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Finalists announced in Air New Zealand Cargo Auckland Export Awards 2009

Exports of a mapping system to identify all 30,000 species on a Tahitian island, a simulator for medical students to practice virtual operations at home online, and a collision warning system for yachts and commercial boats; these are among the stunning achievements of this year's Auckland export award finalists.

The first refers to Biomatters Ltd, the second to Go Virtual Medical Ltd, and the third to Vesper Marine.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency Auckland hotel on Friday, August 7. (see Fast Facts below)

Convenor of the eight judges, Hugh Cronwright, owner of Export Associates Ltd, says: "We are really excited to see the diversity of new companies emerging to foster New Zealand's exporting and create wealth for the country." The finalists in all four categories are:

QBE Exporter of the Year Award (At least 20 per cent of revenue is from exports, administered from Auckland, and with outstanding foreign exchange growth)

Endace Ltd designs, develops, sells and supports high-speed systems that monitor Internet traffic and look for spyware and other abuse. Ph Neil Hopkins at 582036, Endace.com

Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Henderson, manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, animal remedies, nutriceuticals and cosmetics for both Douglas Pharmaceuticals and joint venture partners - under its own and others' brand names. Ph Graeme Douglas at 835 0660, Douglas.co.nz

A-Ward Attachments Ltd, Penrose, designs and sells equipment for the demolition and recycling industries, such as shredders, conveyors and grapple jaws for excavators. Ph Simon Ward at 634 5128, A-ward.co.nz

Emerald Foods Ltd in East Tamaki makes small to medium production runs of premium ice cream and desserts. Ph Shane Lamont at 274 6168, Icecream.co.nz

Westpac Emerging Exporter of the Year Award (Exporting for less than three years) Samex Ltd, Mangere company that helps Pacific Island restaurants develop menus then finds and exports New Zealand produce to match. Ph Blair Knil at 578 1133

Go Virtual Medical Ltd, Albany-based group of surgeons, physicians and animators who developed an online Integrated Simulator for learning surgical and clinical procedures in virtual reality. It features text, anatomy, video and simulation. Ph Cherry Vanderbeke at 414 0015, Govirtualmedical.com

Biomatters Ltd, Auckland City software developer providing scientific solutions in the areas of disease research, human health and environmental issues; software that can be used by all researchers, converting raw data into meaningful, visual information Ph Candice Toner at 379 5064, Biomatters.com

Vesper Marine Ltd, Westhaven designer of a collision warning system for yachts, launches and commercial boats that is easy to use and can be on all the time. Ph Jeff Robbins at 09 950 4848, Vespermarine.com

Consultants and Services Export Award (Consulting services to offshore clients or support to New Zealand export businesses) Fraser Thomas Ltd, Papatoetoe-headquartered professional consultancy firm offering engineering services (civil, environmental, geotechnical and structural), surveying and resource management services. Ph Stephen Eagle 09 278 7078, Fraserthomas.co.nz

McKay Electrical and Instrumentation (Whangarei) Ltd, Whangarei-based firm that undertakes large complex projects anywhere in the south eastern Pacific Rim, in industries such as petrochemical, dairy, power generation, marine and aviation. Ph Lindsay Faithfull at 09 470 1915, Mckay.co.nz

Export Deal of the Year (Closing a successful export deal securing a strong market position) Zee Tags Ltd, Albany-based designer of identification tags worn on farm animal ears and also used in horticulture (vine/row numbers), as labels for hotel/motels keys, dog tags, luggage tags, name tags and event invitations. Ph Michael Gardner at 09 414-1790, Zeetags.co.nz

Go Virtual Medical Ltd, Albany-based group of surgeons, physicians and animators who developed an online Integrated Simulator for learning surgical and clinical procedures in virtual reality. It features text, anatomy, video and simulation. Ph Cherry Vandebeke at 09 414-0015, Govirtualmedical.com

For comments, contact: Catherine Mullane, Export New Zealand, phone 09-367 0970, mob 021 636 219. Or: Hugh Cronwright, convenor of judges, phone 09-476 1366, mob 021 154 6872

For background and awards presentation details visit: www.exportnewzealand.org.nz/doc/165/Attendthe2009AirNZCargoAucklandExportAwards

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