Business Excellence Awards Public sector and SMEs show the way

The public sector and small en-terprise were to the fore in the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation awards again this year.
In the past two or three years the public sector has shown the private sector it is not afraid to stand up and be counted and to adopt world-class management standards.
The Auckland Regional Council and Morrinsville-based Degussa Peroxide are this year’s big award winners both picking up Achievement (Silver Level) Awards, just one step away from the highest Excellence Award (Gold Level). Both have moved up from lower level awards won previously.
Degussa is small to medium enterprise (SME) employing only 28 staff. Its committed involvement in the awards process shows that organisations do not need to be large to take part in the Business Excellence Foundation programme.
ARC picked up Commendation (Bronze Level) Awards in 2001 and 2002. Degussa was awarded Progress Award in 2001 and this year jumped the Bronze to Silver Level. Only three other New Zealand organisations have achieved Silver in the past – including Trade New Zealand last year, before it was merged with Industry New Zealand to become New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.
Only two New Zealand organisations have ever reached the Excellence Award (Gold Level) – Toyota Thames in 1993 and Telecom’s Yellow Pages Directories in 1995.
Whangarei District Council, first time applicant in the awards process, the Royal New Zealand Navy (winner of Commendation Award in 2001) and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters all picked up Commendation (Bronze) Awards this year. While the Navy won the same Award in 2001 it has significantly increased its points score this year.
Hutt City Council and The Interisland Line both were awarded Progress Awards after entering the pro-cess for the first time this year.
“The eight organisations that entered the Business Excellence Awards programme this year is more than we have ever had before,” said Business Excellence Foundation CEO Mike Watson. “Last year six business organisations applied and we were happy with that. It seems more and more enterprises understand that if they want to compete in global market or keep up with customers’ demands then they have to turn their organisations into centres of excellence,” he said.

2003 New Zealand Business Excellence Award Winners
Business Excellence Achievement Award – Silver Level
Auckland Regional Council – Achievement (Silver) – won Commendation past two years but last year with good points increase over previous year. Have made good progress each year.
Degussa Peroxide – Achievement (Silver) – won Progress Award in 2001.
Business Excellence Commendation Award – Bronze Level
Whangarei District Council – Commendation (Bronze) – 1st time applicant.
Royal NZ Navy – Commendation (Bronze) – won commendation in 2001 but has good points increase this year over 2001.
NZ Aluminium Smelters – Commendation (Bronze) – 1st time applicant.
Business Excellence Progress Award – Recognition of Progress
Hutt City Council – Progress Award – 1st time applicant.
The Interisland Line – Progress Award – 1st time applicant.
On the Journey
Franklin District Council – no award but on the journey – 1st time applicant.

For more information contact: Mike Watson at New
Zealand Business Excellence Foundation. 0-9-270 5165, email:[email protected] or website:
www.nzbef.org.nz

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