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2020 Hardware Awards - all the winners, photos and highlights video!

On the night of  Wednesday 4 November 2020, some 350+ guests joined us to celebrate the 2020 Hardware Awards at Cordis Auckland.

The MC was Scotty Stevenson who kept the crowd in check and moved proceedings along with aplomb and finesse.

Behind the scenes and helping us sort the great from the merely very good indeed has been our 2020 judging panel (find them here) so a big vote of thanks goes out to them and the team behind both NZ Hardware Journal and the Hardware Awards!

Our thanks to our loyal sponsors and supporters for their faith that the 2020 Hardware Awards program could and should proceed almost as normal in these difficult times.

Thanks too to all the 2020 entrants and to those who put forward nominations, not to mention the retailers and merchants who helped us decide the 2020 Suppliers of the Year.

Read on to find out who took out the 2020 Hardware Awards, watch our highlights video above and check out all the best photos here!


Retailer of the Year

Open to hardware and builders’ supply merchants.

This award recognises a truly outstanding retailer – builders’ merchant (aged 33 years or over as at August 7, 2020) who has shown initiative and enterprise in leading their  team. Entrants will be owners, managers or JV partners of a hardware store or builders’ supply merchant.

In addition to our 2020 Hardware Awards travel prizes, this year's Retailer of the Year will also be rewarded with a place at Massey University’s acclaimed (and now online) two-day Strategic Transformation in Retailing executive-education programme.

The 2020 Retailer of the Year Finalists were:

And the winner is: Clifford Buchler, Mitre 10 MEGAs Te Rapa & Ruakura!


Young Retailer of the Year

Open to hardware and builders’ supply merchants.

This award recognises a young retailer or builders’ merchant (aged 32 years or under as at August 7, 2020) who has achieved a high standard in their retailing career. Entrants will ideally be department managers, store managers or shareholders of a hardware retailer or builders’ supply merchants.

In addition to our 2020 Hardware Awards travel prizes, all of the Young Retailer Semi-Finalists and Finalists, as well as this year's Young Retailer of the Year, will be rewarded with a place on Massey University’s acclaimed (and now online) two-day Strategic Transformation in Retailing executive-education programme.

The 2020 Young Retailer of the Year Finalists were:

And the winner is: Anton Hawkey, Mitre 10 MEGA Papanui!


Trade Account Manager of the Year

Open to account managers at builders’ supply merchants.

This award recognises an account manager active in the building supplies sector who has consistently displayed a high standard of sales professionalism and has a proven record in account management. Entrants will be account representatives or account managers who sell hardware and building supply products by calling on builders and building companies during a regular call cycle. This is a nationwide award with no age restriction.

The 2020 Trade Account Manager of the Year Finalists were:

And the winner is: Anson Tan, PlaceMakers Mt Wellington!


Supplier Account Manager of the Year

Open to supplier account managers.

This award recognises an account manager active in the sector who has consistently displayed a high standard of sales professionalism and has a proven record in account management. Entrants will be account representatives or account managers who sell hardware or building supply products by calling on retail and merchant stores during a regular call cycle. This is a nationwide award with no age restriction.

The 2020 Supplier Account Manager of the Year Finalists were:

And the winner is: Nick Thorburn, Sika NZ!


Retail Store of the Year

Open to hardware and builders’ supply merchants.

For 2020, this category is not being split by size. Retail stores of all sizes will be judged for the quality of their service. Nomination of suitable candidates for these awards will be by industry retail groups. No entry forms are required for this category. Entrants for each category must have been trading for a minimum of one year as at 10 June, 2020.

The 2020 Finalists were:

  • Mitre 10 MEGA Nelson
  • Mitre 10 MEGA Papanui
  • Mitre 10 MEGA Petone
  • PlaceMakers Waiheke

2020’s Retail Store of the Year is: Mitre 10 MEGA Papanui!


Trade Store of the Year

Open to hardware, builders supply trade stores which service the trade sector.

For 2020, this category is not being split by size. Trade stores of all sizes will be judged for the quality of their service. Nomination of suitable candidates for these awards will be by industry retail groups. No entry forms are required for this category. Entrants for each category must have been trading for a minimum of one year as at 10 June, 2020.

The 2020 Finalists were:

  • Dayle ITM East Tamaki
  • Mitre 10 MEGA Petone
  • PlaceMakers Mt Wellington
  • Southern Lakes ITM

The 2020 Trade Store of the Year is: PlaceMakers Mt Wellington!


Supplier of the Year

Open to hardware and building merchant suppliers.

This award recognises outstanding suppliers of products to the hardware, builders’ supply and home decor retail sectors. Judges will be looking for suppliers that demonstrate effectiveness in key operational areas.

The 2020 Winners and Finalists were:

Building Supplies Supplier of the Year - Winstone Wallboards

The Finalists were:

  • BBI Wood Products
  • CSR Bradford Insulation
  • Thermakraft
  • Winstone Wallboards

Garden Supplier of the Year - Kiwicare

The Finalists were:

  • Kiwicare
  • Tui Products
  • Yates New Zealand

Hand & Power Tools  Supplier of the Year - Makita NZ

The Finalists were:

  • Accent Tools / Hikoki
  • Makita New Zealand
  • MK Archibald
  • Toolware Sales

Hardware Supplier of the Year - MiTek NZ

The Finalists were:

  • Allegion (New Zealand)
  • Bremick Fasteners
  • MiTek New Zealand

Painting & Decorating Supplier of the Year - Sika NZ

The Finalists were:

  • Bostik NZ
  • Haydn Brush
  • Sika NZ
  • Soudal

Kitchen & Bathroom Supplier of the Year - Englefield / Kohler

The Finalists were:

  • Englefield / Kohler
  • GWA Group
  • Robertson Bathware

A full range of photos of the event is now available to view, share and download!