LUSH Cosmetics
  • Overland Footwear Group
  • Witchery Fashions

‘Best Innovation of the Year’ sponsored by Vector

  • Alpha Recruitment
  • Glamour Boutique
  • Tech Futures Lab
  • Wine Cave New Zealand

‘Employer of the Year’ sponsored by ANZ

  • Alpha Recruitment
  • Burger Burger
  • Overland Footwear Group
  • Scarpa Shoes

‘Best Customer Experience’ sponsored by Recognise & Reward

  • Gates Eyewear
  • Glamour Boutique
  • Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear
  • Mikko Shoes

‘Best Small / Medium Business of the Year’ (non-retail) sponsored by 2degrees

  • Alliott NZ Ltd
  • NexGen
  • Tech Futures Lab

‘Best Medium / Large Business of the Year’ sponsored by Multi-Media Systems

  • Alpha Recruitment
  • Chinese New Zealand Herald
  • Metlifecare

 ‘Young Business Person of the Year’ sponsored by Rotary Newmarket

  • Alisha Tomlinson – Nuffield Street Café, Bar and Bistro
  • Michaela Longstaff – Mikko Shoes
  • Niran Iswar – NexGen
  • Toni Cox – Beauty Bliss

 ‘Best use of Social Media’ sponsored by ellen&company

  • Burger Burger
  • Kathryn Wilson Footwear
  • Superette

 ‘Most Sustainable Business of the Year’ sponsored by Chow:Hill Architects

  • LUSH Cosmetics
  • SIP Kitchen
  • Trenery
  • Wise Cicada



 About the Newmarket Business Association

The Newmarket Business Association was incorporated in 1937. It is one of the largest business associations of its type in New Zealand. The association delivers strategies to promote the precinct and advocates on behalf of all the business sectors within the defined boundary.


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