16 May, 2018

NZME has had a run of award wins at last week’s award ceremonies, taking home honors at The New Zealand Radio Awards, Beacon Awards, Pride in Print Awards and the Voyager Media Awards.

Newstalk ZB and ZM were the standouts at the Radio Awards, with both stations taking home a handful of prizes. At the Voyagers, nzherald.co.nz and Weekend Herald took home the top prizes of Best News Website and Newspaper of the Year, respectively.

The Radio Awards celebrate the best of New Zealand Radio, honoring excellence in radio broadcasting including on air personalities and talent behind the scenes.

Newstalk ZB had a particularly successful night at the Awards, with Jason Winstanley and Nadia Tolich, Niva Retimanu, Mike Hosking and Marcus Lush taking home trophies for Best Content Directors, Best Newsreader, Best Talk Presenter (Breakfast or Drive) and Best Talk Presenter (Other), respectively. Hosking was also awarded the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Radio award.

ZM’s Fletch, Vaughan and Megan won Best Music Breakfast Show (Network).

The Beacon Awards were also on Thursday night. They recognise the power of innovative and effective media solutions to achieve outstanding results for clients, with a focus on strategy and implementation.

NZME were part of the team that won Best Small Budget recognition.  FCB Media and Westpac NZ highlighted the gender inequality issue with a powerful special edition of the NZ Herald that only carried 29% of its content, representing the percentage of New Zealand’s business leaders that are women.

The Voyager Media awards celebrate the best in journalism. NZME and the New Zealand Herald had a fantastic result at the Friday night ceremony, bringing home major awards and fantastic individual achievements.

nzherald.co.nz was named Best News Website, and its Break the Silence youth suicide campaign was awarded Best Editorial Campaign. The judges said, “Comprehensive and outstanding reporting by Olivia Carville, in a brilliantly-executed campaign revealing horrifying statistics and stories behind our abnormally high teen suicide rate, was the standout entry in this category. Quiet hope that change might come emerged and The New Zealand Herald is to be applauded for its bravery in challenging what has been up till now hushed-up failure or acceptance of the status quo.”

The Weekend Herald was named Newspaper of the Year for the second year in a row, and Best Weekly Newspaper. Matt Nippert won the prestigious Wolfson College scholarship, which will see him attend Cambridge University in the United Kingdom for 10 weeks. He also was awarded Business Journalist of the Year.

The Pride in Print Awards recognise excellent in print, with judging based on technical excellence in all facets of print production. NZME won a Special Recognition Award as well as a Gold Medal in the Publications Newspaper Category

NZME Chief Executive Michael Boggs proud of the success the company has had at the recent award ceremonies. “It’s incredible to see so many of the team recognised for their outstanding contributions. Whether they are heard on the radio, read in the paper and online or involved behind the scenes, it’s fantastic to see people awarded for the work they do. Congratulations to all the winners, both at NZME and our colleagues in the industry, and to everyone who was named as a finalist across the four award celebrations.”


NZME Winners


The NZ Radio Awards

Best Children’s Programme: The Crazy Kiwi Christmas Kids Show, Christian Broadcasting Assoc & NZME

Best Community Campaign: Pledge for Plunket, The Hits

Best Content – Best Content Director: Jason Winstanley and Nadia Tolich, Newstalk ZB

Best Content – Best Show Producer: Emily Winstanley

Best Content – Best Video: Neil Finn, Bhuja TV, Radio Hauraki, & Lorde: The Babysitter, ZM

Best New Broadcaster – Off Air: Evan Paea

Best News and Sport – Best Newsreader: Niva Retimanu, Newstalk ZB

Best News and Sport – Best Sports Reader, Presenter or Commentator: Martin Devlin, Radio Sport

Best News and Sport – Best Sports Story – Team Coverage: The America’s Cup, Newstalk ZB/Radio Sport

Best On Air – Best Music Breakfast Show, Network: Fletch, Vaughan and Megan, ZM

Best On Air – Best Talk Presenter, Breakfast or Drive: Mike Hosking, Newstalk ZB

Best On Air – Best Talk Presenter, Other: Marcus Lush, Newstalk ZB

Best Promotion – Best Client Digital/Social Promotion: The ACC Mammoth Summer of Cricket

Best Promotion – Best Digital Content: zmonline.com

Best Promotion – Best Marketing Campaign: $50,000 Secret Sound, ZM

Best Promotion – Best Network Station Promotion: Flochella, ZM

Best Technical Production – Best Station Trailer: ZM’s Secret Sound, ZM

Outstanding Contribution to Radio: Mike Hosking

Services to Broadcasting: Bryan Waddle and Peter Everett.


Voyager Media Awards

Digital – Best News Website or App: nzherald.co.nz

Feature Writing – sport: Dana Johannsen

Feature Writing (Long-form) – Health, education and/or general: Kirsty Johnston

Feature Writing (Short-form) – Arts, entertainment and lifestyle: Greg Bruce

Feature Writing (Short-form) – Health, education and/or general: Greg Bruce

General – Best editorial campaign or project: nzherald.co.nz for Break the Silence

General – Editorial Executive of the Year: Murray Kirkness

Newspapers – Best Newspaper Front Page: Hawke’s Bay Today

Newspapers – Weekly Newspaper of the Year: Weekend Herald

Opinion Writing – Opinion Writer of the Year: Steve Braunias

Photography – Best Photography, general: John Borren

Reporting – Crime, justice and/or social issues: Jared Savage

Reporting – Best investigation: Olivia Carville for What becomes of the Broken Hearted

Reporting – Regional Journalist of the Year: Carmen Hall, Bay of Plenty Times

Reporting – Sports Journalist of the Year: Dana Johannsen

Reporting – Business Journalist of the Year: Matt Nippert

Reporting – Political Journalist of the Year: Audrey Young

Videography – Best team video, feature: NZ Herald for Under the Bridge

Videography – Best videographer, junior: Jaden McLeod, NZ Herald Local Focus

Videography – Videographer of the Year: Alexander Robertson, NZME/Very Nice Productions

Videography – Videographer of the Year: Mike Scott, NZ Herald/NZME

Supreme Individual prize – Scholarship to Wolfson College, Cambridge University: Matt Nippert


Beacon Awards

NZME was involved with the below winners:

Best Small Budget (up to $100k per annum) – FCB Media, Westpac NZ, The inequality Issue

Best Creative Media Idea–  Gold - FCB Media, Westpac NZ, The Inequality Issue

Best Collaboration – Gold - FCB Media, Westpac NZ, The Inequality Issue

Best in Show– FCB Media, Westpac NZ, The Inequality Issue


Pride in Print Awards

Special Recognition Award

Newspaper Publications – Gold medal




For further information please contact:

Kate Barron


+64 27 422 0079



About NZME

NZME is a leading New Zealand media and entertainment business that reaches more than 3.2 million kiwis[1]. Whether reading, listening or watching, our audience gets the content they want - where and when they want it. NZME offers advertisers a unique opportunity to access its growing audience via a fully integrated multi-platform presence. NZME is listed on the NZX Main Board (code NZM) with a foreign exempt listing on the ASX (code NZM).



[1]Nielsen CMI, January 2018 fused database: Q1 17 – Q4 17 (population 10 years +). Based on unduplicated weekly reach of NZME newspapers, radio stations, and monthly domestic unique audience of NZME’s digital channels.