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Year 7 of the NZ Compare Awards will take place on November 30th 2023 as we return once again to the Hunua Rooms in Auckland for a gala celebration of all things Broadband, Power and Mobile - do not miss the biggest and best night in the NZ utilities calendar! 

The NZ Compare Awards is an annual event that celebrates excellence and innovation in the New Zealand telecommunications, utilities, and finance industries. The awards were established in 2017 by NZ Compare, a leading comparison website that helps consumers make informed decisions about their service providers.

The NZ Compare Awards recognize businesses that have demonstrated outstanding performance in a range of categories, including customer service, product innovation, and sustainability. The categories are designed to showcase the diverse range of services provided by companies in the telecommunications, utilities, and broadband sectors.

The awards are judged by a panel of independent experts who have extensive knowledge and experience in the relevant industries. The judges assess each nominee based on a set of criteria that are specific to each category. The judging process is rigorous and transparent, ensuring that the winners truly deserve the recognition.

The NZ Compare Awards provide an opportunity for companies to showcase their achievements and to be recognized by their peers and customers. Winning an award can help businesses to build brand recognition, increase customer loyalty, and attract new customers.

The NZ Compare Awards ceremony is a highly anticipated event in the New Zealand business community, attracting a wide range of attendees from across the country. The ceremony is a celebration of excellence and innovation in the telecommunications, utilities, and broadband industries and provides a platform for networking and collaboration.

The NZ Compare Awards play an important role in recognizing and celebrating the achievements of businesses in the New Zealand telecommunications, utilities, and broadband industries. They provide a valuable opportunity for companies to showcase their innovation, excellence, and commitment to sustainability and customer service.

The NZ Compare Power, Broadband & Mobile Awards will take place on November 30th 2023 - Save the date!

We are excited and committed to hosting another awesome night to celebrate the best in the NZ utilities sectors. 

The key dates for your diary are outlined below. 

Entries Open: 3rd August 2023

Entries Close: 17th October 2023, 5pm

Judging Begins: 23rd October 2023

Finalists Announced: 1st November 2023

Public Voting Opens: 17th October 2023

Public Voting Closes: 17th November 2023, 5pm

Gala Awards Event: 30th November 2023, 6pm

The event starts at 6pm and runs until 10:30pm.  Join us there!


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We are excited to spend an evening celebrating the winners and finalists of the NZ Compare Power, Broadband & Mobile Awards 2023.

Tickets can be purchased online via credit/debit card or contact your account manager to arrange invoicing.

NZ Compare Partner/Client Ticket - $199.00 

Standard Ticket - $249.00

Group Table Ticket x 10 - $1,899.00 - SAVE 5%

Tickets offer great value for unlimited networking, amazing food, a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and great entertainment with our esteemed host Mike McRoberts who is back for a second year.

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We were excited to spend an evening celebrating the winners and finalists of the NZ Compare Power, Broadband and Mobile Awards 2023.

The Gala Awards night will be hosted at the Hunua Rooms in the Aotea Centre in Central Auckland and run from 6pm to 10:30pm

The Hunua Rooms are located in the Aotea Centre, the flagship among ten iconic venues for Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events. Located in the heart of Auckland city, Aotea Centre is a vibrant home for performing arts in the city as well as an ideal venue for conferences, trade shows, meetings, gala dinners, cocktail functions and more.  Aotea Centre's location in the heart of Auckland city, means it is within easy walking distance of a wide range of public transport options as well as integrated car parking in the Civic Car Park located at the corner of Greys Ave & Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010.

Address:  Hunua Rooms, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland

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Website:  Hunua Rooms

Mike McRoberts is BACK to host the NZ Compare Awards for a second year.  Following his debut in 2022, feedback was very positive and anyone we asked was keen to see Mike back for another year... so he is!

A great professional with witty banter and some great anecdotes, the evening is sure to be memorable and run smoothly once again!

