2024 PRINZ Awards finalists revealed

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AUCKLAND, Today: In their milestone 50th year, PRINZ proudly announces 45 finalists across 16 categories for the prestigious PRINZ Awards, recognising excellence in New Zealand’s public relations and communications.

Denise Mackay and Andrew Pirie, Chief Judges, commend this year’s high standard of entries. Denise expresses gratitude to the judges for their dedication, while Andrew emphasises the increasing importance of PR in building trust and authenticity.

Denise says, “We’re delighted to have 45 well deserving finalists in the 2024 awards lineup. 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, and we have been surprised and delighted at how people have made the time for this important event.”

“We’re delighted to have 45 well deserving finalists in the 2024 awards lineup.”

Andrew adds, “At a time when trust in established institutions and traditional media is under pressure, the role of public relations becomes even more vital in connecting organisations with the public and stakeholders with integrity and authenticity.”

Winners, including the coveted Supreme Award recipient, will be revealed at the 2024 PRINZ Awards Gala Dinner in Auckland on May 29th. Tickets are available online.

PRINZ extends gratitude to sponsors Isentia, Robert Walters, Telum Media, and Celebrity Speakers for their continued support.

The PRINZ Awards Gala dinner will be held at the Grand Millennium on Wednesday, May 29th. Tickets are available online.

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

  • 2023 NZ Young Farmers’ events | Elliot Sim | Great Scott 
  • 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 taste of 5G | Jamie Foote | Acumen 
  • 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 | Sarah-Lee Crellin | 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 – Ka te Rāma 
  • Correct the Internet | Claudia Macdonald | Mango Communications 
  • Flexibility for farmers under new capital structure | Anna Johnstone | Fonterra 
  • Fonterra’s Climate Ambition | Katie Higgie | 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 
  • Hanmer Springs Slide | Elliot Sim | Great Scott 
  • Helping Kiwis Donate from their Doorsteps | Reilly Hodson | Acumen 
  • Huihui Mai Greater Christchurch | Elliot Sim | Great Scott 
  • I orea te tuatara ka puta ki waho? A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions | Kimberley Thompson | 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Silvereye campaign for the NZ Games 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 
  • 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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