It was a clean sweep for us at the New Zealand Marina Operators Association (NZMOA) awards night. Held at Wither Hills Estate in Blenheim on Wednesday 7 September, around 120 people attended the night of all nights to recognise New Zealand’s marina industry.
Entered in three award categories, it was a momentous achievement to come away as the winner of each. Westhaven Marina was named the 2022 NZMOA Marina of the Year, winner of the NZMOA Best Environmental Performer award, and the winner of the Outstanding Initiative category for the launch of its digital parking management system.
We also received NZMOA Clean Marina recertification, which recognises the team’s efforts to minimise the impact the marina has on the environment.
Five independent judges joined a team of industry experts to judge the programme, including marine journalists and business and industry leaders. Entering the awards involved written submissions for each category and a video presentation to judges.
The NZMOA judges said,
“Westhaven Marina, this was your year. Your team has emerged from a series of major public projects and developments, and worked in a difficult environment, to show that you are the best in New Zealand. The operational team working in the marina has been able to navigate a huge amount of complexity and disruption to achieve a superb level of customer satisfaction and to secure Gold Anchor accreditation, which you have worked towards patiently for a long period of time, and also continuing to claim Clean Marina status.”