Webstar Magazine Media Awards Information

The Webstar Magazine Media Awards honour magazine brands, initiatives and individuals that demonstrate journalistic and design excellence. They aim to inspire innovation by recognising and awarding creativity and commercial success across multiple platforms. The Awards are a highlight of the publishing calendar: a yearly celebration of the unique ability of magazines to engage audiences through the craft of storytelling.

Entry Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2019 Webstar Magazine Media Awards, entries must have been published, or on sale, between April 1st 2018 and March 31st 2019. 

Award Entry Fees

MPA Members - $95 (ex. GST) per entry
Non-MPA Members - $190 (ex. GST) per entry

Please note: all entry fees will be invoiced upon submission.

Awards Calendar

Entries Open 14th May
Entries Close 28th June (extended)
Judging Days 30th & 31st July
Finalists Announced & Tickets on Sale 8th August
Webstar Magazine Media Awards Ceremony  5th September

If you require extra time to complete your entry please contact Jessica Malcolm [email protected] 

Online Entry Instructions


Six Steps to Winning an Entry


Thanks to our family of sponsors

The MPA relies on the support of our family of sponsors to run the Awards each year. Their funding means we can continue to tell the evolving magazine story, demonstrating why magazines are a successful advertising medium.

The relationship we have with our sponsors has evolved to mutually beneficial partnerships.

Our list of sponsors (including links to their websites) is below. If you would like to talk about becoming a sponsor of the MPA, we have a number of opportunities available – so please contact us for more information.

Naming Rights Sponsor - Webstar 

The MPA is proud to announce Webstar as our 2019 Magazine Media Awards Naming Rights Sponsor. An ideal fit for the Awards, Webstar’s focus on fostering creativity and excellence in the publishing industry has long been recognised. They’re perfectly positioned to support our vision, and we’re excited to welcome them on board.

“The Magazine Media Awards are a natural fit for Webstar, and it’s exciting for us to be involved with the Awards,” says CEO Bernie Roberts. “The focus on integration and innovation in particular aligns with our company philosophy, and we’re proud to be supporting the evolution of the print magazine in a hands-on way.”

With 50 categories and over 70 judges involved, MPA Executive Director Sally Duggan says the support of Webstar, as well as their close ‘family’ of additional sponsors, is vital to running the multipart Awards programme. 

Platinum Sponsors


With a product range that includes high-volume, high-quality magazines, catalogues, flyers and promotions, direct mail and large format, Webstar’s focus on innovation means they’ve got the flexibility and expertise to cater completely to their clients’ needs. In addition to printing, Webstar offer print management services, mailing solutions, inserting, flow wrapping and variable data application. Their service is complete – no matter what the job is, Webstar can print it, bind it, and send it directly to customers. Their newly-built state-of-the-art production facility in Auckland works closely with their plant in Masterton to deliver quality products to millions of New Zealand homes and businesses each week. Webstar’s high print standards ensure products look amazing and generate the response their clients desire.

For further information on Webstar and the services they offer, please contact Robin Bowkett? on (09) 477 4380? or [email protected]

New Zealand Post

New Zealand Post Group is about delivery – delivering to communities and businesses. They provide customers with the solutions and products they need to help them communicate and do business. The group consists of a range of businesses providing communication and business solutions. From the core mail business through to banking and digital solutions, New Zealand Post Group is a vibrant and evolving organisation.

For further information on New Zealand Post and the services they offer, please contact Michelle Cook? on 0800 501 501 or [email protected]

Gold Sponsors


Adestra is well known as trusted provider of First-Person Marketing solutions for global and growing brands.The company's industry-leading and multi-award winning email platform provides a powerful infrastructure for one-to-one, contextual messaging and marketing automation, helping marketers communicate more effectively with their customers and subscribers. Robust reporting features allow marketers to efficiently evaluate and optimise their campaign results. The flexible structure and open integration architecture allow businesses to connect disparate technology platforms to create a seamless customer journey. Along with a best-of-breed platform that drives customer engagement and boosts ROI, Adestra was founded on the principle that marketing success takes more than technology, which is why customer service is at the heart of its business.

Earlier this year, Adestra was acquired by US-based Upland Software, becoming part of  the parent company’s comprehensive offering o enterprise work management software.


ICG are more than just a marketing company – they’re a marketing machine. With a wide range of services combined with deep expertise, the team at ICG are passionate about great work and using curiosity and innovation to drive ongoing efficiencies. Founded in 1990 by a group of forward-thinking friends and colleagues, ICG began with a formidable goal: challenging the establishment and doing things better. They’ve survived, thrived, and continue to upgrade and enhance – ensuring all parts of the business work together to power their clients to the front of the field. ICG employs over 200 talented staff, and has worked with some of New Zealand’s biggest brands including Fonterra, Bayleys, Briscoes Group, AUT, New Zealand Post, Green Cross Health and Resene.

For further information on ICG and the services they offer, please contact David Atkins  [email protected]

Silver Sponsors


PressReader is an all-you-can-read digital media platform that reaches more than 250 million readers who use PressReader to read, share and talk about news. Full issues of 4,000+ global newspapers and magazines can be read online, in print or downloaded via the app. PressReader HotSpots offer sponsored access to the platform at thousands of libraries, hotels, corporate offices, airport lounges, airlines, cruise lines and cafes worldwide. PressReader also partners with more than 4,500 publishers in over 100 countries to help them monetise and distribute their content and multi-channel digital platforms to grow their global reach and readership.

For more information, please contact Steve Chapman on [email protected] 


Nielsen offers comprehensive end-to-end consumer insights for faster, smarter, better decisions to help your business grow. They study consumers in more than 100 countries to give you the most complete view of trends and habits worldwide.

For further information on Nielsen and the services they offer, please contact Caroline Atford on (09) 970 4188 or [email protected]

Ovato Retail Distribution & Ovato Print

Ovato is Australasia’s leading media, marketing and printing company, providing highly specialised standalone media services that together offer fully integrated supply chain solutions to print media, retail, SMEs, real estate, and publishing clients. Around our core offering of print and distribution, we give modern marketers the tools and services to reach audiences and turn them into customers.

Ovato Print is a leading provider of pre-press and print services, creating products as varied as catalogues, magazines, books, brochures, stationer, packaging and point of sale collateral.  We have been offering end to end solutions for marketing and business collateral to New Zealand businesses for over 18 years.

For further information, please contact Kim Schofield on (09) 928 4200 or [email protected]

Ovato Retail Distribution has over 100 years of experience and distributes over 2,200 titles to over 3,200 retailers, representing the largest and best publishers from around the world, through to local start-ups. We provide retail national account representation; demand forecasting and allocation management; retail marketing & merchandising and distribution of magazines to supermarkets, bookstores, service stations, dairies and other specialist retailers throughout New Zealand. We strive to continuously improve our services – scanning the world for better solutions – and are actively involved in the New Zealand and world publishing & distribution communities.

For further information, please contact Tony Edwards [email protected]

Solution Dynamics

Solution Dynamics specialises in personalised communications, offering a complete communication solution that includes all aspects of an integrated communication solution – from data processing, full mail printing services, automated machine processing or manual hand assembly through to postal or courier lodgement of completed mail packs. They also provide multiple delivery streams including physical and electronic mail.

For further information on Solution Dynamics and the services they offer, please contact Lesley Cuttle  [email protected]

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