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Awards go down to the wire. Really

A website detailing the story of New Zealand’s internet, from the high to the lows (and everything in between) has walked away with the most outstanding website honour at the recent Onya awards, which celebrate those who design, develop and create New Zealand's best websites and applications. 

Triumphant website Down To The Wire, which also took out the best corporate content category, is the handy work of digital creatives Heyday, who constructed the site as part of its 10th birthday celebrations and as part of relaunching exercise. 

“We challenged ourselves to be ‘our own client’, to create the project entirely in-house, to show our capability across disciplines and to share our passion for digital,” says the Heyday site. 

To take out the top honour, Heyday’s work pipped out Shaft for MetService and Chrometoaster twice over, once for NZ On Screen and another for Positively Wellington Tourism. 

You can get the complete story of Heyday’s creation on this super-informative website

And not content with only winning for client work, Heyday can also quite literally pat itself on the back after its own website won the best use of html and css category.

Other winners include Kiwibank and Social Capital in the most innovative category (sponsored by them folk at Idealog), for their personal finance management service website ‘heaps’. The website also won the best web application category 

DNA, PixelFusion and Pitch combined to create the winning website in the best accessibility category, for their work on the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) website. 

“Accessibility was top of mind as we wanted to make sure that graphical design experience equaled the usability experience for our members,” say the RNZFB. “These companies worked on the design and web development for the site, with amazing results.” 

Completing the list of 2011 winners...

  • Best visual design: Resn & Crispin Porter and Bogusky, for Dominos—Behind The Pizza!
  • Best mobile application: Marker, for AlphaJax
  • Best content (personal): Courtney Johnston, for Best of3 
  • Best user experience: Eventfinder, for Eventfinder Pro
  • Best mobile website or web application: Shift, for Metservice mobile site