Take one veteran sports journalist, a sphagnum moss distributor, and a glittering event featuring ball gowns and tuxedos, and where would you be? The West Coast – where else!

They were just some of the components that added up to another exceptional evening at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards held on October 26 at Shantytown.

The sold-out event, with 217 attendees, celebrated a host of exceptional West Coast businesses which ranged from a hardware store to eco-tourism ventures, a desktop CNC manufacturer to contracting businesses.

The guest speaker of the evening, internationally renowned thought-leader, Graham Dockrill inspired the audience, while TVNZ’s Peter Williams kept everyone entertained as the MC.

This year’s Supreme Winner was Hokitika’s Coastpak Besgrow, a 30-year-old family-owned company which manages, harvests and processes sphagnum moss from West Coast swampland, before selling its product to customers across New Zealand and around the world.

Joining Coastpak Besgrow on the winner’s podium over the course of the evening was Martin and Co Mitre 10, AgFest West Coast, Tourism West Coast, the West Coast Wildlife Centre, MBD Contracting, New World Hokitika, and West Coast Scenic Waterways.

Development West Coast chief executive Chris Mackenzie congratulated all of the winners, saying the calibre of all entrants was as high as ever. “The evening would not have been as enjoyable and successful without the support of the sponsors who have supported the awards for many years and the judges who had the difficult task of reviewing the entries”.

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