Voyager Media Awards

Since 2018, Voyager has been the premier sponsor of the New Zealand Media Awards. The Voyager Media Awards celebrate and recognise excellence in New Zealand journalism and are managed and promoted by the News Publishers' Association.

Held annually, the Voyager Media Awards encourage, showcase and acknowledge the best of New Zealand’s news media across all platforms. They recognise the work of journalists, reporters, feature writers, columnists, cartoonists, reviewers, photographers and video journalists, culminating in a celebration of the winners in May.

Voyager is proud to support an initiative that celebrates journalistic excellence in New Zealand. With the rate at which news is shared and consumed digitally, we – as a telecommunications provider – are a natural fit.

Do the right thing, always do your best, and help others; these are our core values, which we see as aligning closely with the ethos of the New Zealand media, which works hard to deliver credible, informative, and well-balanced news to the public.

By lauding the talent, transparency, honesty, and service delivered by New Zealand’s best media, we are proud to play a part in recognising their dedication to public service with these awards, and see our sponsorship as helping to showcase and celebrate this talent in a fast-changing digital world.

Sponsored Award Winners 2020

Voyager Website of the Year

WINNER: NZ Herald/NZME

JUDGES: Alex Spence, John Baker and Joseph Barratt ‘This was an incredibly strong field in 2019, but it was the Herald which impressed the judges most, owing to a bold strategy for expanding its audience and a powerhouse news operation that dominated the biggest moments of an eventful year.’

Voyager Reporter of the Year

WINNER: Guyon Espiner – RNZ

JUDGES: Alan Sunderland and Andrew Holden ‘Guyon broke one of the biggest political stories of the year with persistence, clarity and determination. The rest of the body of his work also demonstrated a commitment to strong reporting on issues of public importance.’

Voyager Newspaper of the Year

WINNER: NZ Herald/NZME

JUDGES: Anna Fifield, Cate Brett and Paul Thompson ‘The judges found this a difficult category to determine but, ultimately, we could not look past the New Zealand Herald’s consistency and comprehensiveness and its record of setting the news agenda with incisive daily journalism. The Herald is a strongly-edited paper with a depth of content that sets it apart.’

View all 2020 categories and winners here

Past Awards Videos

Check out these videos from past awards events, including the 2020 event which was streamed fully online.


Key Dates for 2021 Voyager Media Awards.

  • Entries open: January 15, 2021
  • Entries close: February 26, 2021
  • Finalists announced: April 16, 2021
  • Winners revealed at awards ceremony: May 2021
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