Antipodes Named 2018 Wellington Exporter of the Year

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Antipodes® was honoured to be awarded the top prize at this year's ExportNZ ASB Wellington Export Awards. 

As well as the award for Wellington Exporter of the Year, the scientifically validated organic beauty brand also took home the Cottrell Law Excellence in Innovation award.

The awards were announced on May 24 at a gala dinner at the InterContinental Hotel. 

Antipodes’ CEO Elizabeth Barbalich said the company was absolutely thrilled to have won the top award. "Winning this award is really important to Antipodes. A lot of hard work goes into what we do and we are excited to be part of the event and to get the recognition.

"We have been humbled by the experience and it’s great to showcase that it’s achievable to take Wellington to the world."

John Milford, Chief Executive of Wellington Chamber of Commerce and ExportNZ Wellington, said Antipodes’ win was well-deserved.

"It's great to see a Wellington-based family-owned company who has invested heavily in innovation take the New Zealand brand to the world and do us proud."

Entrants had to be based in the Wellington region, which includes Horowhenua, Manawatu, Tararua, and Wairarapa down to Wellington.

Other winners on the night were recycling station manufacturer Method (Wellington Airport Best Emerging Business), games publishers PikPok (CentrePort Best Medium/Large Business) and Sell Global, a company helping businesses sell their products via Amazon (WREDA Services to Export). Whittaker’s Chocolate won the Victoria University Business School Judges’ Choice award.

Winners of the Best Emerging Business, Best Medium/Large Business and Excellence in Innovation Awards become automatic finalists in New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s International Business Awards. These take place on November 8 at SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland.