Finalists announced for the 2024 PRINZ Awards

In a year where The Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) are marking the milestone of their 50th Annual PRINZ Awards they are delighted to announce 45 finalists from across 16 categories for this year’s prestigious awards.

The PRINZ Awards recognise excellence, promote continuous improvement, and showcase the outstanding work achieved by public relations and communications management professionals in New Zealand. The awards are designed to recognise and highlight the importance of good communications across every aspect of society. This is reflected in categories which range from corporate and business public relations, to best use of digital and social media.

The selection follows a rigorous judging process involving more than 50 senior public relations and communications professionals from Aotearoa and Australia, overseen by returning Chief Judges, Denise Mackay, FPRINZ, and Andrew Pirie, FPRINZ. Denise and Andrew both agree that this year’s entries are of a very high standard.

Denise says “We’re delighted to have 45 well deserving finalists in the 2024 awards line up. We appreciate there is a great deal going on in our sector at the moment. Pulling a great award entry together takes a good deal of effort. We have been surprised and delighted at how people have made the time for this important event.

“We’d also like to acknowledge and thank the over 50 voluntary judges who generously gave their time to help us with the review process. Your professional expertise, commitment and passion for the PR and communications kaupapa is deeply appreciated. We couldn’t do it without you.”

Andrew added “at a time when trust in established institutions and traditional media is under pressure, the role of public relations becomes even more vital – helping organisations to connect and engage with the public and stakeholders with integrity and authenticity”.

Winners of all categories (except PR Consultancy of the Year, PR In-house Team of the Year, and Sally Logan-Milne Young Practitioner of the Year) are eligible for the coveted ‘Supreme Award’. The Supreme Award winner will be announced at the 2024 PRINZ Awards Gala Dinner.

The PRINZ Awards Gala dinner in Auckland will be held at the Grand Millennium on Wednesday 29th May. Tickets are available here. PRINZ also acknowledges the support of their loyal Awards sponsors Isentia, Robert Walters, Telum Media and Celebrity Speakers.

The 2024 PRINZ Awards campaign category finalists are as follows (in alphabetical order by entry title)

  • 25-years of Te Ratonga Toto O Aotearoa New Zealand Blood Service: Celebrating a lifesaving story | Janine Kendall | New Zealand Blood Service 
  • A Master Plan for an airport our community can be proud of | Catherine Nind | Queenstown Airport 
  • A research-led solution that worked for users and ANZCO | Janet Wright | ANZCO Foods 
  • A technology leap forward | Janet Wright | ANZCO Foods 
  • Advocating for Change: Elevating the Hospitality Industry through Government Partnership | Becky Erwood | Restaurant Association of New Zealand
  • Ahu Ake – A spatial plan for Waipā, like never seen before | Regan Powell | Beca  
  • Building trust and confidence online for the 2023 Census | Sebastian Boyle | Statistics New Zealand 
  • Communicating to customers and stakeholders in stormy times | Rachel Hughes | Watercare Services 
  • Constructing Culture through Values Campaign | Hannah McKnight | Switched On Group – Kā te Rama
  • Correct the Internet | Claudia Macdonald | Mango Communications 
  • Flexibility for farmers under new capital structure | Cilla Duncan | Fonterra 
  • Fonterra’s Climate Ambition | Anna Johnstone | Fonterra 
  • FundaPen campaign – A triumph for Aotearoa’s anaphylaxis sufferers | Michele Hider | Priority Communications   
  • Growing up in public: Binance NZ’s journey from crypto disruptor to mature financial services provider | Max Burt | One Plus One Communications
  • Huihui Mai: bringing Waitaha together to plan our future | Donovan Ryan | Great Scott
  • I orea te tuatara ka puta ki waho? A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions | ProCare 
  • It Takes A Crew To Save A Life | Kimberley Waters | Coastguard New Zealand
  • Kordia’s Business Cyber Security Report | Sally Vernon | Kordia 
  • Lifting Aotearoa’s sights to greater sustainable transport opportunities | Chanelle Nottle | Anthem  
  • Lowering fees for Wellington sports players | Fiann Blackham | Blackland Public Relations
  • NOT out with the old, but in with the new | Rebecca Kinraid | Cherry Red Consulting Ltd
  • One for the wāhine – a stunning victory for NZ Young Farmers | Emily Murphy | Great Scott 
  • Paving a new path for Palmy’s most dangerous street | Sam Kilmister | Palmerston North City Council 
  • Port turn-around: Reversing years of declining favourability | Julie Wagener | Port of Auckland Ltd 
  • Power to the People | Kim Parker | Unison Networks Ltd 
  • Putting the springs in Hanmer’s new slides | Josie Cochrane | Great Scott 
  • Reframing perceptions through media and community engagement | Aaron Rees | Development West Coast  
  • Return of the Kōtuku: a media campaign takes flight | Aaron Rees | Development West Coast  
  • Rising above: Maintaining business reputation following a natural disaster | Kimberley Moody | Pan Pac Forest Products
  • Samsung: A taste of 5G | Jamie Foote | Acumen 
  • Silvereye campaign for the NZ Game Developers Association | Conor English | Silvereye Communications 
  • Supercharging our intranet | James Barnett | NZ Super Fund 
  • The Domino Effect | Hannah Kronast | Anthem 
  • This is empowering our people. This is the Kiwibank Wardrobe | Marie Horsford | Kiwibank Limited
  • Uber: Helping Kiwis Donate from their Doorsteps | Reilly Hodson | Acumen 
  • West Coast Wikipedian at Large | Aaron Rees | Development West Coast  

PR Consultancy of the Year – Large – Finalists  

  • One Plus One Communications 
  • Special PR 

PR Consultancy of the Year – Small to Medium – Finalists 

  • Campbell + Co
  • Little & Loud 
  • Scope Communications 

PR In House Team of the Year – Finalists 

  • Development West Coast 
  • Invercargill City Council 

Sally Logan-Milne Young Practitioner of the Year Award – Finalists 

  • Briar Robb | Eastland Port  
  • Lebron Davis | One Plus One Communications  

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