Nominations for this year’s bi-yearly Katikati and Waihī Beach Community Business Awards are open! Don’t miss the chance to celebrate local excellence—make your nominations online now at

The awards are a collaboration between Katch Katikati and Waihī Beach Events and Promotions. It’s an opportunity for the public to salute community gems and acknowledge local businesses that excel.

With 13 awards up for grabs, this year’s award categories are:

People’s Choice Awards:

– Local Employer of the Year
– Emerging Business Star of the Year
– Cultural Ambassador of the Year
– Trade’s Business of the Year
– Professional Service Business of the Year
– Retail Excellence Award
– Excellence in Innovation Award
– Hospitality Excellence Award
– Sportsmanship Award
– Tourism Provider of the Year

Judged Awards:

– Community Champion of the Year
– Business Excellence Award
– Local of the Year

Nominations close on July 5, voting starts on July 22, and the awards night will be hosted by Waihī Beach’s Secret Garden in October.

Waihī Beach Events and Promotions events manager Matt Nicholson says that considering the economic climate, it’s nice for local businesses to have something to celebrate.

“The Secret Garden is also a great place to have the awards,” he says.