Central Region 2008
Finalist Fact Sheet
Business : Paraoa Bakehouse Ltd., www.purebread.co.nz
Director : Robert W Glensor, Managing Director
In business : 12 years, Paraparaumu (Kapiti)
Focus : Production of Organic, and Gluten-Free, and Wheat-free Products
Finalist : The Sustainable Business Network Awards Trailblazer SME Category
Paraoa Bakehouse, makers of “Pure Bread,” makes a range of breads including gluten-free and wheat-free goods which are sold throughout the New Zealand. The bread ingredients are sourced from grain and other food sources grown from sustainable organic farming practices baked with traditional baking methods. Paraoa Bakehouse produces up to 5000 loaves of bread per week, along with other products. The business has a large commitment to waste minimisation with weekly rubbish to landfill being only that of a netball! Paraoa Bakehouse is constantly reviewing packaging around breads and is looking to source energy from renewable sources.
About the awards:
The Sustainable Business Network Awards in the Central region are now in their third year. Past winners include Dulux New Zealand (Large Trailblazer and Sustainable Business of the Year, 2007), Squiz (SME Trailblazer, 2007) Contact Energy (Large Emerging, 2007), Starfish (SME Emerging, 2007), YHA Wellington City (Not for Profit, 2007), and 3R Group Ltd (Design and Innovation, 2007).
Principal sponsor of the Get Sustainable Challenge and Awards is Greater Wellington Regional Council. Additional sponsors include Hutt City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council and Wellington City Council. Supporter sponsors of the 2008 Sustainable Business Network Awards are Commonsense Organics and Seresin Winemakers.
All entrants must have undertaken the Get Sustainable Challenge, an assessment which assists the organisation to identify what it needs to do to become sustainable. Central Regional winners will be announced at the Awards which will take place on 11 September 2008 at the InterContinental Hotel, Wellington City. They will then go through to the National awards in October in Auckland.
Greater Wellington, principal sponsor of the Central Regional Get Sustainable Challenge, wishes to congratulate all the finalists for their commitment to become more sustainable.
“We’re pleased to support the Get Sustainable Challenge which contributes towards the Council’s long term goal of developing a sustainable region,” Greater Wellington Environmental Education manager Geoff Skene says.
Sustainable Business Network
The Sustainable Business Network (Central Region) has been delighted with the number of both new and existing members entering the Get Sustainable Awards in 2008.
“We’re excited to see the number of entries to the Awards increase by almost 100% in 2008. The calibre of entrants is extremely high and it’s heartening to see the dedication to environmentally and socially responsible activities within these businesses,” Sustainable Business Network Central Regional Manager Kirsten Gendall says.
About the SBN
The Sustainable Business Network is a nationwide membership organisation of 700+ members, established in 2002 as a merger of the Environmental Business Network and Businesses for Social Responsibility.