4 December, 2014

The New Zealand Herald website won Best News Site at Tuesday’s NetGuide awards, while shopping website Grabone was voted Best Overall Site of the Year.

nzherald.co.nz beat all other NZ news sites to win the best news site category.

The awards are decided by popular vote.

NZME. Digital Media Director, Laura Maxwell Hansen, said she is thrilled “that nzherald.co.nz is being recognized by Kiwis for delivering the content that most informs and engages them”.

"As one of the key sites within the NZME. digital stable, nzherald.co.nz has seen huge growth in news audience nationally, with over 50% growth year on year. It proves that the local content from our national editorial team at NZME. really is delivering the content that matters most to New Zealanders," she said.

Grabone, owned by Herald publisher NZME., beat out fierce competition from Trade Me, Mighty Ape, Air New Zealand and Treat Me to scoop the most votes and win the top prize, Best Overall Site.

NZME. Director of eCommerce and New Ventures, Richard Harrison, said Grabone is an exciting and innovative online business and that the Grabone team is ecstatic to have received the people-driven NetGuide accolade, Best Overall Site, two years in a row as well as winning Best Shopping Site.

“On average every 12 seconds someone is buying something on Grabone. Our focus is to keep in tune with them, with the changing needs of the market, identifying what people want and giving it to them in a way that really benefits their lifestyle,” he said.

Harrison said innovations like the ‘Giftinator’, a Christmas gift generator, and the addition of retail coupons along with continuous improvements to the website design have made Grabone the go to marketplace for online deals in NZ



For further information, contact:       Evie Ashton, NZME. PR +64 21 994 074