The winners of 2degrees’ second Shop Local competition have been announced, with five businesses across the Auckland, Bay of Plenty and the Waikato awarded a $20,000 marketing package each to boost their business!
So, without further ado, our 2020 Shop Local winners are:
Waikato, Whiti Farm Park:
Whiti Farm Park is a fun family day out featuring a petting zoo, maze, BBQ and other activities, all at an affordable price. A lack of visitors during lockdown was bookended by the worst drought in the area in 100 years, and a severe flood, meaning the prize couldn't have come at a better time for owners Stephen and Ronnie. Our judges said it’s more important than ever that families and communities have reasonably priced local experiences that they can enjoy, making Whiti Farm Park deserving winners of our prize.
Bay of Plenty, Phreaze Factory
Phreaze is a hip-hop artist and social worker who has taken her passion for helping youth into business. The Factory allows fellow independent artists and budding creatives access to the sorts of services she learned she needed in her career including custom merchandise, printing and event management services. With the launch of a new venture on the way, the money to market the business could be a game changer. Our judges were impressed with Phreaze’s commitment to helping others and our rangitahi.
Auckland, One More Rep Fitness
Josie and Isaac's gym started with fitness classes in a park. The pair were determined to grow the business by building a gym in their backyard, but just before opening, a fire ripped through the new structure, delaying their plans. They had just got the gym built for a second time when lockdown hit. The team hope the prize will help them promote their business to the South Auckland communities they aim to serve. Our judges were impressed by the pairs ability to overcome adversity and focus on health and wellbeing.
Auckland, Red Shoots
Red Shoots produce alcohol-free mixers and tonics using superfood ingredients that support local grower groups in Fiji. Owners Rhona and James only launched their products this year, as the country was thrown into the Covid-19 pandemic. With stiff competition from overseas products, they are excited to use the prize money to share their story with New Zealand. The judges were impressed by Red Shoots’ commitment to disrupt the industry and develop truly innovative products, all while supporting Fijian growers.
People's Choice Winner (Waikato), Who's Ya Barber:
Who’s Ya Barber offer haircuts for all and specialise in first ever haircuts, and haircuts for children and adults with special needs. The team make sure their clients feel special, knowing their name on arrival, and often offering a kind ear when they need it. Who’s Ya Barber was our People’s Choice Winner which and received the most votes in the poll, hosted on Stuff.co.nz.
Our local businesses are vital to the recovery of the country's economy and we know a lot of them have been hit hard by Covid-19, making Shop Local more necessary than ever. We've loved seeing the stories of the 675 businesses that entered and can't wait to work with our 5 winners to help them make their dreams come true!