Applications to enter the 2021 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards have now closed. Committee chair Kate Rigg says “A lot of these organisations are run by busy volunteers who’re out there getting things done and making a difference. Some are working away quietly in the background and we don’t all hear about what they’re up to. So, we thought why not ask locals, who are the people making Hauraki/Coromandel a better place to live? It’s an award from the community to business heroes in our community.” On Monday 6 September, public nominations open for People’s Choice, Service to Business, and Community and Not-For-Profit. This is the first time the Community and Not-For-Profit award is being decided this way. The gala evening for the awards is on 28 October at the Grand Mercure Puka Park, Pauanui. The event was postponed last year due to COVID-19. Find out more information at haurakicoromandelbusinessawards.co.nz.