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We have all experienced hardship across the last couple of years but with that, comes growth. After four hugely successful years, the Broadband Compare Awards are expanding and will become the NZ Compare Awards, which will now recognise excellence and achievement within New Zealand’s broadband and energy sectors. We felt it was about time.

First held in 2017 with a humble 50 guests, 2021 will see over 300 key industry members attend, what we are confident will be an incredible evening at the Hunua Rooms within Auckland cities newly refurbished Aotea Centre. 

Our categories are consumer driven and voted. It is your opportunity to be confident in the talent and vision your company has worked so hard towards. This prestigious event will recognise the companies that provide New Zealanders with the very best products and services across both industries. 

We look forward to seeing you there. 


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Entry deadline to be extended

The NZ Compare Power and Broadband Awards will now take place 16th February 2022.  Save the new date and stay tuned for updates around revised entry deadlines and timings.

We appreciate your understanding and the ongoing support from our great sponsors around the decision to postpone the NZ Compare Awards until next year.  Dates and details of entry timings and a new deadline for final submissions and judging will be communicated shortly.  If you have already completed your entry you will have the opportunity to revise your entry if required.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused in these unprecedented times.  Kia kaha. 

Entries Open: 26th August 

Public Voting Opens: 26th August

Entries Close: 27th September, 5pm

Judging Begins: 28th September 

Finalists Announced: 6th October

Public Voting Closes: 27th October, 5pm

Awards: 16th Fenruary, 6pm

The event starts at 6pm and runs until 10pm.  We'll be announcing the winners in two groups from about 7pm with a break to refuel your glasses halfway through!


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NZ Compare clients or award sponsor individual ticket — $159
Standard individual ticket — $199
Corporate table (includes ten tickets) — $1,499

* Please note prices above are exclusive of GST.
An invoice and ticketing information will be sent following confirmation of your booking. Cancellations up to 17 September 2021 will be considered for refund less a $30 +GST per ticket service fee. Cancellations beyond this date will not receive a refund. For any questions relating to ticket purchases please contact our events team on awards@nzcompare.com.

On the night

Be sure to arrive around 6pm to enjoy a host of beverages and delicious canapes. The awards will kick off from about 7pm and run until 10pm, with a break to refuel your glasses and enjoy fine dining halfway through. We intend to end the evening with beautiful desserts and great banter.

Dress code

Cocktail, this is that time to dress up. Cocktail attire is a balance between formal and casual elegance. Hint: suits and dresses are the way to go. Take a look at last year's gallery for ideas here.

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The awards will be held at the wonderful Hunua Rooms within the Aotea Centre in Auckland City Central. Close to both public transport links and the Civic Carpark from which you can enter the venue directly on level 2.

The Hunua Rooms is located at: 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD 1010, New Zealand

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Our host for the NZ Compare Awards 2021 is the talented Mike McRoberts. Sit back and relax as Mike steers us though the awards evening with the perfect blend of wit and professionalism. 

One of New Zealand's most recognisable faces, Mike McRoberts graces our TV screens bringing Kiwis nationwide, the six o'clock news bulletin with co-anchor, Samantha Hayes.

The former 60 Minutes current affairs host whose reporting career spans more than 20 years, is perhaps best known for his journalism work in some of the world's most dangerous places, covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, East Timor and the Solomon Islands and some of the world's biggest natural disasters in China, Haiti, Pakistan and South East Asia and of course the Christchurch Earthquake.

With the energy and broadband industries merging into one venue and competitive banter encouraged, we hope our awards evening will be a memorable one for our host.

Is there a fee for entering the NZ Compare Awards?

There is a fee of $99+GST per award entry.

Why is there an entry fee?

The fee we charge covers the costs of administration. We have kept this fee as low as possible, to make our awards accessible and affordable to all. Keep in mind that the reward of being shortlisted or winning your chosen category could be priceless! Get started on your entry and be recognised for your achievements for your contribution to the New Zealand Broadband and Energy sectors.

