Onyas walk The Wire

Onyas walk The Wire
The Onya awards celebrate those who design, develop and create New Zealand's best websites and applications.

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A website detailing the story of New Zealand’s internet, from the highs to the lows and everything in between, walked away with the most outstanding website honour at February’s 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 handiwork of digital creatives Heyday, who had this to say about the project on their website:

“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.”

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

But hey, why settle for just one award? The folks at Heyday also won the best use of HTML and CSS category for Heyday’s own website.

And taking out that other important award, most innovative website—the one sponsored by Idealog, of course—was Kiwibank & Social Capital for a personal finance website called heaps! The website also picked up the best web application award.

The Onyas, created by the purveyors of Webstock (the “mostest bestest scientifically proven amazingest conference ever”), had their inaugural outing in February last year. And in the space of just two years, co-founder Mike Brown says there’s already been an increase in the standard of entries, a point not lost on the judges.

“The overall standard was very good this year and a number of the judges who have judged for the past couple of years thought the standard had increased this year,” says Brown.

He says Kiwis often do incredible work but don’t trumpet their success. “The judges comments prove that it is of worldclass standard,” he says. “They’re doing high standard work in virtually all the categories.”

But although the awards themselves are of a high standard, that doesn’t mean there’s no time for reflection. Brown says that in spite of the awards’ success and the fantastic industry support, he and co-founder Natasha Lampard will work with the industry to ensure the awards, as they stand, are what it wants.

The complete list of 2011 Onya winners


Winner: Heyday, for Down To The Wire

Finalists: Chrometoaster for NZ On Screen, Chrometoaster for Positively Wellington Tourism, and Shift for MetService

MOST INNOVATIVE — sponsored by Idealog

Winner: Kiwibank & Social Capital, for heaps!

Finalists: SilverStripe/ 1-Night for 1-Night, NV Interactive for Black Caps video Vault, and Ponoko for Ponoko


Winner: Resn & Crispin Porter and Bogusky, for Dominos ‘Behind The Pizza’

Finalists: NV Interactive for Canterbury Museum and Springload for Fringe Festival 2010


Winner: Kiwibank & Social Capital, for heaps!

Finalists: Eventfinder for Eventfinder Pro, Vend for Vend, and NV Interactive for Blackcaps Video Vault


Winner: Marker, for AlphaJax

Finalists: My Tours for My Tours and ACP Media for North & South


Winner: Heyday, for Down to the Wire

Finalists: Consumer New Zealand for Consumer New Zealand, NZ On Screen for NZ On Screen, and DNA for Ride Forever


Winner: Courtney Johnston, for Best of 3

Finalists: Miraz Jordan for Mac Tips, and Ben Gracewood for


Winner: Eventfinder, for Eventfinder Pro

Finalists: Shift for New Zealand Herald for iPad, Terabyte for Hermitage Hotel Website & Booking Engine, and Hive for Hive


Winner: Heyday, for Heyday

Finalists: Cactuslab for Public Address, and NV Interactive for Strategy


Winner: DNA/Pitch/ PixelFusion, for Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

Finalists: Ministry of Social Development for Ministry of Youth Development, and Chrometoaster for Word On The Street


Winner: Shift, for Metservice Mobile Site

Finalists: Jay Nielson for DayOut Mobile

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