Asians in the Bay Awards 2021 Karla Lee

On Monday 9th August, Multicultural Association Hawke’s Bay presented the Asians in the Bay Awards for 2021. The awards recognise the contribution of Asian businesses and individuals to the economic and cultural diversity of Hawke’s Bay.

Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce CEO, Karla Lee, was one of a handful of respected community members invited to form a panel of independent judges. Karla was joined by Councillor Malcolm Dixon, Councillor Greg Mawson, Lawrence Yule and Leanne Collins.

Held at Toi Toi Arts and Events Centre the awards were a rich celebration of culture, community, and hard work. Entertainment was provided with lively dance pieces including Napier Filipino Cultural Dance Group and Thai Community Dance Group.

Karla visited and interviewed nominees for the Best Asian Business category, judging a variety of factors in how the nominee contributes to the vitality of cultural representation in Hawke’s Bay. Businesses were evaluated on the nature and vision of the business, how a business aids in the socio-economic development of Hawke’s Bay, success of the business, sustainability, marketing, and type of upskilling offered to employees.

Karla spoke highly of Best Asian Business award winner, Spice King Wholesale Ltd, saying they are a “great example of how to move in and out of specific business areas”. Karla was very impressed with the way Spice King listen to customers and provide their services “in the right way, at the right time”.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners of the Asians in the Bay Awards for 2021, your hard work and dedication to your community is astounding.

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