Record sponsorship support for 2017 Canon awards

Friday, March 24

Strong backing from a range of organisations has helped the Newspaper Publishers’ Association stage this year’s Canon Media Awards.

Canon New Zealand Limited is the premier sponsor, having supported the awards for many years. The list of supporting sponsors has steadily increased as the awards have grown into New Zealand’s premier journalism awards.

Entries into this year’s awards blew away all previous records. A massive 2174 were received, 35 percent ahead of last year’s 1600.

New sponsors this year include AAP (Australian Associated Press), RNZ, Webstar, The Langham, AUT and E tū. They join Bauer Media, Norske Skog, nib health cover, Google, ASB, EY, Science Media Centre, NZ Cartoon Archive, Moa Brewing Co. and The Wine Portfolio.

NPA editorial director Rick Neville said the awards were an important event in the media calendar, as shown by the significant growth in participants. The size and scale of the event meant they could not be held without strong financial sponsorship.

“The fact that the awards are so well supported is testament to the passion so many journalists have for their craft, and to the integrity of the Canon awards," he said.

“At a time when media worldwide are facing such rapid change, it is gratifying to see so many respected New Zealand organisations wanting to show support in a tangible way for journalism in this country."

Entries for this year’s awards have closed and finalists will be named early next month. The awards function will be held at The Langham, Auckland, on the evening of Friday, May 19. Tickets can be ordered online at

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Or contact: Jane Phare, NPA Awards Director, phone 021 500 995 or Rick Neville, NPA Editorial Director 021 279 6447
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