NZ Industry Experts come together to judge the best of the Broadband Sector

An experienced panel of 12 judges, consisting of some of New Zealand’s leading executives, senior business people, consumer champions and industry professionals from organisations such as Bauer Media, AUT, Downer and Nanogirl Labs have been selected for the 2018 Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards.  The judging panel includes:

  • Gavin Male, CEO of NZ Compare and the Broadband Compare Awards
  • Alex Grace - CTO of NZ Compare
  • Craig Young - Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Association of NZ (TUANZ)
  • Liz Gosling - Chief Information Officer at Auckland University of Technology
  • Donna Spargo – National Delivery Team Manager for Downer New Zealand
  • Pat O’Connell – CIO of the Rank Group
  • Tristan Ilich – Data & Telco Leader for Aurecon
  • Matthew Jackson – Commercial Director for Bypass Networks
  • Anchali Anandanayagam – Principal for Hudson Gavin Martin
  • Ben Lenihan – President of New Zealand eSports Federation
  • Joe Davis – