Award for Ealing farmer

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Award winner Rebecca Miller, with husband Brent on farm. Photo Natwick Studios.


Mid Canterbury businesswoman Rebecca Miller and Mt Hutt Ski Area have won their respective category awards at the Westpac Champion Business Awards.

Mrs Miller, of MilkIQ, won the Emerging Business Leader award and Mt Hutt Ski Area the Christchurch Casino Champion Customer Experience – Medium/Large Enterprise award.

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) chief executive Leeann Watson said the winners covered a diverse range of industries, business sizes, focus, and various stages of growth.

Due to covid restrictions the awards were presented to each winner separately, in lieu of an award ceremony.

‘‘The judges were very impressed with Rebecca for her work and involvement in the primary and connected industry and leading her high-performing teams with her trademarked Farmily- – our farming family – philosophy,” Ms Watson said.

Mrs Miller, who farms at Ealing and is chairperson of the Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury Sharemilkers’ Section, was up against two other finalists for the award; Matty Lovell, of Electrify and Anytime Fitness and Renee Walker, of Alliance Group and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Mt Hutt Ski Area was up against Catalyst Performance Agronomy and Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

The supreme awards were won by space transportation company, Dawn Aerospace, and pantry to the charity sector, Foodbank Canterbury.

There were 13 organisation category winners, including Aviva Charitable Trust, GCH Aviation, Riverside Market, Seequent, Spritely Ltd, Tuatara Structures and Wyma Solutions.