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Agrodome Named 2012 Rotorua Business of the Year

The Agrodome was named the overall Rotorua Business of the Year at the Westpac Business Excellence Awards last night.

In front of about 550 guests at the Energy Events Centre, the tourism operator scooped two awards, including the big one.

The glittering event, in its 21st year, was opened by Chamber of Commerce chief executive Roger Gordon, who said although it had been a challenging year for many Rotorua businesses he had been impressed by the level of optimism.

"We are here tonight to celebrate business and toast our achievements."

In one of the last awards of the evening, the Agrodome won The Daily Post Rotorua Visitor Guide Hospitality & Attractions Business Award. Shortly after they were back on stage collecting the Business of the Year trophy.

Most famous for its sheep show, the Agrodome has won numerous tourism awards since it started in 1971, while director Warren Harford was the Rotorua Business Person of the Year in 2010. However, this was its first Rotorua business award.

Chief executive Grant Kilby this week told The Daily Post getting to the final had been a cause for celebration in itself.

He said the process had helped his team gel further, with all 50 staff having had input into what was presented at last month's judging weekend. Whatever they said, it clearly worked.

The Phil Verry Memorial Trophy for the Red Stag Business Person of the Year went to BDO Rotorua managing partner Judith Stanway, who was recently honoured with a Rotorua Community Leadership award.