Following judging by 38 senior public relations and communications practitioners, the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) has announced 25 finalists for the 2019 awards.
The awards are designed to recognise outstanding public relations work and highlight the importance of good communications across every aspect of society. This is reflected in categories which range from marketing communications and government relations, to not-for-profit and communicating in diversity. For the 2019 awards, PRINZ is also introducing a new category: 'PR In-House Team of the Year'.
Chief judge and PRINZ fellow Kate Woodruffe says the awards recognise and celebrate the value that public relations professionals add to their organisations and committees.
"In today’s environment, organisations face high levels of public scrutiny, and expectations of transparency and social responsibility," she says.
"Public relations professionals play a critical role in helping organisations navigate this environment successfully by encouraging good business decisions as well as effective communication. The PRINZ Awards showcase the diverse range of success stories generated by our members."
Winners from the majority of categories will be eligible for the coveted 'Supreme Award', which will be revealed at the Awards Gala Dinner in Wellington at the Beehive on Thursday 25 July.
No finalists are announced in the 'PR Consultancy of the Year' or 'In-House Team of the Year' categories.
2019 PRINZ Awards finalists
- 2degrees #GoodChat – Claudia Macdonald, Holly Hatch-Stevens, Max Burt, Mango Communications; Katherine Cornish, Mathew Bolland, 2degrees
- A calm urgency: securing whānau approval for 600+ legal changes – Ariane Adam, Angela Campbell, Scott Campbell, Campbell Squared Communications
- A Conversation Starter for Testicular Cancer – Katie Smith, FCB New Zealand
- A new horizon: moving ProCare from corporate to co-operative – Scott Campbell, Angela Campbell, Ariane Adam, Campbell Squared Communications
- Are We There Yet? Women and Equality in Aotearoa – Bex Martelletti, Auckland Museum
- Bananaworks’ cultural cocktail smooths Customs issue for Asian visitors – Eva Li, Kenneth Wang, Lucy Ong, Bananaworks Communications
- Fly Your Drone – Using wit to regulate unwitting pilots – Kelly Gage, Mike Richards, Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ)
- Leading the way in reducing plastic at checkouts – Daniel Chasemore, Countdown
- Maungatapu Underpass Community Day – Amanda Weatherley, Claire Pedersen-Croll, Natalie Mankelow, New Zealand Transport Agency
- Never too young – creating a conversation about bowel cancer – Chelsea Halliwell, Resolve Communications
- Rescusing Husky Rescue – Erin Jamieson, Leigh Harris, Lisa-Marie Richan, Rebecca Dunlay, Steve Attwood, Convergence Communications and Marketing
- Transparency and tikanga – weaving a path for a divided iwi – Jessica Cushing, Scott Campbell, Angela Campbell, Campbell Squared Communications
- Wave Nine – Invest in Your Whānau – Ranae Niven, Te Pūtahitanga
- Seizing the moment: World Vegan Day – Chloe Ogilvie, Amy Richardson, Colin Espiner, Justene Taua, Rebecca Foote, SKYCITY Entertainment Group
- Spark Goes Agile: Not Just Another Damn Restructure – Anaru Tuhi, Andrew Pirie, Ellie Cross, Michelle Baguley, Todd Parker, Spark New Zealand
- Spark’s Kupu encourages Kiwis to give Te reo Māori a go – Anaru Tuhi, Ellie Cross, Spark New Zealand
- You can’t make a glacier lie – Rory Newsam, Sarah Fraser, NIWA
Sally Logan-Milne Young Practitioner of the Year Award finalists
- Cassie Arauzo, Spark New Zealand
- Sarah George, Internet New Zealand