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2021 Hardware Awards Photo Gallery


After a year on hold, thanks to the pandemic, on Tuesday 10 May we were again live at the CORDIS in Auckland to celebrate the hardware channel’s highest achievers.

Thanks to everyone who attended this year's Hardware Awards Gala Dinner at Cordis Auckland - we were delighted to host 400+ guests after several delays and postponements!

Thank you to all everyone involved in making the Awards happen, the team at New Zealand Hardware Journal, our sponsors, guests, and of course congratulations to our Finalists and Winners and everyone who took the time to submit an entry.

Other important people to us and to the Hardware Awards were the knowledgeable and experienced members of this year’s judging panel, for whose help, experience and impartial insights we say thank you: Prof Jonathan Elms (Sir Stephen Tindall Chair Professor in Retail Management at Massey University); Danielle McFadyen (Agency Manager of Retailworld Auckland & Director of Hospoworld Auckland); Trish Mclean (CEO of RWR Group recruitment); Juanita Neville-Te Rito (MD & founder of RetailX); Brett O’Neill (Global Group Sales Director of Innova Products); Craig Robertson (now GM at Appliance Connexion, the national support office for 1OO% Appliances); Craig Wilson (Director of Peter Robinson Paving & Concrete and former Mitre 10 NZ CEO); and Jeremy Wilson (Director of Build People).

See the highlights video below and our coverage that follows for all this year's Winners and Finalists, and do check out all the best photos from the night (free to download & share!) and ... do stay tuned for news and dates here and on our Facebook page around the next Hardware Awards program!

On with the show then, with details of the 2021 winners and all the Finalists...


Retailer of the Year

Open to hardware and builders’ supply merchants.

This award recognises a truly outstanding retailer or builders’ merchant (aged 33 years or over at July 30, 2021) who has shown initiative and enterprise in leading their team.

Entrants will be owners or managers of a hardware store or builders’ supply merchant.

The judges were looking for the best of the best in the DIY retail and building supply sector and, as ever, coming to a decision was not an easy task – each of these Finalists really is a benchmark for their profession.

Congratulations to all the 2021 Retailer of the Year Finalists - see their profiles here!

It wasn’t easy singling out one winner from these top achievers but the winner of the 2021 Retailer of the Year Award is Gene Simmiss of PlaceMakers Blenheim.


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 at July 30, 2021) 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.

Congratulations to all the 2021 Young Retailer of the Year Finalists - see their profiles here

From an incredibly talented pool of young retailers, the 2021 Young Retailer of the Year is Collin McCool of Mitre 10 Whangaparaoa!


Bud Little Young Achiever

Chosen from among the Young Retailer of the Year entrants.

The Young Achiever Award is presented to one of our Young Retailers who’s just on the cusp of achieving something special.

This year, the award has been renamed in honour of the late Bud Little, founder of NZ Hardware Journal and of the Hardware Awards, who passed in 2020 but whose name is now engraved for posterity on this Award.

This Award was presented on the night to Luke Hughes of Mitre 10 MEGA Wanaka by Bud’s granddaughter Charli.


Trade Account Manager of the Year

Open to account managers at builders’ supply merchants.

This award recognises a trade 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 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.

Congratulations to all the 2021 Trade Account Manager of the Year Finalists - see their profiles here!

The 2021 Trade Account Manager of the Year is Charles Luan of Mitre 10 MEGA Te Rapa!


Supplier Account Manager of the Year

Open to supplier account managers.

This award recognises a building products supplier 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.

Congratulations to all the 2021 Supplier Account Manager of the Year Finalists - see their profiles here!

And the 2021 Supplier Account Manager of the Year is Teu Cash of Tasman Insulation!


Retail Store of the Year

Open to retail hardware stores.

Retail stores of all sizes will be judged for the quality of their service. Nominations for these awards will be by industry retail groups. No entry forms are required for this category. Retail stores must have been trading for a minimum of one year as at 30 July, 2021 to be eligible.

Congratulations to all the 2021 Retail Store of the Year Finalists:

  • Mitre 10 MEGA Albany
  • Mitre 10 MEGA Hastings
  • Mitre 10 MEGA Papanui

See their profiles here!

And the 2021 Retail Store of the Year is Mitre 10 MEGA Papanui.


Trade Store of the Year

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

Trade stores of all sizes will be judged for the quality of their service. Nominations for these awards will be by industry retail/builders' merchant groups. No entry forms are required for this category. Trade stores must have been trading for a minimum of one year as at 30 July, 2021 to be eligible.

Congratulations to all the 2021 Trade Store of the Year Finalists:

  • PlaceMakers Mount Wellington
  • Mitre 10 MEGA Cambridge
  • PlaceMakers Riccarton

See their profiles here!

And the 2021 Trade Store of the Year is PlaceMakers Riccarton.


Supplier of the Year

Open to suppliers to DIY and hardware stores, and builders’ merchants.

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.

Supplier of the Year - Building Supplies

Congratulations to our 2021 Supplier of the Year - Building Supplies Finalists:

  • BBI Wood Products
  • Red Stag Timber
  • Tasman Insulation NZ
  • Winstone Wallboards

See their profiles here!

The winner is Winstone Wallboards!

Supplier of the Year - Garden

Congratulations to our 2021 Supplier of the Year - Garden Finalists:

  • Browns Brushware
  • Kiwicare
  • Riverlea Group
  • Tui Products

See their profiles here!

The winner is Kiwicare!

Supplier of the Year - Hand & Power Tools

Congratulations to our 2021 Supplier of the Year - Hand & Power Tools Finalists:

  • Delfast
  • Makita (New Zealand)
  • Milwaukee Tools
  • Stanley Black & Decker NZ

See their profiles here!

The winner is Makita New Zealand!

Supplier of the Year - Hardware

Congratulations to our 2021 Supplier of the Year - Hardware Finalists:

  • 3M New Zealand
  • Allegion New Zealand
  • Bremick Fasteners
  • MiTek New Zealand

See their profiles here!

The winner is MiTek New Zealand!

Supplier of the Year - Kitchen & Bathroom

Congratulations to our 2021 Supplier of the Year - Kitchen & Bathroom Finalists:

  • Aquatica
  • Clearlite
  • Greens Tapware
  • Laminex

See their profiles here!

The 2021 Hardware Awards Supplier of the Year Kitchen & Bathroom is Clearlite!

Supplier of the Year - Painting & Decorating

Congratulations to our 2021 Supplier of the Year - Painting & Decorating Finalists:

  • Bostik NZ
  • Dulux NZ
  • Sika (NZ)
  • Soudal

See their profiles here!

The winner is Sika NZ!