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New Zealanders capture international awards


15 April 2004

New Zealanders capture coveted international awards

IABC Announces 2004 Gold Quill Award Winners

Three New Zealand entries are among the winners of the 2004 International Gold Quill Awards, announced by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Of the 920 entries received this year, 37 received top awards for Excellence and 72 received awards of Merit.

Michael Metzger from Metzger Communications in Wellington won an excellence award in the member communications category for his work with the New Zealand Post Superannuation Plan. Marie Hosking and Dee Crooks from NetworkPR, Auckland, won a merit award for their media relations program for Barfoot & Thompson. Mike Tisdall from Insight Creative Limited in Auckland won a merit award for the 2002 and 2003 Lion Nathan Annual Reports.

The New Zealand winners competed among peers in Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Croatia, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peoples' Republic of China, Philippines, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. Winners will be honored and winning entries on display during IABC's 2004 international conference in Los Angeles in June.

2004 Awards chairperson, Claire Watson from Regina, Canada, says IABC’s Gold Quill Awards program has been the hallmark of excellence in business communication for more than 25 years.

“Those who won awards of excellence are among the top four percent of communication practitioners in the world and those who won merit are among the top 10 percent. These projects are used to benchmark global excellence in communication.”

Ms Watson says entries from Asia Pacific are very well represented among the winners.

“Asia Pacific incubates innovative thinking in strategic communication planning and is a growing force within the world of where our profession is going in the next decade.”

This year’s Blue Ribbon Gold Quill judging panel included top senior communicators from Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States, who judged the entries in San Francisco in March.

For a complete list of all 2004 Gold Quill winners, please visit: http://www.iabc.com/gquill

About IABC

IABC is a network of professionals committed to improving organisational effectiveness through strategic communication. IABC serves 13,500 members in 60 countries and 10,000 organisations. The IABC Gold Quill Awards are open to entries from members and non-members. …

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