Announcing 42nd Annual PRINZ Awards finalists

15 April 2016

The Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) announces 27 finalists in its 42nd annual industry Awards from a record 69 entries. Finalists will be awarded ‘Highly Commended’ or named category ‘Winner’ at the PRINZ Awards Gala dinner in Auckland on 12 May.

Winners in each category are now judged by a Supreme judging panel consisting of Lisa Finucane, Awards Chief Judge, Bruce Fraser, PRINZ President and Gordon Chesterman PRINZ Life member, to determine the Supreme Winner. The coveted ‘Supreme Award’ recipient will also be revealed at the PRINZ Awards Gala Dinner.

All category winners are eligible to enter the global COMM PRIX Awards organised by the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management.

The 2016 PRINZ Awards attracted 69 entries from the corporate, consultancy, and government sectors. From 12 available categories, the most entries were received in the ‘Internal Communications’ and ‘Sally Logan-Milne Young Practitioner of the Year’ categories, with 11 and 10 entries respectively.

42nd PRINZ Awards finalists 2016
(In alphabetical order by entry title, PRINZ member entrants listed)

Able Products – Clean for a Cause - Sarah George and Cassie Arauzo, AUT University

Anzac Day 2015 Combined Civic Service “Commemorating 100 years, together” - Amanda Weatherley, Tauranga City Council

Audi quattro bistro – Angela Spain and Laura Douglas, FCB

Ben & Jerry’s Mooo-ves In - Amber Conroy, Spark PR & Activate

Bringing our people leaders together – Michelle Quirke, Inland Revenue

“But it’s always been free!” – Communicating the introduction of paid parking at the University of Waikato - Peta Goldsworthy, Mike Watson and Megan Burton-Brown, University of Waikato

Countdown Free Fruit for Kids- Sarah Williams, Louise Wright, Morgan Bailey and Kaya Arai, Porter Novelli New Zealand; James Walker and Charlotte Haycock, Countdown

Crave and rave – golden praise drives results for golden arches - Claudia Macdonald, Mango; Gina McKinnon, Fuse; Simon Kenny, McDonalds New Zealand

Dance Till Dawn – saving the Auckland dance scene - Rob Warner

Defining Architectural Design - Rebecca Kinraid and Jackie Curtis, Cherry Red Consulting

Dirt is the new Gold – the Crankworx Rotorua Journey - Jacky James, Jenha White, Rebecca Roling, Madeleine Moore, Shine PR

Dogs with jobs…and business cards – Michael Richards, Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ)

Helping New Zealanders play a part in shaping ACC – Michael Player, Gemma Bevan and Laura Barlow, Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)

Human Walkies campaign - Sharon Buckland, Auckland Council

It All Starts Here – Challenging public perceptions of SKYCITY – Colin Espiner, Kelly Armitage, Rebecca Foote and Jade Lucas, SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Jetstar spreads its wings – Announcing Jetstar’s regional expansion plans - Gemma Doughty, Spark PR & Activate

Making haste slowly with God on our side - John Durning, Perception Public Relations & Marketing

Microsoft phone scammer response - Sarah Williams, Natasha Gillooly and Brad Pogson, Porter Novelli New Zealand; Brendan Boughen, Microsoft

Not just another onboarding scheme – using graduate recruitment as a marketing & communications tool - Louise Poppelwell, Simpson Grierson

Paper Plus Father’s Day - Joanna James and Jessica Edward, FCB

Recovering Christchurch’s Heritage - Susan Gibson, Heritage Hotel Management Ltd

SPCA Cupcake Day 2015 - Sarah Williams, Morgan Bailey and Kaya Arai, Porter Novelli New Zealand

The Game Changer – Kirsten Robinson and Emilia Mazur, Lotto New Zealand

The New Zealand International Convention Centre – an exercise in crisis management - Colin Espiner, Kelly Armitage, Rebecca Foote and Jade Lucas, SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Vodafone New Zealand – A journey to pride - Marie Hodson and Sarah Newcombe, Vodafone New Zealand

Sally Logan-Milne Young Practitioner of the Year finalists

· Jenha White, Shine PR

· Laura Barlow, Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)