2021 – Convergence Partner Lisa-Marie Richan and Account Director Katie Moore were co-winners of the New Zealand Public Relations Institute’s overall Supreme award, for the most outstanding communications campaign of the last year. The confidential project entry involved an integrated government relations and media strategy for one of our long-term clients.
This is the second time in nine years that Convergence has been co-winner of the Supreme award.
We also received a Silver award in the Community and Stakeholder Engagement category, the most hotly contested, for our work on Canterbury Museum’s $195 million proposed redevelopment project. The Museum’s earlier redevelopment plans were halted by the Environment Court – putting intense pressure on stakeholder buy-in and a smooth consent application process to ensure success of the latest redevelopment plan. The results would not have been achieved without the high level of trust exhibited by the Canterbury Museum, which readily accepted all of Convergence’s strategic recommendations.
2019 – A team effort from many of the Convergence consultants resulted in a highly commended in the ‘Sustained Public Relations’ category at the 2019 Public Relations Institute of New Zealand awards. The achievement highlighted the pro-bono work for long-term client, Husky Rescue NZ, which rehabilitates and rehomes huskies. The judges said that it was “exciting to see the power of PR harnessed and put to such good use.”
2017 – Convergence consultants Rhianna Bull and Leigh Harris were highly commended by the New Zealand Public Relations Institute for their support of ethical beauty products business Ethique in the ‘Sustained Public Relations’ category. Their work was complemented by Convergence consultant Miranda Bond who managed the digital marketing component of the award entry. The judges said: “A really well thought through campaign on a limited budget. Great audience analysis. Achieved great results. It was an extremely well executed campaign over a sustained period. Liked the shift to digital media as a low cost option.”
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 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.
2010 – Convergence partner at the time, 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.
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.