The people and programs of TVNZ were among the big winners at this year’s virtual New Zealand Television Awards presentation, taking home 14 coveted prizes.
An impressive array of drama, comedy, sports and factual series funded by NZ On Air and made by local production houses for broadcast on TVNZ won top prizes at Tuesday’s ceremony.
The acclaimed dystopian comedy-drama Creamerie (TVNZ 2) received the award for Best Drama Series.
Rima Te Wiata has been named Best Actress for The Tender Trap (TVNZ 1) and her portrayal of Sharon Armstrong, the Kiwi grandmother who fell victim to an online romance scam. The dramatic feature also won Best Dramatic Screenplay (Riwia Brown and Kathryn Burnett).
Joel Tobeck has been named Best Actor for TVNZ 1’s acclaimed drama Black Hands, the dramatization of the lives and murders of the Bain family. The five-part series also won Best Dramatic Editing (Allanah Bazzard).
Continuing TVNZ’s winning streak for drama, action thriller Vegas (TVNZ 2) won Best Post-Production Design (Paul Lear) and Mystic (TVNZ 2) picked up Best Cinematography. : dramatic gong (Dave Cameron).
For the second year in a row, New Zealand’s favorite creepy investigators won two awards with Wellington Paranormal (TVNZ 2) named Best Comedy/Comedy Entertainment Program as well as Best Screenplay: Comedy (Melanie Bracewell).
A triple threat on stage and on screen, Hayley Sproll was named Best Entertainment Presenter for Have You Been Paying Attention? (TVNZ 2). A first-time finalist, the award caps off an incredible year for the comedy host after 2021 saw Hayley in the hosting seat of the Aotearoa Music Awards and The Great Kiwi Bake Off.
TVNZ’s factual list also had a successful evening with Heaven and Hell: The Centrepoint Story (TVNZ 1) winning Best Documentary/Factual Director (Natalie Malcon and Thomas Robins) and Six Angry Women (TVNZ 1) being recognized for the Best Editing: Documentary/Factual (Simon Coldrick).
Kiri and Lou (TVNZ 2) was named best children’s program for the second year in a row.
TVNZ’s broadcast of the 36th PRADA America’s Cup also won Best Director: Multiple Camera (Wayne Leonard) for Match 7.
Cate Slater, TVNZ’s Chief Content Officer, said: “We are proud to see our local slate celebrated at tonight’s awards show. From local drama and comedy to high-end factual and whānau-friendly entertainment, our programming continues to feature stories from Aotearoa and we are excited to share more original and diverse content in 2022.
“The past few years have been difficult for our industry and the success of tonight has only been made possible thanks to our amazing production company partners, cast and crew, and the continued support of NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho and the NZ Film Commission Congratulations to all our well-deserved winners.