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

New Zealand internet provider Voyager is pleased to become the naming sponsor for the Voyager Media Awards in a world where both new technology and the way in which news is delivered is evolving rapidly.

Entrepreneur Seeby Woodhouse founded Voyager Internet in 2011 and since then has built the business to a turnover of more than $24 million. In 2014 Voyager topped the Deloitte Fast 50 as New Zealand’s fastest growing company with 1391% growth.

Voyager specialises 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 MetroNorth & SouthWoman’s DayNextHome and Taste. Recent additions have been the Listener and NZ Woman’s Weekly.


The relationship that Australian Associated Press and New Zealand media has enjoyed for more than 60 years grows deeper as the industry continues to reinvent itself. AAP’s trusted Australian and international 24/7 newswires have been strengthened by its creation of an independent New Zealand breaking news service. Together they have provided a cost-effective news solution to traditional and digital publishers and broadcasters seeking to enrich coverage across more media and social platforms.
Meanwhile, Pagemasters, AAP’s news production outsourcing business has also assisted New Zealand publishers to reduce costs while providing jobs to local journalists and editors.  More than a commercial connection, we share an enduring commitment to quality independent journalism and press freedoms.



nib health funds was a significant new partner for the Voyager Media Awards in 2016. As the second largest health insurer in New Zealand, nib entered the local market four years ago with the acquisition of Tower Medical.

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.



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.

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.

We are proud to be a sponsor of the Voyager Media Awards.


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.


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.

The Print Media Copyright Agency (PMCA) is a trading name of the NZ Press Association Ltd and was established in 2003 to provide licences to organisations wanting to utilise articles appearing in newspapers and magazines.

From April 2016, the PMCA’s mandate has been extended to include member publishers’ electronic publications.

All material published by members of the print media is protected by copyright. The PMCA’s role is to ensure that copyright is respected and its value is appropriately recognised.

The PMCA works in conjunction with the Newspaper Publishers' Association (NPA) – the trade association of the New Zealand newspaper industry


A dairy farmer and a journalist walk into a café. 

“Hey mate,” says the farmer, “what’ve you been up to?”.

The journalist replies “working some long hours, chasing deadlines, being a team player…”

“Funny that,” says the farmer, “me too.” 

Just like the media delivering quality product, dairy farmers do the same, but with the food New Zealanders love: cheese, butter, ice cream, the froth on a latte, a long cool glass of milk. 

And like most journalists, the vast majority of farmers are also passionate about protecting New Zealand’s beautiful environment for future generations to enjoy. 

Dairy farmers, via DairyNZ, are pleased to sponsor the 2018 Regional Journalist of the Year Award.  

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.



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.

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Norske Skog, previously Fletcher Paper and before that, Tasman Pulp and Paper Company, has been a long-term supporter of the awards, going back to the mid-1980s. Founded in 1952, the New Zealand unit commenced production at its Kawerau mill in the Bay of Plenty in 1955. Annual paper production is more than 100,000 tonnes. The mill uses plantation radiata pine and supplies most of New Zealand’s newsprint and phone directory requirements as well as around 30 percent of Australia’s newsprint needs. The balance of production is exported to Asia and the South Pacific. Managing the company’s relationship with NZ publishers and printers is senior manager Willie Townend, well-known in publishing circles and a regular attendee at the awards night.


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.

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.