The Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards 2018 - Thurs 8th November 2018

The Orange Coronation Ballroom, Auckland 

About the 2018 Awards

November 8th 2018 will see the return of the Broadband Compare Awards to help celebrate the very best of the broadband industry in New Zealand and this year it will be even bigger and better than before.  Joining fources with TUANZ in 2018, the Broadband Compare Awards have evolved into the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards to allow us 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 2018 Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards will be held on Thursday 8th November, at The Orange Coronation Ballroom, 149/147 Newton Rd, Auckland.

The inaugural event was held in 2017 and was a resounding success, attended by 150 industry members. The event is now 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 2018 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 infomation 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.

Visit the category page to learn more about the individual awards and criteria.



Your Host - Nick Rado

Nick Rado

After successfully keeping the choas under control in 2017 we are delighted to welcome Nick Rado back as presenter and MC for the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards in 2018.  

Nick is a multi-award winning, presenter, producer, writer, MC and stand-up comedian with national and international success in the radio and stand-up comedy industries.  Best known in New Zealand for his role as head writer and panelist for TV3’s award winning topical news comedy panel show ‘7 Days’, he is a four time winner of the NZ Comedy Guild Award for 'Best Comedy MC' and we’re looking forward to hearing Nick’s uniquely entertaining perspective on the internet and broadband at the 2018 Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards.



Venue & travel

The Orange Coronation Hall, Auckland

The Orange Coronation Ballroom (also known as the Orange Hall, or simply the Orange) at 143–149 Newton Road in Auckland is a simply stunning venue. 

Constructed in 1922 and opened in 1923, the Orange Hall was built by the Protestant Orange Society in Auckland who would organise weekly public dances and the hall was regularly rented out to organisations and individuals for events.

In its heyday in the 1940s, the dance hall was packed, with queues stretching down Newton Road and the iconic building became the city’s number one party spot.  This led to the venue being immortalised in the 1958 Peter Cape song Down the Hall on Saturday Night.

An elegant and historical reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the central city, The Orange is just minutes from the CBD and the dedicated event space offers everything required to ensure an unforgettable evening whether you leave as a winner or not.

We look forward to seeing you for a splendid eveing down at The Orange. 

The Orange Coronation Hall - 147 Newton Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland, 1010



Dates for your calendar

  • 01.08.2018 - Entries open

  • 06.08.2018 - Tickets on sale

  • 17.09.2018 - Entries close at 18:00

  • 18.09.2018 - Category Judging begins

  • 09.10.2018 - Finalists Announced & Public Voting Begins

  • 02.11.2018 - Public Voting Closes

  • 08.11.2018 - The Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards Ceremony


How to Enter

It's simple!  Once you have checked the criteria and chosen which categories you wish to enter simply submit your entries through our dedicated online portal - here.

The first entry for any company is free of charge provided you purchase at least one ticket to the event - we want to make sure all the winners are there on the night or have a representative at the Awards evening to collect their winners trophy and take the kudos.

Additional entries cost $95 + GST.

You will be invoiced for your entries upon confirmed submission.



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. Yeah, Nah, Kinda... So, your first entry to any category is free of charge provided the company you are entering for purchases at least one ticket to attend the awards night - if you win we want to ensure that all the winners will be in attendence or have a representative present to accept their award.  There is a small fee for each additional entry. This is NZ$95+GST.  This helps us to cover the costs of administration but we have kept the fee low as we don’t want to put anyone off because we believe all internet providers in NZ should have the opportunity to enter and be recognised for their achievements and their 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.  Enter online here.
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 encourage awareness and improve understanding of the different types of broadband available and the range of different internet providers there are in New Zealand. TUANZ is the only truly independent and representative group of users of digital technology and they hold the idea of INDEPENDANCE 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. We have a judging panel 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 such overwhelmingly positive feedback from the inaugaral event, the format of the event will be kept very similar to the 2017 awards (which you can view here) and is not a ‘formal’ sit down event.  There will be drinks tables and bar leaners for groups. There will of course be some seating available and we’re sure our MC will once again keep things in order for the awards part of the evening. 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 two ticket types available.  Clients of NZ Compare, members of TUANZ and Sponsors can purchase tickets at $95 + GST.  Non members or clients can attend at a cost of $149 + GST.  You can purchase tickets here.
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.



TUANZ Member or NZ Compare Client - Admit 1 - $99

Individual Ticket – Admit 1 - $149

Group Ticket – Admit 8 - $729

* Please note prices above are exclusive of GST

An invoice and ticketing information will be sent following confirmation of your booking. 
Cancellations up to 4 August will be refunded less a $29 + GST per ticket fee. Cancellations beyond this date will not receive a refund.
For any questions relating to ticket purchases please contact the events team by email or phone 0508 226672.