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The NPA is grateful for the support from all our generous sponsors.

Leading broadband and communications specialist, Voyager, became the new naming sponsor for the Media Awards in 2018. Continuing their support as naming sponsor in 2019, Voyager is a fitting primary sponsor for the awards, given the evolving nature of how news is increasingly digitally created, circulated, and consumed.

Entrepreneur Seeby Woodhouse founded Voyager Internet in 2011 and has since built the business to a turnover of more than $30 million, following several strategic acquisitions.

Specialising in everything from hosting and domain names to broadband, phone and managed networks. Voyager’s national communications network covers the entire country, serving both residential and businesses, with more than 50,000 customers.

Woodhouse attributes the company’s success in a very crowded industry to investing in new technology, innovative ideas and offering exceptional service to make businesses more efficient and people’s lives better.

This achievement comes on the back of another Woodhouse success story, the creation of internet provider Orcon which he started in 1997 with not much more than $100. Within 10 years Woodhouse had built Orcon to become the fourth largest ISP in New Zealand with no external borrowing or funding, selling the company to Kordia for $24.3m in 2007. 

A former Ernst & Young Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Hi-Tech Young Achiever of the Year, Woodhouse has never been afraid of a new venture including owning Crow Bar in Auckland, a radio station and a barter exchange. 

Voyager Internet is proud to be naming sponsor for the Voyager Media Awards, helping to showcase and celebrate the talent of New Zealand’s editors, journalists, photographers, videographers, artists and designers in a fast-changing digital world.


Canon New Zealand is proud to continue its support of the prestigious Voyager Media Awards as a supporting sponsor. It has been an honour to support such an outstanding event as naming sponsor between 2010 and 2017, and to celebrate the people who shape this country’s media landscape. The high calibre of entries and outstanding quality of work submitted each year continues to inspire us, as well as highlight the true talent at work here in New Zealand; capturing the nation’s events and stories each day and sharing them with us and the rest of the world.

New Zealand’s largest magazine publisher, Bauer became a sponsor in 2014 making a significant and welcome contribution. Bauer’s titles and journalists always figure prominently in the awards which is no surprise given the range and quality of the company’s titles. Previously ACP, Bauer Media Group publishes more than 20 national titles spanning current affairs, the women’s market, lifestyle and design. Prominent among them are Metro, North & South, Woman’s Day, Next, Home and Taste. Recent additions have been the Listener and NZ Woman’s Weekly.

The nib partnership includes two new health journalism scholarships open to New Zealand reporters and writers. The scholarships, one for senior journalists and the other for junior journalists, will provide new opportunities for writers to enhance their work through research or travel. Scholarship winners will be announced at the Voyager Media Awards presentation dinner in Auckland on Friday, 11 May 2018.

nib is one of New Zealand and Australia’s fastest-growing health insurers providing health and medical insurance to more than one million residents across the Tasman. The partnership with the Voyager Media Awards will allow nib to help tackle the challenges facing the New Zealand health system by providing local journalists with the opportunity to explore these topics further.

In 1847, ASB opened as the Auckland Savings Bank with the pledge: 'to serve the community; to grow and to help Kiwis grow'. And that is very much what ASB is about today.

ASB is a leading provider of integrated financial services in New Zealand including retail, business and rural banking, funds management and insurance. We lend, protect and invest money for 1.4 million customers and have around 5000 people working across New Zealand who strive to provide our customers with outstanding services and innovative financial solutions.

ASB is a member of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) Group.

NZ On Air connects and reflects our nation, ensuring New Zealanders can experience public media that is authentically New Zealand.
NZ on Air is an independent government funding agency delivering quality and diverse New Zealand public media.

As New Zealand’s largest 100% renewable energy generator, and as a retailer, Meridian has always walked hand in hand with the environment.

Meridian is focused on sustainability, which is why the company has adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Meridian is also listed as one of only three New Zealand companies on the Dow Jones Asia-Pacific Sustainability Index.

Meridian and its online subsidiary Powershop retail electricity to more than 376,000 connections – homes, farms and businesses throughout New Zealand and Australia. Meridian owns and operates seven hydro stations − six within the Waitaki Hydro Scheme − and seven wind farms in New Zealand and Australia.

Radio New Zealand (RNZ) has been an integral part of the New Zealand media environment since 1925 when public broadcasting had its beginnings in this country. New Zealanders need access to a diverse range of media and journalistic sources and perspectives if they are to participate fully in our democratic society.

RNZ’s move to a multi-platform media organisation reinforces our Charter obligations to serve the public interest, champion freedom of thought and expression and foster a sense of national identity. We are determined to fulfil those critical tasks while working with colleagues to help shape a vibrant, diverse and sustainable New Zealand news media. RNZ is keen to support the wider media ecosystem by developing talent and expertise, innovating and sharing our ideas and content, and by working in partnership with other media organisations and industry bodies.

Māori Television is New Zealand’s indigenous broadcaster, providing a wide range of local and international programmes for audiences across the country. Our vision is for te reo Māori to be valued, embraced and spoken by all New Zealanders. Our mission is to contribute to Māori success through te reo me ngā tikanga Māori.

Giving you the Latest & Breaking News from New Zealand and around the world from Newshub - your home for NZ, world, sport, politics and entertainment news.

