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The 2017 Canon Media Awards are proudly supported by naming rights sponsor Canon New Zealand Limited. Canon has a proud association with New Zealand's print media awards dating back to 2006 when the company began sponsoring the photographic section of the then Qantas Media Awards. Canon, one of the world’s largest imaging brands and supplier to many of New Zealand’s top photo journalists, took over the primary naming sponsorship in 2011.

A word from Canon
Canon is proud to be partnering with the NPA as principal sponsor of the prestigious Canon Media Awards. 2017 will bring Canon to its 11th year of association with the Awards. It has been an honour to support such an outstanding event and celebrate the people who shape this country’s media landscape over this time. 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.

Supporting sponsors


New Zealand’s largest magazine publisher, Bauer came onto the sponsors’ list in 2014 and makes 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.


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 of newsprint and kraft pulp 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 telephone directory requirements as well as around 30 percent of Australia’s newsprint needs. The balance of production is exported throughout 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.


nib health funds was a significant new partner for the Canon Media Awards in 2016. As the second largest health insurer in New Zealand, nib entered the local market three 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 Canon Media awards presentation dinner in Auckland on Friday, 19 May 2017.

With more than 60 years’ experience, 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 Canon Media Awards will allow nib to help uncover and tackle the challenges facing the New Zealand health system by providing local journalists with the opportunity to explore these topics further.


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, the news production outsourcing business owned and operated by Australia’s national news agency has also assisted New Zealand publishers to reduce costs while providing jobs to local journalists and editors. Now, the 81 year-old Australian Associated Press is proud to step aboard as a sponsor of New Zealand’s premier media awards for excellence. More than a commercial connection, we share an enduring commitment to quality independent journalism and press freedoms.


Coming on board as a sponsor of Website of the Year in 2015 Google whose brand has, in a short space of time, become one of the most recognised in the world. Google describes itself as “a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information”. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property. Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph. D students at Stanford University. Operating out of the garage of a friend, they incorporated Google as a privately held company in 1998 with an IPO following in 2004. Its mission statement from the outset was “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. It’s unofficial slogan was “Don’t be evil”. In May 2011, the number of monthly unique visitors to Google passed one billion for the first time, and annual revenues topped US$50 billion in January 2013. The company is based in Mountain View, California, in buildings nicknamed the Googleplex.


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.

We are proud to be a sponsor of the Canon 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.


Webstar, one of New Zealand’s leading print communications companies, specialises in high-volume, high-quality catalogues, magazines and directories delivered to millions of New Zealand homes and businesses each week. We operate two of New Zealand’s leading commercial web print facilities in Masterton and Auckland.

We offer multi-platform solutions which span all areas of print and digital media. Part of the Blue Star group, we’re all about delivering high-volume product to the market at rapid speed. We work with our clients to achieve innovative and targeted media solutions.

Since our formation in 1997 as part of the Blue Star Print Group, a continual investment in technology, resources and people has allowed us to grow and flourish.

Webstar wishes all the entrants to the 2017 Canon Media Awards the best of luck.


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. Voted New Zealand’s Best Hotel at the 2016 HM Awards, 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, The Langham, Auckland promises a dynamic event experience with every opportunity to mix business with leisure.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Langham, Auckland for the Canon Media Awards 2017.


Auckland University of Technology was established in 2001 and is the newest, and fastest growing of New Zealand’s universities. As ‘The University of the Changing World’ it is young, vibrant and future focused offering outstanding opportunities for development and innovation.

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 advances knowledge, 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.


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.


The New Zealand Cartoon Archive began in 1992 as a partnership between the NZ Cartoon Archive Trust, chaired by Ian F. Grant, and the Alexander Turnbull Library at the National Library of NZ in Wellington.

The Turnbull processed, indexed, conserved and archived the growing collection of historical and current editorial cartoons from newspapers and magazines, and the Trust raised money to fund day-to-day operations and publish and exhibit material from the collection. Since 2005, when the Turnbull Library took full control of the NZ Cartoon Archive, the Trust’s accumulated funds, largely from books and exhibitions, have been administered by the Guardians of the NZ Cartoon Archive There are over 50,000 cartoon images in the collection and the NZ Cartoon Archive has, to date, curated 15 exhibitions and published six books. Cartoons from the collection are widely used in books and other publications and there is increasing academic acknowledgement of the importance of political cartoons as historical sources.

The Guardians of the NZ Cartoon Archive is sponsoring the 2017 Canon Cartoonist of the Year Award.


The Wine Portfolio is home to 11 distinct brands; Leveret Estate, Falconhead, Coniglio, Mimi, IQ sparkling wines, Nikau Point, Mill Road, Southern Dawn, Penny Lane, Southern Cross and Cathedral Cove.

We have taken the boutique winery approach to winemaking by controlling the entire process – from grafting our own cuttings, developing our own vineyards and viticultural techniques, and investing in the best technology possible. The grand, ornately rounded gables of The Wine Portfolio’s cellar door are a distinctive feature of the lush green pastures of Katikati, New Zealand. Since 1978 the estate has been a place where wine making is seen as an art, not just a business, and new styles and flavours are always just around the corner.


The Moa Brewing Company was founded in 2003 by Josh Scott, the son of renowned Marlborough winemaker Allan Scott, with a focus on brewing super premium handcrafted beers. The Moa brewery is situated among the vineyards in the world famous wine making region of Marlborough, which isn’t surprising considering Josh is also a winemaker and according to him, “It takes a lot of beer to make a good wine”. The name “Moa” (pronounced “more”) also derives from the region as early settlers to the area hunted Moa (New Zealand’s extinct giant flightless bird), which were in huge abundance in the Wairau Valley. Josh even hand delivered early trial brews to archaeologists working a Moa bone dig near the brewery. Unlike the Moa, the archaeologists survived.

The international multi-award winning range of Moa beers and ciders are proudly brewed using traditional, costly, inefficient and labour intensive techniques with a focus on local ingredients, including internationally renowned New Zealand hops. Made the way beer used to be made before everyone started making it differently, most of our beers are rounded of through the use of wine making techniques, such as bottle conditioning where a small amount of active yeast and priming sugar is added to the brew just before bottling (like Champagne). This is why you may find some sediment at the bottom of each bottle. This traditional technique naturally carbonates the beer, significantly enhances shelf life and longevity, creates dynamic and complex flavours that change over time (like a good wine), and gives the beer an elegant, champagne-like mouth feel.

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