What will it cost me to attend the awards?

To attend the awards, there are three ticket types available:
1. NZ Compare clients and Sponsors can purchase tickets at $159 + GST per ticket
2. Standard tickets are $199 + GST per ticket
3. Why not bring the whole team, or treat business partners to a night out? Book a table of 10 for a discounted $1,499 + GST. 

What if my company is small?

We don’t care about size! Our awards are your company's time to let your achievements be recognised, acknowledged and maybe grab that win.

My company is not partnered with NZ Compare and brands Power Compare or Broadband Compare. How do I know the NZ Compare Awards will be impartial?

The aim of the NZ Compare brands and comparison platforms is to empower the Kiwi Consumer to compare what’s out there and make a fully informed choice when switching.  Any and all Internet or Energy Provider can enter the NZ Compare Awards as long as they meet the specific entry criteria for each category. Our judging panel consists of impartial and trusted experts, and judging is conducted in a confidential environment. Your entry will not be judged based on whether you partner with NZ Compare.

What is the format for this event?

The evening is all about mixing, mingling, networking, and recognising excellence in the energy and broadband industrys. We pride ourselves on hosting with authenticity, so expect to enjoy your evening. You will enter cocktail hour with canapes, then proceed through to be seated at your table and enjoy platters, delicious mains and petit fours. 

What is the dress code?

Cocktail, this is that time to dress up. Cocktail attire is a balance between formal and casual elegance. Hint: suits and dresses are the way to go.  

Will I be fed?

Yes! We're a responsible host and as we're going to keep your thirst quenched with beers, wine and bubbles and of course there will also be tasty food. Your ticket will include an array of delicious canapes, platters, mains and desserts. 

What are the event timings?

The event starts at 6pm and runs until 10pm.  We'll be announcing the winners in two groups from about 7pm with a break to refuel your glasses halfway through!

Entering is easy. First review the award categories and criteria then click on the below button and you’ll be directed to our dedicated award entry platform. 

The deadline for receipt of your entry is 17:00 or 5pm on 27 September 2021.

There is a fee of $99 + GST per award entry.  When you enter your registration details on the NZ Compare Awards website, an invoice will be generated and emailed to you.  This can be paid via direct payment to our bank account. The invoice is payable on the 20th of the month following the date of invoice.  Late payment or payment after the deadline may result in your entry becoming void.

GCGL will not accept additional material by email or other means unless there are exceptional circumstances and with our permission. GCGL will not accept any entry made after 17:00 on 27 September 2021. 

If you need any help, just get in touch with our awards team on awards@nzcompare.com 

Terms and conditions apply

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NZ Compare are looking to establish new partnerships with companies and organisations who share our commitment to achieving excellence for consumers in the broadband and energy sectors. Our vision is to empower the everyday Kiwi, to make fully informed decisions through comparing what’s out there. 

Partnering with NZ Compare at this year's annual awards will provide you with brand exposure, open doors for new partnerships and business relationships, and give your people, peers and business the chance to celebrate and support excellence. 

Shine the light on your vision at the NZ Compare Power and Broadband Awards.

All sponsorship packages include a comprehensive marketing plan with coverage in the lead up to, at, and following the event.

Contact a member of the sponsorship team to discuss opportunities at awards@nzcompare.com

How to become a sponsor

Whether you are looking to sponsor an award category, perhaps a photo booth, drinks or you want to discuss other ways to make an impression, we can work with you to build a bespoke sponsorship package.

It’s simple, just contact our awards team at awards@nzcompare.com and we’ll take it from there.

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Our judges have been selected for their expertise across energy, broadband, technology and media. In addition to the founders of NZ Compare we have searched far and wide across New Zealand to collate an expert judging panel made up of some of New Zealand's leading journalists, technology writers, consumer champions and industry professionals.