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

We use a specialist online awards engine for submission of entries and judging. Entries open August 3rd 2023.

Simply click through, register and complete the relevant sections in the appropriate entry form.  Upload any associated documents and submit. 

Your entry will be checked and you will then be forwarded an invoice for the number of entries you have made.  This invoice can be paid by bank transfer or online with credit or debit card. 

Is there a fee for entering the NZ Compare Awards?

There is a fee of $139 + 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, Energy and Mobile sectors.

What will it cost me to attend the awards?

To attend the awards, there are three ticket types available - costs are TBC:
1. NZ Compare clients and Sponsors can purchase tickets at $199 + GST per ticket
2. Standard tickets are $249 + 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 $1,899 + GST. 

What if my company is small?

Like the common phrase... size doesn't matter!  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, Energy or Mobile Providers 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, broadband and mobile industries. 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 10:30pm.  We'll be announcing the winners in two groups from about 7pm with a comfort break halfway through!


What's that?  Long gone and life is normal... but should anything bizarre happen, the organisers will run the event in accordance with any COVID-19 Protection Framework or may postpone or run the event online should lockdowns be in place. Your ticket will remain valid. 


The NZ Compare Awards offer great value and exposure to a hugely relevant and engaged audience.  We are looking to establish new partnerships with companies and organisations who share our commitment to achieving excellence for consumers in the broadband, energy and mobile 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 the annual NZ Compare 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, Broadband and Mobile Awards.

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

You can download our Sponsorship Prospectus here or contact a member of the sponsorship team to discuss opportunities at

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 and we’ll take it from there.

Download prospectus

Judges for 2023 have been selected for their expertise across energy, broadband, mobile, technology and media. In addition to the senior team at NZ Compare we have collated 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, Power or Mobile retailer and their expert views, together with the opinions of the Kiwi public provide the scores for awarding the winners of the 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.

Katie Brown - Founder & Director of Social Good

Katie Brown - Founder & Director of Social Good

Katie Brown has worked in government & private sector in leadership roles in digital & communications for over 18 years. Her business Social Good is focused on using social media and digital channels for good. Passionate about Māori thriving, she co-founded Te Hapori Matihiko, a community for Māori in digital and tech.

David Court - Founder of

David Court - Founder of

David Court is the founder of, a platform focused on delivering clear, jargon-free tech news and insights for the New Zealand audience. With over 15 years experience in the industry (back in the UK), David has guided millions of readers through the often-confusing world of tech and hopes to do the same here in NZ.

Daimler Teves - Marketing Director at OPPO New Zealand

Daimler Teves - Marketing Director at OPPO New Zealand

Daimler Teves is the Marketing Director of OPPO New Zealand, a global smartphone and smart devices brand. OPPO has been in New Zealand since 2017 and has grown from strength to strength, having been firmly established as the third biggest smartphone brand in the market.Daimler has been in the marketing industry for nearly 20 years in NZ, Canada and Ireland, and has been across several industries, including banking, consumer electronics, telecommunications and building and hardware.

Nadia Tolich - Managing Director at Stuff Digital

Nadia Tolich - Managing Director at Stuff Digital

Nadia Tolich is the Managing Director of Stuff Digital, in charge of, Neighbourly, and the rapidly growing audio division. She is an award-winning news and content leader with over two decades of experience in journalism, production, and management across audio, television, digital, social, and print platforms.


Darren McLean - Head of Sales & Service at Chorus NZ Ltd

Darren McLean - Head of Sales & Service at Chorus NZ Ltd

Darren has more than 20 years’ experience in Telecommunications leadership roles across 8 international markets with experience in mobile, financial services, fixed line, ICT and pay TV services. As a former CEO for Digicel Pacific Ltd Darren helped to established a winning product portfolio to gain share in highly competitive markets across the region including the acquisition of Sky Pacific for the group. Darren is passionate about sales leadership, marketing, and delivering great customer experiences. He currently leads the Sales & Service team for Chorus NZ Ltd after having spent the previous 14 years overseas in Ireland and the Pacific. In his spare time Darren loves to explore new music and discover new parts of New Zealand.

