KiwiRail is a vital part of the transport and multi-billion dollar tourism network Professor Kate Kearins, AUT\nKiwiRail has taken out the supreme award at the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards.\nNow in its 12th year, the Excellence in Business Support Awards is the only national performance measure for business support organisations.\nIt recognises and celebrates organisations and individuals that deliver quality products and services to help small, medium and large businesses maximise their potential.\nKiwiRail, which also won the AUT International Business Export Support and Advanced Security Group Government categories, was acknowledged for its partnership with Port of Tauranga and Fonterra aimed at boosting export growth.\nThe three-way alliance resulted in an improved supply chain, productivity, regional development, reduced CO\u00b2 emissions and cost cutting.\nProfessor Kate Kearins, Dean of AUT Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, says companies along distribution and supply chains need to join hands to solve bigger environmental issues, such as climate change.\n\u201cFor any systems-based problem you need collaboration across the members of the system. These issues can\u2019t be resolved by individual organisations working in isolation,\u201d says Kearins.\nNot only does KiwiRail move 18 million tonnes of freight each year \u2013 around 25 percent of New Zealand\u2019s exports \u2013 its network is used for 32 million commuter journeys and it transports more than one million tourist passengers on its scenic trains and inter-island ferries.\n\u201cKiwiRail is a vital part of the transport and multi-billion dollar tourism network,\u201d says Kearins.\n\u201cIts resilience and ability to quickly establish alternatives to disrupted networks is part of what makes it a deserving supreme winner of the Excellence in Business Support Awards.\u201d\nLeading through change\nCandace Kinser is the winner of the leadership category. \nNo caption\nThe judges noted her career spanning the New Zealand technology and biotechnology sectors, ranging from advising government and working with local councils and business, through to helping school leavers and disadvantaged youth develop their career ideas and improve their career prospects.\nKinser is currently director of Livestock Improvement Corporation, ERoad, Talent International, the Well Foundation and former chief executive of the New Zealand Technology Industry Association and the biotechnology research software company Biomatters.\nWhen asked how she deals with often being the only woman in the boardroom together with regularly being the only one with experience both starting up and heading businesses, she reflects on her childhood karate classes where she was the only girl in a room full of boys. \nKinser says she learned in order to manage strong opposition, when an opponent throws a powerful blow, the best way to deal with it \u2013 in karate and life on a board \u2013 is neither resisting nor giving in to the power, but just going with it, maintaining sound footing and balance, and then transitioning into the next move.\n\u201cIn a business context, this means not allowing others to derail you, and focusing on what is important to help people develop their capabilities, and help businesses grow.\u201d\nKearins says the organisations that support successful businesses are the unsung heroes of New Zealand\u2019s business community, often going unrecognised by end-consumers.\nCandace Kinser\nDo not allow others to derail you, and focusing on what is important to help people develop their capabilities, and help businesses grow Candace Kinser \n\u201cWe would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners across the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support awards. Without your innovation, enthusiasm, judgement and backing New Zealand businesses, big and small, would fail to reach their full potential,\u201d says Kearins.\nA 600-strong audience of from the New Zealand government and business sector, joined staff and academics from AUT, in honouring the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Award winners at a gala dinner at the Langham Hotel.\nAmong the guest speakers were Fatumata Bah, a third-year student, studying for a conjoint Bachelor of Business in Management and Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology and Amritpal Kaur, a second-year Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics Engineering student, and founder and president of AUT STEM Women.\nThe 2017 awards were sponsored by ICG, Fuji Xerox, Idealog, CPA Australia, Colab, New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, and Advanced Security Group.\n\nThe 2017 AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards winner\nICG Business lt; $5M turnover\nConnect Global\nICG Business lt; $5M turnover (sales and marketing)\nEBOSS\nIdealog Business $5M - $20M turnover\nChancellor Construction\nFuji Xerox Large Business\nChristchurch International Airport\nIdealog Sustainability Support\nReclaim\nCPA Australia Financial Services Support\nNZI\nColab Design and Creative Technology Support\nellencompany\nNew Zealand Business Excellence Foundation Not for Profit\n?kina Foundation\nAdvanced Security Group Government\nKiwiRail\nAUT International Business Export Support\nKiwiRail\nFuji Xerox Leadership\nCandace Kinser\nAUT Business School Supreme Winner - KiwiRail\n\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\nSign up forCIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter:@divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nJoin us on Facebook.