Rotorua's Te Puia has won the supreme title at the inaugural Bay of Plenty Property People Awards.

Winners of the Property Council's first ever Property People Awards in the Bay of Plenty were announced at a vibrant event at Mills Reef Winery in Tauranga last night.

The awards, which recognised seven category winners, celebrated the unique individuals who have shown excellence, leadership, and innovation in the Bay of Plenty property industry.

The Property Council Bay of Plenty Bank of New Zealand Supreme Excellence Award went to Te Puia.

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The judges saw Te Puia as an exemplary example of community and property coming together to create a shining beacon for the people of Rotorua.

Property Council Bay of Plenty Branch President Brooke Courtney said the awards evoked an outpouring of interest throughout the region.

"Tonight's award winners have demonstrated excellence in shaping, supporting and invigorating growth and property development in the Bay of Plenty, we are very proud to honour them formally" she said.

The first award announced was the Harrison Grierson Young Achiever Award which celebrates an under 35-year-old who has, at an early stage of their career, achieved outstanding performance in property.

The winner was Kevin Weller, who was recognised not only for his commitment to his profession as a senior fire engineer, but also to his local community as a volunteer firefighter.

The Judges' Choice Award went to the Access to Water project.

The Hawkins Long Service Award was a special honour for someone who has been in the property industry for more than 20 years, and demonstrated exceptional skills, dedication, commitment and leadership, inspiring to those within the industry.

The winner of this honour went to Paul Adams who many years ago, founded one of The Bay of Plenty's biggest players in the kiwifruit industry, Bay Horticultural Services.

2018 Winners:

Harrison Grierson Young Achiever of the Year Award: Winner: Kevin Weller

Sharp Tudhope lawyers Urban Design and Architectural Merit Award: Winner: Te Puia

Greenstone Group Best Team Award: Winner: Tauranga Crossing Retail Development Team

Carrus Outstanding Leadership Award: Winner: Christine Ralph from Beca

Hawkins Long Service Award: Winner Paul Adams

Judges Choice Award Winner: the "Access to Water" project by Tauranga City Council, LandLab and HEB

Property Council Bay of Plenty, Bank of New Zealand Supreme Excellence Award: Te Puia