The New Zealand Podcast Awards 2023 – Celebrating Three Years of Podcast Excellence

The New Zealand Podcast Awards, presented by Duncan Garner: Editor in Chief, are excited to announce the commencement of the 2023 edition, marking three years of recognizing and celebrating the exceptional talent of podcast creators across New Zealand.

Since our inception in 2021, the New Zealand Podcast Awards have grown exponentially, demonstrating the tremendous passion and dedication of the Kiwi podcasting community. We’re delighted to have received submissions from and over 600 talented Kiwi podcasters, a testament to the vibrant podcasting landscape in Aotearoa.

Our reach has expanded far and wide, engaging an audience of 1.5 million people in the first two years. We’re thrilled to have reached such a vast and diverse audience, showcasing the breadth of stories and ideas that New Zealand podcasters have to offer. 

One of the highlights of the New Zealand Podcast Awards is the Listeners’ Choice award, where the podcasting community has the power to voice their support. In the past two years, we witnessed an incredible outpouring of enthusiasm, with over 40,000 fam votes cast for the Listeners’ Choice awards. This demonstrates the strong bond between podcasters and their dedicated fan base, making it a truly special part of our awards ceremony for big and small podcasts as they grow a bond with their loyal listeners.

For the 2023 edition, we are building on this incredible momentum, with more opportunities for podcasters to shine. Our judging panel, comprising of independent podcasters, as well as influential figures from the digital media industry in New Zealand and around the world, remains dedicated to recognizing excellence in podcasting regardless of size, audience, or platform.

The New Zealand Podcast Awards continue to serve as an impartial and inclusive platform, providing support and recognition to all podcast creators, from established networks to independent voices, and nurturing the growth of the entire podcasting industry in New Zealand.

As we embark on this third year of celebrating the power of the Kiwi podcasting community, we’re delighted that rova remains deeply committed as the Principal Media Partner.

“At rova we’re creators, partners, and lovers of local podcasts, we’ve been headline sponsors of the NZ Podcast Awards from day one and we’re proud to be supporting the celebration of the local industry for the third year running. – Richie Culph, Head of Digital Audio, MediaWorks.

The Awards welcomes other volunteers, media partners, who would like to join us on this year’s journey, and invite you to reach out to discuss opportunities. We look forward to celebrating another great year for Kiwi podcasting, and submissions are now open on our website.