2014 was another successful year for being recognised for our work by peers in the industry. Convergence partner Suzanne McNamara won the ‘Limited Budget’ category for the 2014 New Zealand Public Relations Institute Awards for communicating the sustainability messages for music and arts festival Splore 14. The judges said ‘A good, clear entry demonstrating how communication was used to influence behaviour. Overall, this was an excellent corporate social responsibility project executed well.
2012 – A joint entry by Convergence Communications and Social Innovation won the ‘Supreme Award’ at the 2012 New Zealand Public Relations Institute Awards for communications by the Student Volunteer Army following the 22 February earthquake. The win marks the second time in the last three years that Convergence has won the ‘Special Project’ category, which always attracts the majority of entries.
Awards chief judge Anna Radford said the Student Volunteer Army campaign captured the public’s imagination and support. “Working in a crisis situation with limited resources and budget, the Student Volunteer Army’s organisers achieved outstanding results by leveraging community empathy through clever mass media targeting and social media savvy.” PRINZ President Jane Dodd described the project as “well-planned and executed and a great example of leading edge work in the public relations sector”.
2010 – Convergence partner Suzanne McNamara won the most hotly contested ‘Special Project’ category of the 2010 New Zealand Public Relations Institute Awards for managing the marketing communications, publicity and sponsorship of the three-day Splore music festival. Convergence has worked with Splore over the last eight years.
2010 – Convergence partner Erin Jamieson was part of a team working with the Canterbury District Health Board that was highly commended for its work on ‘Stopping Swine Flu in Canterbury’ at the 2010 New Zealand Public Relations Institute Awards. The Canterbury DHB/Convergence entry also won the inaugural ‘PRINZ Crystal Clear Literacy Award’. Having worked with the Canterbury DHB for nearly a decade, Convergence has developed a specialisation in health sector work. We have also consulted on a range of other projects for the West Coast, Southland and Otago DHBs, and most recently for the South Island Alliance.
1999 – Prior to joining Convergence, partner Leigh Harris was Highly Commended in the ‘Special Project’ category of the 1999 New Zealand Public Relations Institute Awards for Wools of New Zealand’s sponsorship of the ‘NZ Four’ catwalk show at London Fashion Week featuring Zambesi, World, Nom*D and Karen Walker. Feted post-event as “the watershed in contemporary New Zealand fashion” Leigh’s role was to promote the show to media throughout Australasia while maximising leverage of WONZ’s sponsorship.