27 September 2022

Southland Companies & Individuals recognised at DHL Export Southland Awards

The DHL Export Southland Recognition Awards were held tonight, Friday 22 September at the Ascot Park Hotel.   The Export Southland Trust hosted a record number of over 270 export businesses and their supporters at the prestigious awards dinner.

Export Southland Chairman Gareth Lyness said “The awards are a fantastic night to recognise significant export contribution from Southland and encourage new and potential exporters which aligns with the theme – Taking Southland to the World.”

It’s been a tough couple of years for business, including our exporters and it’s great to be able to celebrate the sector that contributes so much to the GDP of the region.  My congratulations to all recipients of awards.  Also to the two recipients of cash grants from the Export Southland Trust and those receiving mentorships with DHL & Mataura Valley Milk, good luck as you move onto the international stage.

The highlight of the evening was the awarding the Organisation Recognition Award to Stabicraft Marine for their contribution to the Southland economy and the Individual Recognition Award to David McAllister from 360 Logistics, for his unwavering support of exporters through such a difficult period.”

The DHL Export Southland Recognition Award winners are:

AIR NZ Cargo Service to Export Individual Recognition Award

Finalists; Bruce Shields – Ocean Shell Ltd, David McAllister – 360 Logistics, Kim & John Drain – Southern Stone & Timber.

WINNER: David McAllister

Mataura Valley Milk Organisation Recognition Award

Finalists; Riverton Fishermens Company, Space Operations NZ, Stabicraft Marine

WINNER: Stabicraft Marine

NZAS Innovation in Export Recognition Award

Finalists; Ocean Shell Ltd, Space Operations NZ, Stabicraft Marine .

WINNER: Space Operations NZ

Recipients of the 2022 Export Southland Trust Grant are:

  • Blueberry Country
  • Garston Hops

The purpose of the Trust Grant is to assist Southland businesses involved in export to aspire towards a sustainable environment, which supports the employment of a skilled workforce through the involved of training, promotion, and education up-skilling, as well as research and development.

At their discretion, the Trust Committee offers a grant/s to the applicant/s who demonstrate that their exporting activity will enhance skills, employment, and development in the Southland region within the export sector.

Recipients of the 2022 DHL & Mataura Valley Milk Mentorships are:

  • Miele Apiaries
  • Crunchy
  • Image Boats
  • Robbies Pickles & Preserves

Recipient of the 2022 Graham Dick Memorial Trophy:

  • Tony Laker (posthumously)


The Export Southland Recognition Awards are a biennial event alternating with the Southland Business Excellence Awards and have become a prestigious and popular event.

They are facilitated by the Southland Business Chamber on behalf of the Export Southland Trust.

The four main purposes of Export Southland are:

  • Represent exporters’ views on policy issues
  • Promote networking, education and social events
  • Recognise significant business and individual contributions to the export sector
  • Assist start-up export orientated businesses

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