EY Business Journalism Awards

Recognising excellence in business journalism in New Zealand

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Tim Hunter, the deputy editor of Fairfax Business Group, has been named the inaugural EY Business Journalist of the Year.

Hunter took the top award from a field of 43 entries, winning a cash prize of $3000.

His column Power report pays no respect to reason and fact also took the category winner’s prize in the commentary section, winning Hunter another $1000 cash.

Other category winners were Duncan Bridgeman (News) from NBR, Christopher Adams (Features) from the New Zealand Herald, Richard Meadows (Young Journalist) from Fairfax Business Group and Jenny Ruth (Radio) from Radio New Zealand.

Each received a cash award of $1000.

Nicola Legat, one of the award’s four judges, described Hunter’s winning entry as “entertaining, clever and passionate - a virtuoso column you can write only with experience and confidence.”

EY New Zealand managing partner Simon O’Connor says he is delighted with the quality of entries.

“This meant the judging process, particularly in the commentary section, had its challenges,” he said. “It was also heartening to see such a strong performance in the Young Journalist category.”

To reflect the high standard in the commentary category, the judges have decided to make a special Highly Commended award of $500 cash to Liam Dann, Business Editor of the New Zealand Herald.

The judging panel comprised O’Connor, EY partner and Government Leader Alan Judge, Nicola Legat (former Metro magazineeditor, now Publishing Director at Random House) and Reg Birchfield (a former editor, publisher and journalist, now a media consultant).

Read our news release for the full list of winners and judges comments.

For further information please contact:
Jenni McManus
Communications Manager NZ
021 971 599