The Google News Initiative is our effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. Supporting quality journalism requires close collaboration with the news industry. We build products and programs to meet the needs of journalists and news organisations so they can succeed on the web. Every day, we work with thousands of journalists and publishers to meet their business needs and industry challenges.

Huawei began its operations in New Zealand in 2005. The company partners with all major operators including Spark, 2degrees and Vodafone NZ, providing much of the technology behind the New Zealand Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative. Today, more than half of New Zealanders are using Huawei's products and solutions.

BusinessNZ is New Zealand’s leading business advocacy group, incorporating EMA, Business Central, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and the Otago Southland Employers’ Association.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is New Zealand’s leading authority on Asia. We provide experiences and resources to help New Zealanders build their knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive in Asia. The Foundation offers internships, grants and residencies for New Zealanders to travel to Asia to learn about their areas of work and experience first-hand the dynamism and diversity of the region.

The Asia Media Centre was set up by the Asia New Zealand Foundation to help improve the breadth and depth of coverage of Asia-related issues in the New Zealand media. The centre does this by helping New Zealand media to access expertise on Asia and Asian peoples; providing contextual information on emerging issues; highlighting stories and issues that might otherwise get missed; and helping journalists to access a broader range of voices for their media coverage. The Asia Media Centre builds on the Foundation’s strong track record of working with New Zealand journalists through its established media programme, which has supported more than 350 journalists to travel to Asia since 1994.

Ovato (Formerly PMP/Gordon and Gotch) is New Zealand’s largest printing and distribution company with operations in Auckland and Christchurch. The company prints magazines, catalogues, brochures and has online digital print capability. Magazines are delivered to retail through Ovato Retail Distribution, and Ovato Residential Distribution provides New Zealand wide letterbox delivery.


The Print Media Copyright Agency (PMCA), a division of the NZ Press Association, was established in 2003 with a primary focus to support journalism. All material published by the news media, both print and online, is protected by copyright. The PMCA’s role is to ensure that the copyright is respected, and its value recognised.

We do this by granting licences to organisations wanting to use our members’ content so that they can do so easily and legitimately. More than 85% of the royalties collected are returned to publishers.

The PMCA works in conjunction with the Newspaper Publishers' Association (NPA), the trade association of the New Zealand newspaper industry, the Magazine Publishers’ Association (MPA), numerous other independent news publishers and a growing number of broadcasters and web-only publishers. More details can be found at

The Science Media Centre was launched in July 2008 to promote accurate, evidence-based reporting on science and technology by helping the media work more closely with the scientific community. Wellington-based, the centre operates as a stand-alone business unit within the Royal Society of New Zealand. Thousands of news stories providing context from and quoting New Zealand researchers have been published as a direct result of the centre’s work.

Founding manager of the centre is Peter Griffin, who is also the founder and editor of Sciblogs. Peter was formerly technology editor of The New Zealand Herald and has also written on technology for a range of other media.

Whitecliffe College, located in Auckland since 1982, is a leading and award-winning specialist in tertiary arts and design education, producing the highest-quality graduates who contribute to the Creative Industries both nationally and internationally.

The 2018 acquisition of Whitecliffe by Feroz Ali, Asia Pacific Education Group Limited, brings together two other well-respected New Zealand tertiary education providers, NZ Fashion Tech Limited and Computer Power Plus, under the Whitecliffe brand. Certificate to Postgraduate level programmes have expanded from Arts, Design and Digital Media, Fine Arts, Photo Media, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Arts Therapy to now include IT and associated training. With campuses in Auckland Central, Manukau, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch students across New Zealand can now easily access a Whitecliffe education.

Under the new ownership Whitecliffe will offer three specialist Colleges – Arts and Design, Fashion and Sustainability, and Technology and Innovation.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) was established in 2001 and is the newest, and fastest growing of New Zealand’s universities.

AUT’s School of Communication Studies is highly regarded in the industry, both in New Zealand and beyond. It produces innovative, critical and creative research that serves the community, and develops future communication experts and skilled media practitioners. There is a dynamic interaction between communication theory and media practice across digital media, journalism, creative industries, television and screen production, advertising, radio, and public relations. Undergraduate degrees and postgraduate qualifications to PhD level are offered in each of these fields.

The school has impressive state-of-the-art facilities including a fully equipped professional screen and television studio, radio station, sound and edit suites, motion capture and chroma key studio, performance studio, digital media computer labs and media centre.

The journalists’ union E tū has long been a strong advocate on behalf of working journalists to ensure they are properly paid and have fair working conditions. The union – in its previous incarnations – was one of the first to have a code of ethics for journalists and it was instrumental in setting up the New Zealand Press Council. Through its Jubilee Fund it supports strong, ethical journalism and promotes training, professional debate and recognition of outstanding journalism. The union is also a fierce advocate for press freedom and journalists’ safety. It works with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance in Australia and the International Federation of Journalists to provide support to journalists in the Asia-Pacific region.

Located near the heart of Auckland’s vibrant CBD and handy to leading retail and dining precincts, our award-winning hotel provides an elegant backdrop for meetings and celebrating special occasions. Our luxurious surroundings and outstanding service are blended with every comfort for a truly exceptional experience. From superb accommodation and dining to our contemporary spa and 24-hour fitness centre, Cordis promises a dynamic event experience with every opportunity to mix business with leisure.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cordis, Auckland for the Voyager Media Awards 2018.