The Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards 2019

Thursday 7th November 2019 at Crowne Plaza, Auckland 

About the 2019 Awards

Enjoy a night of celebration recognizing excellence and achievement across the broadband sector.

Date: Thursday 7th November 2019
Venue: Crowne Plaza, 128 Albert St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, Auckland
Time: arrival time is 6pm, awards begin at 7pm
Dress code: smart
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November 7th 2019 will see the return of the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards to help celebrate the very best of the broadband industry in New Zealand.  Following last year’s success, Broadband Compare and TUANZ will once again join forces to deliver an even bigger and better event than before.

The Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards provide an annual opportunity to recognise excellence and achievement across the broadband sector.

The 2019 Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards will be held on Thursday 7th November, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 128 Albert Street, Auckland, 1010.

Following the inaugural event in 2017, the awards event is now in its third year. The event has become the industry’s premier gala awards event and is attended at an influencer and decision-maker level, providing an ideal vehicle for networking and branding your organisation as one that recognises excellence.

The Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards 2019 will celebrate the very best of the broadband industry and this prestigious event will recognise the companies that provide New Zealanders with the very best products and services in the broadband sector.  Awards cover a wide range of different categories from best fibre provider to best bundled plan, best customer support, best specialist provider and best broadband innovation.

The Broadband Compare TUANZ Award winners are selected based on a combination of criteria. These include consumer surveys and reviews on the Broadband Compare website, decisions from our expert judging panel, as well as third party data and information collated throughout the previous year.

We will survey 100s of household decision-makers through respected insight agency Tactix to provide additional consumer data to help our judges to decide, amongst other categories, the best providers for value, customer service and bundled broadband plans.

Entries for the 2019 Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards are now CLOSED. Visit the category page to learn more about the individual awards and criteria. 




Earlybird ticket – $99 per ticket Buy now (available until 30 August)

Individual Ticket – $149 per ticket Buy now

TUANZ Member or NZ Compare Client – $119 per ticket Buy now

Group Bookings - $999 for a group of 10 Buy now

A group ticket is the perfect way to reward the team, or treat industry contacts. Group bookings of 10 are a cost effective choice, and include an exclusively reserved round table for you and your guests.

For any questions relating to ticket purchases please contact the events team by email or phone 021 086 46020.

* Please note prices above are exclusive of GST
Earlybird tickets will be available until 30 August. 
An invoice and ticketing information will be sent following confirmation of your booking.
Cancellations up to 30 September will be refunded less a $29 + GST fee per ticket fee. Cancellations beyond this date will not receive a refund.


Host - Tim Wilson

MC - Tim WilsonThe host for the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards 2019 is the talented Tim Wilson. Sit back and relax as Tim steers us through the awards evening with the perfect blend of humour, wit and professionalism. Tim is a TV reporter, radio host, father of three… so far, husband, author, and non-electric scooter rider. For a while he was going nowhere fast as a print journalist writing for titles as diverse as NZ Woman’s Weekly and the New York Times. Then he fell into TV, and started falling faster. Working as TVNZ’s US Correspondent for seven years in New York, he has also been a celebrity correspondent for RTL, the biggest network in Europe, and appeared on the IFC Media Project, with a total US audience of 40 million. His novel Their Faces Were Shining was longlisted for a Booker Prize. On New Zealand TV he has tried to run through a door (fail), jumped off a very high diving board (successful, but weeping), and eaten cat food (draw your own conclusions).


Venue & travel

Crowne Plaza Hotel
The Crowne Plaza Auckland is an award-winning hotel in one of the city’s finest locations – just a few minutes’ walk from the Sky Tower and Auckland’s best restaurants, bars, shops and theatres.

With its central location, the Crowne Plaza is close to public transport links, with plenty of parking in the area. Car Parking is available in the Atrium car park adjacent to the hotel, at a night rate of $10 from 5pm until 6am Monday through Sunday.

The Crowne Plaza is located at: 128 Albert St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Crowne Plaza hotel google map location


Dates for your calendar

  • 29.07.2019 - Entries open

  • 29.07.2019 - Tickets on sale

  • 09.09.2019 - Entries close at 16:00

  • 16.09.2019 - Category Judging begins

  • 01.10.2019 - Finalists Announced & Public Voting Begins

  • 01.11.2019 - Public Voting Closes

  • 07.11.2019 - The Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards Ceremony



Is there a fee to enter? Do I need to be a big brand ISP? Does the trophy make my bum look big?
There’s a few common questions we get asked often – we’ve answered them below in case they can help you to complete your entry. If you still can’t find the answer to your question, please call 021 086 46020 or email
Q: Is there a fee for entering the Broadband Compare Awards?
A. There is a small fee of $99+GST per entry to help us to cover the costs of administration. We have kept this fee low as possible, as we don’t want to put anyone off entering, and we believe that all internet providers should have the opportunity to enter. 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 sector.
Q: What if the Internet Provider I work for is small? Can I still enter?
A. Yes, you can – and we urge you to! We have some specific categories for smaller and regional ISP's. So check out all the category options and find the one that will suit you. Your entry will be evaluated alongside other companies within the same category / sector.  
Q: My company does not work with Broadband Compare or TUANZ.  How do I know the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards will be impartial?
A. The aim of the Broadband Compare website is to provide our customers with a fair, informative and helpful way compare all the options and make a fully informed choice when choosing a new broadband plan.  TUANZ is the only truly independent and representative group of users of digital technology and they hold the idea of INDEPENDENCE as one of their most important values.  ANY Internet Provider can enter the Broadband Compare TUANZ 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 work with Broadband Compare.
Q: What is the format for this event?
A. Following overwhelming positive feedback from our first two events, the format of the event will be kept very similar to the 2017 awards and 2018 awards. The evening is all about mixing, mingling, networking, and recognising excellence in the industry. As such, it is not a ‘formal’ sit down event. There will of course be some seating available, a mixture of large round tables and bar leaners. For the pre and post Awards component, there'll be mixing and mingling, eating delicious food and drinking delightful beverages.
Q: What is the dress code?
A. The event starts at 6pm, so we don't expect you to be dressed up like James Bond or ultra-glamourous... But if that is how you want to dress then totally go for it! We will draw the line the other way though... it's a celebration, you wouldn't want your winning photos in jandals and a basketball vest!
Q: What are the event timings?
A. 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!
Q: What will it cost me?
A. There are four ticket types available. Earlybird tickets will be available for $99 + GST. Closer to the event clients of NZ Compare, members of TUANZ and Sponsors can purchase tickets at $119 + GST. Non-members or clients can attend at a cost of $149 + GST. Why not bring the whole team, or treat business contacts to a night out? Book a table of 10 for $999+GST.  
Q: Will I be fed?
A. Yes you will.  We're a responsible host and as we're going to keep you well thirst quenched with beers, wine and bubbles there will of course also be some very tasty food. Your ticket will include an array of delicious canapes and substantial finger foods on the night. Dietary requirements have been considered, just ask your waiting staff as they roam the room.