Christine Rupp - Chair of Counties Energy Trust

Christine Rupp - Chair of Counties Energy Trust

Christine’s involvement in the electricity industry spans over 20 years.  Currently she is Chair of Counties Energy Trust which is the owner of Counties Energy Ltd.

Counties Energy is not only a network distribution company but an industry leader in bringing new technology to deliver improved services to its customers in an area covering South Auckland and North Waikato.    Christine is active in a variety of Industry and commercial related activities including Deputy Chair of ETNZ (Energy Trusts of NZ Association) and a director of 2 companies.

She brings previous experience from Banking, Finance and Customer Service management roles here in NZ and also the UK and Middle East. Christine also utilizes her commercial experience for sports and non-profit roles in her community.

Bronwyn Scott - General Manager of Digital Future Aotearoa / Project Manager at Recycle A Device

Bronwyn Scott - General Manager of Digital Future Aotearoa / Project Manager at Recycle A Device

Raised in Bridge Pa, Te Matau-a-Māui (Hawkes Bay), Bronwyn was always looking skyward, leading to a career as a commercial pilot and flying instructor before diverting into the world of technology as a contracts specialist, team leader and project manager. 

As someone who is passionate about bridging the digital divide, Bronwyn is the General Manager of Digital Future Aotearoa, a charitable trust dedicated to upskilling our tamariki and rangatahi so they're able to thrive in the increasingly digital world we live in.  She's also part of the Digital Equity Coalition Aotearoa (DECA) and is Co-Chair of two constellations:  Digital devices and inclusion, and the Waitaha Regional Digital Equity Group.

Avril Pereira — Group Manager Communications & Marketing Northpower

Avril Pereira — Group Manager Communications & Marketing Northpower

Avril brings extensive infrastrucure sector experience to her role leading the marketing and communications for Northpower and Northpower Fibre.

She is passionate, energetic and a highly experienced performance and delivery champion, with a focus on people, and stakeholder engagement.

A personable leader with wide ranging experience in leading and managing cross functional teams to develop and deliver solutions for both internal and external customers, to achieve growth, enhance brand and reputation in a competitive and changing business environment.

Vanessa Williams — GM of Marketing & Media at

Vanessa Williams — GM of Marketing & Media at

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, 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.

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.

Nicole Crump — Growth Specialist at Zib Digital

Nicole Crump — Growth Specialist at Zib Digital

Nicole Crump is a Growth Specialist for Zib Digital, a globally recognised digital agency making its mark in New Zealand & Australia. Since 2010, Zib has remained 100% family owned, and continues to power up businesses seeking advanced digital strategies for accelerated growth.

Nicole has extensive marketing, sales and research experience acquired domestically and in international settings. She has worked alongside many local broadband and power providers over the years developing impactful strategies to fuel business expansion.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Sarah McHardy — GM Customer at Lodestone Energy

Sarah McHardy — GM Customer at Lodestone Energy

Sarah’s current role as General Manager Customer at Lodestone Energy, New Zealand’s largest grid scale solar energy company, utilises all her experience gained while at Genesis Energy and Vector Metering. Her drive for customer centricity has been gained over her more than 20 years in the energy industry. During her time at Genesis and Vector Metering she developed core strengths in business development, relationship management, marketing and commercial strategy.

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.

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 Technology Users 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.

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Dates for your calendar

  • 03.08.2023 Entries Open
  • 17.10.2023 Public Voting Opens
  • 17.10.2023 Entries Close
  • 23.10.2023 Judging Begins
  • 02.11.2023 Finalists Announced
  • 17.11.2023 Public Voting Closes
  • 30.11.2023 Gala Awards Night

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