Finalists announced in 43rd PRINZ Awards


Excellence in the public relations profession is again recognised with the announcement of the finalists in the 43rd Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) annual industry awards. From nearly 100 entries, 29 finalists have been named. ‘Highly Commended’ entries, category ‘Winners’ and the ‘Supreme Award’ recipient will be announced at the PRINZ Awards Gala dinner in Christchurch on Thursday 25 May.

The awards are designed to recognise excellence across a number of categories including internal communications, government and quasi government, marketing communications, and not-for-profit - among others. New categories introduced this year include ‘Communicating in Diversity’ and ‘PR Consultancy of the Year’.

Chief Judge and Fellow of the Public Relations Institute, Lisa Finucane, said that it’s important the Awards reflect what is happening in the PR profession and across the wider community.

“The art (and science) of Public Relations is used to help organisations, companies and individuals communicate with thepeople and groups that matter to them and that they matter to. This can include employees, local, national and international communities, shareholders, decision makers and regulators, customers, and the public. It’s important that our practices and our awards reflect this variety. That’s why the new communicating in diversity award is well overdue,” she says.

“Communicating with or from iwi, recognising that immigrant communities might need to be engaged with in a different way, and helping provide a voice for parts of our society that might not always have had one, are increasingly important to PR practitioners on behalf of the organisations we work for.”

Winners of all categories except Consultancy of the Year are considered for the Supreme Award and all winners are eligible to enter the global COMM PRIX Awards organised by the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management.

43rd PRINZ Awards finalists 2017

(In alphabetical order by entry title, PRINZ member entrants listed)

Auckland Council Menacing Dogs Amnesty – Sharon Buckland, PR Locum Ltd; Samuel Baxter and Katherine Forbes, Auckland Council

Auckland has a plan for all of us - adopting the Auckland Unitary Plan – Wayne Godfrey, Auckland Council

Behind the Helmet – Crankworx Rotorua – Jacky James, Jenha Phillips, and Rebecca Roling, Shine PR

Bringing Your Modem Out of the Closet – Orcon Designer Series – Claudia Macdonald, Sean Brown, and Zoe Pert, Mango; Sophia Berry-Smith, Vocus Group New Zealand

Check for me before you turn the key (The Safekids Aotearoa driveway safety campaign) – Anthony Rola, Safekids New Zealand

Ethique – making beauty eco-friendly – Leigh Harris and Rhianna Bull, Convergence

Future Proofing Kidney Kids - Morgan MacFadyen, Emma Hilton, and Abby Berry, AUT University

Igniting the Runway - Tiki Āhua – Jacky James, Jenha Phillips, Rebecca Roling, Matt Hunt, and Julienne Fiddes, Shine PR

Let’s talk rubbish – community conversations and a record response for Hamilton City Council – Nigel Ward and Samantha Whittle, Hamilton City Council

Launching BNZ Android Pay by paying it forward – Strahan Wallis, Louisa Jones, Courtney Stayte, and Amy Hacon, Porter Novelli NZ; Katherine Cornish and Mark Watts, BNZ

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week campaign 2016 – Anna Radford and Suzanne McNamara, Cadence Communications

Massey's Olympic gold – Jenna Ward, Sidah Russell, Louise Vallant, Ryan Willoughby, Jennifer Little, and Paul Mulrooney, Massey University

#MISSINGTYPE – more than just a hashtag – Sandy Trigg, Grace Vujnovich, and Simone van Asbeck, Network Communication; Asuka Burge, Annabel Coxon, and Nephi Arthur, New Zealand Blood Service

Moving hearts and minds – relocating staff and patients from iconic 1950s The Princess Margaret Hospital to state of the art new hospital facilities 20km away at Burwood Hospital – Karalyn van Deursen, Canterbury District Health Board

Multiple nudges result in new Lifejacket norm – Pania Shingleton, Vince Cholewa, Sandra Ford, and Mark Dittmer, Maritime New Zealand

Nothing but the facts – how Redcliffs won its school back – Chelsea Halliwell, Resolve Communications

Now is our time! Building a better future for our whānau – Angela Campbell, Scott Campbell, and Rebecca Savory, Campbell Squared Communications

Promoting the 2016 Canterbury DHB Staff Wellbeing Survey – Donovan Ryan, Great Scott! Communications

#Roboqueue campaign owns iPhone 7 launch – Rewa Willis and Trish Sherson, Sherson Willis

Saving Sir Ed's Antarctic legacy – Jo Scott, Great Scott! Communications; Yvonne Densem, Christchurch International Airport

SKYCITY Auckland: Shifting Brand Perceptions – Colin Espiner, Kelly Armitage, Justene Taua, and Rebecca Foote, SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Share the Struggle - a community approach to domestic violence - Georgia Ward, Simon Cooper, Jodealyn Cadacio, and Boyan Buha, AUT University

The 2017 Colgate Games: New Zealand's Junior Olympics – Raphael Hilbron, Sarah Austen-Smith, and Tessa Donovan, SenateSHJ

The search for the lost Lindauers: Reaching the regions for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki – Olivia Boswell, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Tiger Streets of Singapore – Dallas Gurney, Cassidy Meredith, Kristy Von Minden, Lucy Harris, and Madeleine Wong, Spark PR & Activate

We’re better, connected; ‘Workplace by Facebook’ – Daniel Chasemore, James Walker, and Sarah Tora, Countdown

Sally Logan-Milne Young Practitioner of the Year Award finalists

• Alex Harman, One Plus One Communications

• Emma Schuler, Comvita

• Lizi Guest, Blacksheepdesign