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Website Design Winners Announced

Media release October 19th, 2000

The winners of this year’s Awards for the most innovative and best designed websites were announced tonight across 11 categories.

The ANZ Bank Interactive New Zealand Awards 2000 attracted over 130 entries - 36 made it through to the finals. The winners were chosen by panels of judges drawn from amongst New Zealand’s leading web design and internet companies.

The award winning work ranged from sites incorporating world beating design elements to one for a free, open access library management system intended for regional users.

The chief executive of the ANZ Bank, Murray Horne said “we are proud to sponsor an event that encourages excellence among interactive multi media companies and staff.

“The awards provide the opportunity to show case innovations and technological achievements in a complex industry that is shaping the future. The final entries equal the world’s best when it comes to the use of the latest hardware and software packages.”

The coveted Silicon Graphics Craft Award selected amongst all the finalists went to Wm3 by Web Media for the company’s own site. The judges said it was already world renowned, and listed as such by a leading United States web designer.

They said Wm3’s use of Flash, a web design software package, raised the bar for other designers by linking the technology to database applications, a world first.

Overall the judges said the best web site designs caught the eye, showed imaginative use of the technology and yet allowed users straightforward and fluid navigation around them.

Propecia, a site the judges said showed careful thought and great subtlety in promoting a treatment to reverse male hair loss, won the Brave New World Marketing Communications Award. Export Gold was highly commended in this category for its snowboard game delivered over the net.

The Koha library system developed by Katipo Communications of Levin won the ANZ Community/Not for Profit Award for its grass roots response to develop an easy to use though highly practical library system.

Interactive New Zealand intends taking the winners on a roadshow around New Zealand centres. The association is connected with the Telecommunications Association of New Zealand (TUANZ).

A full list of the 11 ANZ Interactive Awards 2000 is:

The Dept. of Information Systems and Computing, UNITEC Education Online Award
- The Roadcode Test Drive by Hyperactive

The New Zealand InfoTech Weekly Training Online/Interactive Award
- Interactive Clinical Reasoning in Manipulative Physiotherapy by the University of Otago.

The Brave New World Marketing/Communications/Promotional Online Interactive Award
- Propecia by Insight Conultants; Highly commended – Export Gold by Shift

The Renaissance Recreational/Leisure Interactive Award
- Snowco by Internet Management Solutions; Highly commended – NZ Girl by NZ Girl

The Learning Media Art/Experimental Award
- Wm3 by Web Media

The Statistics New Zealand Information/Reference Award
- E-LOAN New Zealand by E-Loan New Zealand; Highly commended- Te Kete Ipurangi, the Online Learning Centre by Copeland Wilson

The Synergy International Business to Business Award
- Baycorp 2000 by Walker Interactive

The Netlogic Holdings Business to Consumer Award
- E-LOAN New Zealand by E-Loan New Zealand

The ANZ Community/Not for Profit Award
- Koha Library System by Katipo Communications; Highly commended – Te Waimano: Waters of the Millenium by Synergy International

The Silicon Graphics Craft Award
- Wm3 by Web Media

The Silicon Graphics Most Popular Entry Award (selected by vote from amongst all the entrants) – The Roadcode Test Drive by Hyperactive
Further comments etc: contact Reg Russ (chief judge) 025 432 894
Or Ally Savill tel 09 488 1888 (bus)
021 488 184

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