Our exemplary panel is 100% independent of any Internet or Power retailer and their expert views, together with the views and opinions of the New Zealand public provide the scores for awarding the winners of the 2021 NZ Compare Awards.

All award entries will be assessed by an independent panel of industry experts. Our judging panel will review and assess each entry according to the criteria and merits, taking into account all information provided. Full and completed category submissions have the best chance, so be sure to include as much information as possible and adhere to the word limit. The judging panel will then select finalists and winners for each category.

For entries to be fully assessed, it is important that you provide as much detail in your entries as possible and specifically relate this to the entry criteria for each award. Greater transparency with the judges will enable them to score you fairly. All judges are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before participating. Judges will not be involved in any categories where commercial conflict could arise.

Our panel of seasoned experts will carefully review each entry against the judging criteria. Scores are collated and discussed within groups of judges moderated by our event team where required. The judging process will take place two weeks after entries close.

Kaitlin Moeller — Senior Account Manager & Head of Programmatic at This Side Up

Kaitlin Moeller — Senior Account Manager & Head of Programmatic at This Side Up

Kaitlin began her marketing career in a publishing house located in Boulder, Colorado USA. After spending a year in Adelaide, Australia, she then relocated to New Zealand in 2016 to join the ranks of This Side Up, an award-winning Digital Performance Agency. 5 years on, she now leads the programmatic team and takes care of the larger accounts.  

From startups to established household brands, she is passionate about helping businesses of all sizes leverage the power of digital.

Directing strategic campaigns driven by cutting edge technology, Kaitlin has a keen eye for efficiency, performance, and successful data utilisation. But above all, she enjoys building relationships with clients and takes a lot of personal satisfaction in helping them achieve results to grow their businesses.

Rebecca Xuereb — Head of Strategic Partnerships for Choice Energy

Rebecca Xuereb — Head of Strategic Partnerships for Choice Energy

Rebecca Xuereb is a dynamic, strategic and passionate professional with extensive experience in the consulting and energy sectors, both locally and internationally. Over the last six years, she’s developed unparalleled expertise across managing strategic partnerships within the energy industry, working with a major energy retailer before moving onto her current role at energy firm Choice Energy.

As the Head of Strategic Partnerships for Choice Energy, Rebecca’s tactical vision, honest and pragmatic approach, and commitment to mutually- beneficial outcomes, has allowed her to successfully grow the channel portfolio to over 50 partners across New Zealand and Australia. Rebecca delights in giving back to the community. She is on the General Committee for her local tennis club, Grace Park Hawthorn Club, and along with her family, has been a registered foster carer for 10 years now. 

Gavin Male — CEO at NZ Compare

Gavin Male — CEO at NZ Compare

Gavin is the Founder and CEO of NZ Compare and it’s suite of comparison brands. Before he founded NZ Compare, Gavin worked for a range of leading online businesses in the UK, Europe and the US. A Physics graduate from the University of London who is passionate about digital marketing and comparison progression in NZ.

Gavin is a professional, experienced Managing Director and Digital Professional with over 15 years of online marketing experience and has been two times short-listed as UK Digital Entrepreneur of the Year (2013, 2014).

Gavin founded NZ Compare after relocating to New Zealand with his young family in 2014 and struggling to compare and find a suitable broadband provider for his needs and Broadband Compare, the first of the NZ Compare websites was born.

Craig Young — CEO of TUANZ

Craig Young — CEO of TUANZ

Craig is passionate about the communications industry and the opportunity it offers for improving business and personal lives in NZ. He is currently the Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Association of NZ (TUANZ), which as a member based organisation educates and advocates for the improvement of communication services across NZ. TUANZ has a proud history of providing leadership in representing the views and needs of the people and businesses that rely on communications technology every day.

