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Genera Wins Innovation Award

Genera Wins Innovation Award

L-R Lisa Williams, Rodney Greenwood, Brendan McDunphy, Robbie Ramlose, Mark Self, Gavin Smales, Matt Hill, Kevin Brightmore)

Genera is proud to have won the Page Macrae Engineering Excellence in Innovation Award at the 2018 Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards. Genera were also finalist in two other categories: the Sharp Tudhope Lawyers Best Medium to Large Business Award, and the Beca Export Achievement

Award where GM of Genera Australia, Robbie Ramlose was one of only three finalists in the running for this award.

CEO Mark Self says it’s Genera’s dedicated team of people – from environmental monitoring and fumigant recapture technicians, to research scientists and management – who are to thank for the company’s achievements.  “We started out as a small family-owned operation in Mount Maunganui, and that was 46 years ago now. Over the years, we have come to be recognised as a leader in the fields of biosecurity, bulk produce fumigation, and the development of world-leading recapture

technology for fumigant gases,” says Mark. “We’re really proud of the growth we’ve been able to sustain over that time, and to be at the point we are today; a thriving, growing business with an international reputation for our innovative work. A lot of that is down to the fantastic and dedicated team of people we have at Genera.

Genera Founder Honoured

Genera Founder Honoured

Genera Founder Mark Greenwood was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Merit as part of the Queen’s Birthday honours list in 2016.

ACC Employer Award 2017 Winner

ACC Employer Award 2017 Winner

Genera were the winners of the 2017 ACC Employer Award at the national awards ceremony held in Auckland.

Genera was also recognised for their on-going inclusion of workers with disabilities, after securing a place in the top three. 

Gavin Smales, Genera’s operations manager for the Napier Port Branch, said the award was great to receive, hiring good staff that were willing to learn and turn up and do the job simply made good business sense.

Genera employs five people with disabilities and works with Workbridge Hawke’s Bay to look for great candidates. Smales said he recommended the approach to other businesses.

“We don’t change anything – we can’t afford to. But we can put people where we can use their strengths,” Mr Smales said.

Lynne Gibson, team leader of the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast branch of Workbridge, who nominated the company, said they couldn’t be happier.

“Gavin Smales is an excellent employer who takes people on their ability rather than their disability.”

Dan Buckingham, chairman of the Attitude Trust, said the Awards were about celebrating outstanding New Zealand achievements, as well as shining a spotlight on disability.

“We celebrated success and achievement across areas such as art, sport and the big one for us; employment and entrepreneurship. There were some spectacular moments on stage, with some very humble Kiwis getting the recognition they deserve.”

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