Broadband Compare Awards 2020

Friday 16th October 2020 | Auckland

COVID-19 Update

We were delighted to hear the Government’s announcement on Monday 21 September that Auckland will move down to alert Level Two on Wednesday night, with a maximum audience size at events of 100 people.  We are hopeful that Auckland will be at Level one by 16 October, and that we can all get together to celebrate restriction-free.

We are planning for the Awards to go ahead as an in-person event. This is a great time to secure your ticket for the Broadband Compare Awards. Currently, the first 100 tickets sold will have a ‘guaranteed’ spot if the gathering limit remains at 100 and the event can go ahead under these conditions.​

Ticketholders will be entitled to a full refund if the event cannot go ahead for COVID related reasons.

About the 2020 Awards

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

Date: Friday 16th October 2020
Time: Arrival time is 6pm, awards begin at 7pm
Dress code: Cocktail

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

We believe that in 2020, in particular, is a time to recognize success and celebrate NZ’s broadband industry. As an essential service the entire telecoms sector has been working hard to keep NZ Connected, come up with innovative solutions and put their customers first.  This is a great time to enter the awards and share your successes.

The Broadband Compare Awards Gala are an annual highlight event for the broadband sector. They are the perfect opportunity to come together to celebrate the very best of the broadband industry and have a well-deserved night out with the team.

The Awards cover a wide range of different categories from best fibre provider, best bundled plan, best customer support, best specialist provider, best streaming service provider, best broadband innovation, emerging leader in digital technology and more. 

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Dates for your calendar

Entries open: 8 July 2020

Entries close: 4pm 26 August 2020 (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Category judging begins: 31 August 2020

Finalists announced: 16 September 2020

Public voting begins: 16 September 2020

Public voting closes: 8 October 2020

Gala awards ceremony: 16 October 2020


Host - Tim Wilson

MC - Tim WilsonThe host for the Broadband Compare Compare Awards 2020 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

Maritime Room - venue for the Broadband Compare Awards 2020

The Maritime Room is in the heart of Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. The perfect spot to enjoy delicious canapes and drinks while enjoying a view of the Waitemata harbour and to celebrate a night of excellence.

With its central location, the Maritime Room is close to excellent public transport links including Britomart and the Ferry Building. Parking is available at the nearby Downtown Carpark.

The Maritime Room is located at: Princes Wharf Viaduct Harbour, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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Individual Ticket – $159 per ticket Buy now

TUANZ Member or NZ Compare Client – $129 per ticket Buy now

Group Bookings - $1200 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
An invoice and ticketing information will be sent following confirmation of your booking.
Cancellations up to 7 September 2020 will be refunded less a $29 + GST fee per ticket fee. Cancellations beyond this date will not receive a refund.



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 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 previous events, the format for 2020 will be kept very similar to the 2019 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. Lounge suits and cocktail dresses.  Previous events have seen a wide range of different attires and the ladies have historically put the gents to shame so this year we’re looking to up the dress code a little to “Cocktail”. 
“Cocktail” is basically a bit of a plea for you gents to wear a collar and jacket, regardless of matching trousers to make an entire suit.  If you can at least manage to find a decent jacket to wear you’ll be fine. Likewise if you want to be dressed up like James Bond or ultra-glamorous... then totally go for it!  Think of the stereotypical guy on a Friday; navy blazer, beige chinos, shoes or boots. That’s cocktail (or cocktail enough).  Looking forward to seeing you all in your finery.

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 three ticket types available.  Clients of NZ Compare, members of TUANZ and Sponsors can purchase tickets at $129 + GST. Non-members or clients can attend at a cost of $159 + GST.  Why not bring the whole team, or treat business contacts to a night out? Book a table of 10 for a discounted $1,200 + 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.