In his previous role at Chorus, Craig led the multilateral engagement with industry stakeholders and customers. He was heavily involved in providing leadership in several industry sectors including Chorus' rural broadband commitments. He was responsible for the RBI Advisory Committee and has presented and represented Chorus at numerous Rural conferences. He was also heavily involved with commercial and regulatory efforts on behalf of TelstraClear in previous roles.

Matthew Jackson — Commercial Director of Alimentary Systems

Matthew Jackson — Commercial Director of Alimentary Systems

Matthew has two decades of experience commercialising disruptive technology across multiple industries, including telecommunications, media, SaaS, finance and healthcare.

As the former Commercial Director at Bypass, he helped accelerate convergence with Global Mode™, which enabled Netflix in New Zealand early. After that, they pivoted to keeping kids safe online for 20M Internet users.

In 2018 he was selected for the Edmund Hillary Fellowship for his work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. His new company, Alimentary Systems, creates value from waste with a circular system that regenerates our environment. The system converts mixed organic waste streams into bioenergy and fossil-free organic fertiliser, to keep waterways clean and decarbonise industries.

Sarah McHardy — GM of Customer at Vector Limited

Sarah McHardy — GM of Customer at Vector Limited

Sarah McHardy has extensive knowledge of the energy industry after almost 20 years in varying roles. She has worked for Energy Retailers and now is General Manager Customer for Vector Metering.

As her title suggests, Sarah is all about the best outcome for customers; Vector Metering customers and their customers. Sarah is excited about the challenges that we’ll face as we head into the new energy future and looks forward to seeing what this means for us all.

Alex Grace — CTO of NZ Compare

Alex Grace — CTO of NZ Compare

Alex is the CTO of NZ Compare and it’s suite of comparison brands, New Zealand's only comprehensive online comparison websites. Before founding NZ Compare, Alex worked for a range of leading online businesses in Russia for 5 years where he launched several successful online projects.

Relocating to New Zealand in 2014, Alex studied IT at Regent International Education Group and graduated in 2015. A very keen online gamer and all round technical wizard, Alex has very high demands around his broadband connection to the everyday Kiwi consumer. This perspective and day to day involvement in working with New Zealand retailers makes him a valuable addition to the Judging Panel.

Tom Pullar-Strecker — Senior Journalist at STUFF

Tom Pullar-Strecker — Senior Journalist at STUFF

Tom Pullar-Strecker was educated at Oxford University and has worked as a reporter and editor for the past 30 years, in the UK, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Australia, contributing to publications including Britain's The Independent newspaper and Economist Group publications before moving to Wellington.Tom is a former editor of The Dominion Post's NZ InfoTech and has a key interest in reporting about the intersection between economics, technology and public policy.

Most recently, Tom is based as a senior business journalist for Stuff. He has had a specialisation in telecommunications and technology reporting for much of his career, winning the TUANZ Telecommunications Editor of the year award in 2010.

Phil Campbell — Director at UBS

Phil Campbell — Director at UBS

For over 20 years Phil has been an equity analyst valuing listed telecom companies in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Between 2010 to 2017 he worked as planning director and CFO for Crown Infrastructure Partners through which he was intimately involved in the roll out and wholesale pricing for NZ's Ultrafast Fibre Network. Now the Director of UBS, a global firm providing financial services to private, corporate and institutional clients. In his spare time, Phil loves socialising, traveling and talking about broadband!

Bill Bennett — Freelance Journalist for the NZ Herald & NZ Business

Bill Bennett — Freelance Journalist for the NZ Herald & NZ Business

Bill Bennett is an experienced editor and journalist specialising in technology and business. He writes business and news features for the New Zealand Herald, a monthly technology column for the NZ Business magazine, and is a regular on Radio NZ Nine-to-Noon. Recently, Bill has also edited The Download magazine for Chorus.

Bennett has written for many overseas titles including Computer Weekly in the UK and PC Magazine in the US. He has previously worked for Australia and New Zealand’s best known newspapers including; The Dominion, The Evening Post (now Dominion-Post), The National Business Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age and The Australian Financial Review. He has been a technology commentator on ABC radio, the BBC, Channel 7, 2ZB, TVNZ and TV3 in New Zealand.

