Junction Awards Winners


Parsley pot cafe

Winner: Cafes, Takeaway & eateries

The Parsley Pot Café is renowned for its friendly, laid back style of service and an honest passion for creating quality coffee and food. They also believe in providing services to include as many people as possible. For mums and dads there is a child safe perimeter. A wide ramp provides easy access for the elderly or disabled. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome. The homemade pies are divine and are made from locally sourced ingredients with organic and free-range meats. Home grown herbs and fruits are harvested from the backyard. They have even created their own organic peanut butter, gluten free potato base and a mouth-watering range of baking and cooking.

www.facebook.com/theparsleypotcafe | 09 425 8486

Top 5 runners up: Charlies Gelato Garden, Chocolate Brown Café, Viet Q Foods, Leigh Eats, Puhoi Café & Cheese Shop


Katya maker boutique

Winner: Fashion & accessories

Katya Maker Boutique will be celebrating its 6th birthday this year. Katya says it has been a wild ride, with a steep learning curve, but also a very rewarding experience. They are also very proud to be recognised by New Zealand’s fashion bible ‘Simply You’ as one of the local fashion icons. “We are making waves in the New Zealand fashion industry. That’s a real honour and a sign that we are on the right track. We care about every customer, and want to make sure they leave with a smile. We also realise that fashion is about expression and individuality, which is why we are a boutique with one-of-a-kind pieces that you will love forever.”

www.katyamaker.com | 09 422 3359

Top 5 runners up: The Bach Matakana, Summer Sessions Warkworth, Summer Sessions Matakana, Heavenly Soles, Two Boutique


Wharf Street bistro

Winner: restaurant & bars

Outstanding reviews and consistently great food has enabled Wharf Street Bistro to open for lunch by popular demand. Rachel Macfarlane says they love serving up fresh local produce to local people and Warkworth is the perfect mix of coast and country. They also have a great view to admire whilst enjoying the well cooked flavoursome food. “Our restaurant is highly recommended amongst the local community, everyone speaks highly of our food and service. Read our Facebook reviews or just ask someone who has been for dinner.”

www.wharfstreetbistro.com | 09 422 2511


Top 5 runners up: Leigh Sawmill Café, Salty Dog Inn, Sawmill Brewery & Smoko Room, Smith's Bar and Restaurant, Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail


Morris & James Pottery

Winner: Homewares, gifts & art galleries

Behind the scenes the team at Morris and James are always innovating. Hand crafting clay is a tricky business, and visitors don’t always see the development process of new works until they’ve been perfected. We are told they have several exciting new ceramics coming out soon. This year they released a new range of terracotta light fittings by head designer, Nick Charlton. Nick put a modern twist on Morris and James’ traditional values. You’ll see Morris and James ceramics dotted around the region, as tiles on letterboxes, pots outside local homes, baches and beaches.

www.morrisandjames.co.nz | 09 422 7116


Top 5 runners up: Green with Envy, Mooi Mooi, Matakana Botanicals, Art Matakana, Fossick & Find


Sawmill brewery & smoko room

Winner: wineries, breweries & cideries

Kirsty Mckay from the Sawmill Brewery and Smoko Room says they, have had a stellar year. “Our medal haul at this year’s New World Beer Awards was outstanding, six medals, including a gold for our Pilsner. It’s a real credit to Mike and our brewers. We are about about our roots. There are new breweries starting up every week now, but it’s becoming much more common for them not to have an actual brewery. We are hugely supported by our wonderful community.”

www.sawmillbrewery.co.nz | 09 422 6555



Top 5 runners up: Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail, Lothlorien Feijoa Wine, Omaha Bay Vineyard, Ransom Winery & Winebar, Herons Flight Winery


Matakana Cinemas

Winner: Entertainment, Tours & Activities

The management team at Matakana Cinemas says despite being the only cinema in the area, they don't rest on their laurels. They love living and working in Matakana, providing a top-quality customer experience and looking after their staff. “We provide an inviting, clean and comfortable environment for our community. We are a company with a clear vision, mission and set of values which drive us. We also work very hard on our hospitality and that’s not just about providing a service. We see a lot of smiles and hear a lot of laughter and we think that’s a very good sign.”

www.matakanacinemas.co.nz | 09 423 0218


Top 5 runners up: Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Matakana Village Farmers Market, Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Glass Bottom Boat, Matakana River Tours

Salty dog inn

Winner: accommodation

The Salty Dog Inn is a one stop shop, function centre, accommodation, restaurant and bar. They have an old English Pub feel and strong support from locals. Their motto says it all: ‘Come as our guests and leave as our friends’. The food is value for money and the menu changes quarterly. Debbie Patton from the Salty Dog Inn sums it up; “We live in paradise and we want to share it with our guests. It’s not all about bums in beds, we want people to experience our wonderful tours, nature walks, beaches, regional parks and much more.”

www.saltydoginn.co.nz | 09 425 5588


Top 5 runners up: Riverside Matakana, Sandspit Holiday Park, Black & White Barn Matakana, The Beach House Kawau Island, Matakana Motel


Blush Beauty Lounge

Winner: beauty & health

Blush Beauty Lounge has been in Matakana for 12 years and has grown with the rapidly changing region. They stock Environ, one of the top skincare ranges. And Jane Iredale, one of the best mineral makeup ranges. Christine Parkinson and her dedicated team are all fully qualified and part of the Beauty Therapy Association of New Zealand. “It's been fun being in Matakana over such a period of change. We were here before the Matakana Village was built and now have a new therapist and a much larger space. We have close relationships with our clients, many of whom have become friends. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the service is high quality.”

www.blushbeautylounge.co.nz | 09 422 9007

top 5 runners up: Boost Chiropractic, LOVEnails, Matakana Hair Co, Saundarya Spa, Mu Beauty Clinic Matakana


Warkworth Butchery

Winner: food stores & suppliers

For the team at Warkworth Butchery uniqueness is everything. If they have it, then they made it. They are proud to say the buck stops right there with them. Meat and condiments are supplied locally and they aren’t scared to try out new things. As far as customer satisfaction goes, Rob Lees says it’s pretty straightforward. “If we wouldn’t buy it, then we don’t sell it! We take time to get to know our customers and appreciate the effort they have made to shop with us.”

Buying local from Warkworth Butchery also helps support local community and sports groups with much needed fundraisers.

www.warkworthbutchery.co.nz | 09 425 9947

top 5 runners up: Charlies Gelato Garden, The Village Butchery, Chocolate Brown Chocolatarie, Mahurangi Oysters, Matakana Smokehouse