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End of one year and onto another!

As one year ends we take this chance to reflect on all the amazing opportunities that gave 2020 some of its high points. It might've been a tough year but below are some of the reasons we are looking forward to the New Year!

Work Ready Kāpiti #EmployerMeets
Over the course of August and September the Kāpiti Coast was host to the much anticipated #EmployerMeet Events. The #EmployerMeets saw local students meet with Kāpiti based employers from a range of businesses to partake in short interviews. These interviews were set up in a speed dating format designed to ultimately help the student to build vital interview experience, create meaningful connections and establish potential employment opportunities with the attending businesses. As nerve-racking as it is these meets are invaluable for the students, acting as a stepping stone towards employability and we are blessed to be a part of them and to witness the awesome impact these have on youth.

Work Ready Kāpiti Annual Awards

Held at the start of November, the Work Ready Kāpiti Annual Awards celebrated the achievements of local youth, colleges and employers involved in the programme. 

The winners were as follows

Best College Participation - Sponsored by Placemakers, Kāpiti 

Winner: Paraparaumu College

Best Employer Participation - Sponsored by Web Genius

Winner: Bens Buns

Most Committed Work Ready Kāpiti Employer of Youth - Sponsored by Bryan Gundersen 

Winner: Pzazz Building

Best Kāpiti Work Ready Passport - Sponsored by Kiwibank

Winner: Damien Doyle

Most Innovative Kāpiti Youth Job Seeker - Sponsored by Pzazz Building

Winners: Nick Fleming & Jack Jordan

Peoples Choice - Kāpiti’s Best Youth Employer - Sponsored by Leith Consulting

Winner:  The Remedy

For a more in depth look at this event and all the winners take a look at Work Ready Kāpiti's website:

Work Ready Kāpiti’s Annual Award Winners 2020

Electra Business & Innovation Awards

The Electra Business & Innovation Awards is another celebration of the local Kāpiti Coast community. Just as the Work Ready Kāpiti Awards offered the opportunity for the community to network so did the Electra Business & Innovation Awards, which after COVID-19 proved is an invaluable asset. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate success after what had been such a challenging year and we loved playing a part in ensuring that these awesome businesses received the recognition they so deserved. 

2020's finalists and winners were...

Construction and Trades

Finalists: Cordall and Steel-It Framing LTD

Winner: Steel-It Framing LTD

Food Production and Processing

Winner: The Baked Dane

Hospitality, Entertainment and Tourism

Finalists: Relish Cafe, Sheperdess, 50-50

Winner: Sheperdess

Not for Profit, Community and Public Services 

Finalists: Fun Zone, Horowhenua and Waiopehu College, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom and Work Ready Kāpiti

Winner: Horowhenua and Waiopehu College


Finalists: Foxton New World, Framed Alive, My Ride Levin, Waikanae Beach Four Square

Winner: Foxton New World

Professional and Business Services, or Technology

Finalists: Beachside Dental Surgery, Ecoshifter, Captured by Friday Photography

Winner: Beachside Dental Surgery


Finalists: My Ride Levin, Sheperdess, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, The Baked Dane, Work Ready Kāpiti

Winner: The Baked Dane

Small Business

Finalists: CordallSteel-It Framing LTDWaikanae Beach Four Square

Winner: Waikanae Beach Four Square

Innovation During Covid-19 

Finalists: Beachside Dental Surgery, My Ride Levin, The Baked Dane, Waikanae Beach Four Square

Winner: My Ride Levin

Electra Business of the Year 2020

Winner: Foxton New World

A huge congratulations to all the finalists and winners for this year's Electra Business and Innovation Awards.

The Hall of Fame Laureates for 2020 were as follows. 

Horowhenua: John Clarke and Stuart Pescini

Kāpiti: Kura Marie Teria Taylor

As always the event couldn't have been as successful as it was without the support of the sponsors, local community and the businesses themselves.

For more information on the Electra Business & Innovation Awards and the winners have a look at the link below.

The Electra Business & Innovation Awards

Iconic Construction Brand Relaunch

2020 saw Iconic Construction reach the milestone of 10 years in business and they decided to celebrate by having a brand relaunch party! Having an amazing team to work alongside, PomPom assisted in pulling off an awesome evening of celebrations. Their team morale and pride in their work is second to none! If you are in the Waikato and in need of building and constructions services look them up!

Iconic Construction Ltd

TECT Community Awards

This year we were fortunate to be involved in the planning for the TECT Community Awards which unfortunately was taken online due to COVID. The team at TECT ended up creating a series of videos to share the presentations of all winners, which was an awesome plan and the veidoe series created a great buzz online. We have the absolute honour to be involved again for 2021 and this time we are hopeful we will also be able to assist delivering the physical event. So keep an eye out for our updates!


Another event Pom Pom was involved in was TEDxTauranga which saw Natalie volunteer to manage the marketing for the event. The event sold out with close to 700 people buying tickets. 

It was a day of engaging speakers sharing ideas worth spreading, delicious food by The Honest Platter and a gathering of like-minded individuals open to new ways of thinking and positive change for the communities we live in.

Thank You!

This year had its ups and downs but we are honoured to have experienced and been a part of some amazing projects. 2021 is definitely looking up and we're so excited to see where this year takes us! Keep an eye out for some exciting new projects that will be coming out soon!

Again thank you to all our supporters and heres to 2021!

Student at #EmployerMeets 2020
Student at #EmployerMeets 2020


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