Karen Tobeck — Director at Monteck Carter

Karen Tobeck — Director at Monteck Carter

As a director of Monteck Carter, Karen is responsible for developing strategy around marketing and communications within this accounting and business development firm. Her client focus is working in the taxation and advisory roles with her clients.

Being a business owner for the past 30 years, means Karen brings a wealth of experience in running and growing small businesses in NZ. Communication and technology play a major part in assisting her clients to develop and grow. Karen has a Bachelor of Business and a Master’s in Taxation Studies from Auckland University. Her client portfolio is varied across many sectors of NZ business, giving her vast experience when it comes to overseeing her own busy accounting practice.

Karen brings many years of experience in customer service and knowing how to retain clients in a changing business world both with client expectations and the advancements in technology.

Nicole Crump — Head of Marketing at AdviceFirst

Nicole Crump — Head of Marketing at AdviceFirst

As a former founder of Tactix and now Marketing and Customer Insights Manager for AdviceFirst after the acquisition of Tactix, Nicole’s focus is on the generation of meaningful consumer insights to guide the development of effective sales channels, and marketing strategies to ultimately grow businesses. 

With over 25 years experience in both marketing and research roles, Nicole has proven results across a large range of industries and has a specific interest and focus on the communications, broadband and ICT industries where she has been responsible for growth of companies in NZ and Pacific Islands.

Vanessa Williams — GM of Marketing & Media at Realestate.co.nz

Vanessa Williams — GM of Marketing & Media at Realestate.co.nz

Having lived and breathed marketing for over 10 years, Vanessa has experience working for multi-national companies in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Making the jump over to the world of sales, Vanessa has combined her strategic marketing background with her passion for the thrill of the sale. 

As the General Manager of Marketing and Media at realestate.co.nz, Vanessa believes there is no such thing as 'because that's the way we do it'. "Let's break the process, keep it simple, automate if possible and do it all for our customers".

Jess Henderson — Director of Movinghub NZ

Jess Henderson — Director of Movinghub NZ

Jess Henderson is a Director of Movinghub NZ; New Zealand’s leading moving services company and a global leader in SaaS and PropTech solutions specialising in helping people move home with ease. Jess has extensive sales and marketing experience; working with global brands such as The Body Shop and Adidas before embarking on a purpose driven journey to reinvent the way people move home.

Operating in four markets, Movinghub has moved +1.5 million people (and counting); providing a free service to arrange the connection of multiple utility services at a new home, in one place.
Working with leading service providers to get the job done, it’s fair to say Jess has a wealth of knowledge of the power and broadband sectors and more importantly, understands what it means to deliver excellence.

David Morrison — CEO at Thankyou Payroll

David Morrison — CEO at Thankyou Payroll

David is the CEO at Thankyou Payroll, a purpose driven Payroll SAAS company that delivers beyond a focus solely on profit.  Alongside its core business of payroll services for thousands of organisations, Thankyou  Payroll believes businesses can be better, embedding sustainable impact and generosity into how they go about their work. 

In recent years David was the Commercial Director at InternetNZ, the home of the National Broadband Map. The National Broadband Map is an InternetNZ service and the only independent website that maps all fibre, VDSL, ADSL, Cable and Fixed Wireless coverage across New Zealand. 

Outside of work you can find David paddling in a surf ski and chasing waves across Wellington Harbour.

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16 February @ 6:00 pm
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Dates for your calendar

  • 26.08.2021 Entries Open
  • 26.08.2021 Public Voting Opens
  • 27.09.2021 Entries Close
  • 28.09.2021 Judging Begins
  • 06.10.2021 Finalists Announced
  • 27.10.2021 Public Voting Closes
  • 16.02.2022 Awards

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