Two Rotorua businesses are finalists in the 2019 New Zealand Insurance Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Lux Organics and Rotorua Canopy Tours are both up for awards.

Ngongotahā's Lux Organics is up for the 'Transforming Food' award while Rotorua Canopy Tours is contending for the 'Restoring Nature' award.

CEO of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) Rachel Brown said the record numbers were a sign of growing business confidence in sustainability, according to a written statement.


"Public awareness is at an all-time high and businesses know there is real value in working on sustainability," she said.

New Zealand Insurance executive general manager Garry Taylor said they served an increasingly important purpose.

"Almost everyone knows that we can't continue with the business models of old, yet for many, the first step can be the most daunting. And that's where SBN and the Awards can help, providing role models across a range of industry sectors that have reduced their impact,' he said.

The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on November 28 at Shed 10 on Auckland's waterfront.

Finalists - 2019 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards

Sustainability Superstar Award - Sponsored by Enviro-Mark Solutions

Victoria Carter – Founder, Cityhop
Andrew Fisher – Managing Director, EcoStock Supplies
Jacqui Forbes - Kaihautū Matua, Para Kore Marae Incorporated
Dr David Ivory – Director of Social Enterprise, St John's College, Hastings
Roseline Klein – Head of Water Value, Watercare
Janice Lee – Founder, Koha Kai
Mike Sammons – Programme Sustainability Manager, Foodstuffs NZ
Janette Searle – Managing Trustee, Take My Hands
Marty Taylor – Founder & Chief Sustainability Officer, Papa Taiao Earthcare
Joe Youseff – National Director, All Heart NZ Charitable Trust

Communicating for Change Award - Sponsored by Cadence Communications


BLAKE & New Zealand Geographic
Chia Sisters
Tauranga City Council
The Rubbish Trip
Tread Lightly Charitable Trust
Splore Festival
Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Hardwired for Social Good Award - Sponsored by Alsco

All Heart NZ Charitable Trust
Koha Kai
Little Yellow Bird
Natural Paint Co
Thankyou Payroll

Partnering for Good Award - Sponsored by Ministry for Primary Industries

All Heart NZ Charitable Trust
Auckland Council, TROW Group and Green Way Demolition
BNZ and The Salvation Army
Business Working to End Family Violence (ANZ, Countdown, Ernst & Young, Fonterra, NZ Human Rights Commission, Ricoh, Vodafone, The Warehouse)
Dung Beetle Innovations
Tauranga City Council
Tomorrow Inc

Going Circular Award - Sponsored by Auckland Council


AgriSea NZ
EcoStock Supplies
For The Better Good
Junk Run
Little & Brave Eco Nappies
Stone Arrow Jewellery
The Formary

Efficiency Champion Award - Sponsored by Ricoh

Foodstuffs New Zealand
Iplex Pipelines NZ
National Steel
Soar Print
Sudima Hotels

Smarter Transport Award - Sponsored by NZ Transport Agency

Blue Cars
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
ORIX New Zealand
Meridian Energy
Tourism Holdings
Yoogo Share

Revolutionising Energy Award - Sponsored by EECA


Auckland District Health Board
AUT University
Brightwater site, Fonterra
Camp Glenorchy
TCS New Zealand
TransNet & Reid Technology

Transforming Food Award - Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines

AUT University
Berkano Foods
Bread & Butter Bakery & Café
Breadcraft (Wai)
Chia Sisters
EcoStock Supplies
Lux Organics
Peru Café
Wholly Cow
Wise Boys

Restoring Nature Award - Sponsored by Department of Conservation

AgriSea NZ
Ecolibrium Biologicals
Duffle and Co
Dung Beetle Innovations
HealthPost Limited
Rotorua Canopy Tours
Sup Bro Paddle Boarding NZ
Te Whangai Trust

Millennial on a Mission Award - Sponsored by The Spinoff


Jack Brown – Sales & Product Manager, Super Trash (We Compost)
Rosetta Brown – Head of Sustainability, Rangi Ruru Girls' School
Grace Glass – Co-founder, Natural Paint Co
Maggie Hewitt – Founder/Designer, Maggie Marilyn
Oliver Hunt – Founder, Medsalv
Fraser McConnell – Co-Founder, Squawk Squad
Lucas Smith – Founder & CEO, Woolaid
Sophia White – Carbon & Sustainability Advisor, Enviro-Mark Solutions