Awards Finalists 2023

Finalists for the 2023 TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards announced!

The TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards organisers, NZ Marketing magazine and NZ Marketing Association, are delighted to unveil the finalists for this year's competition following the successful completion of round one judging. 

The roster of finalists for this year's awards showcases renowned brands such as Cookie Time, Kiwibank, Lion Breweries, J.H Whittaker & Sons, McDonalds, Spark, among others. For the full list of finalists refer below or please click here. 

John Miles, Chief Executive of the Marketing Association said “It is great to see the marketing industry continuing to show its strength with a record number of entries this year across the 29 categories. We can’t wait to showcase the best of New Zealand marketing and award 31 winners in a full house at Spark Arena this September.  

Experienced convenor of judges Michael Friedberg, CEO at Swaytech led the team of judges in a thorough evaluation process. “Faced with the substantial number of entries, we increased our judging pool by 20% and it’s not surprising that this year’s judges invested considerable time and effort to meticulously curate a list of finalists that truly embodies the pinnacle of marketing excellence in the country in what I would call loud, serious with great camaraderie judging days” said Michael. 

“The quality of the entries was also very high, both in terms of how they were written, and the content included.  In particular clear articulation of “why” and the insights that drove the single idea. Judging was made simpler this year with the introduction of a new rubric, which helped to align judges on what scores good (and bad) the entries should receive” said Michael. 

Michael continues, “As businesses continue to feel the bite from the global slowdown, I find it refreshing to see so many outstanding examples of marketing delivering business outcomes.” 

A complete list of first round judges is available here. Round two of judging takes place over June and July, ahead of the Awards Night on Wednesday, September 6th at Spark Arena in Auckland. 

"As we approach the highly anticipated 2023 event, we are excited to showcase the exceptional talent of our finalists on the grand stage of Spark Arena. With a record-breaking number of entries this year, our celebration is set to transcend all expectations, uniting industry pioneers for an evening of networking, inspiration, and acknowledgement of extraordinary marketing accomplishments. This year's celebration promises to be an unforgettable affair," says David Nothling-Demmer, Editor of NZ Marketing. 

Tickets to the Awards night are currently on sale and finalists and their marketing partners are encouraged to get in quick. Get your tickets here. 

For further information pertaining to the Awards, including the latest announcements and FAQs, visit the NZ Marketing website. 

The 2023 TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards are once again proudly brought to you by Premier Sponsor and supporter of exceptional marketing in New Zealand, TVNZ, as well as Category Sponsors oOh!media, Stuff, NZME, Google, The Radio Bureau, ThinkTV, REACH, Cartology and Are Media.  

Key dates to be aware of include: 

  • Round 2 judging: June – July 2023 
  • Awards Night: Wed 6 September 2023 


For further information pertaining to the Awards, including details on how to enter, a list of categories, specifics on the judging process and FAQs, visit the
NZ Marketing website or contact us via email on 

 For sponsorship opportunities, contact Vernene Medcalf at or give her a call on 021 628 200.  

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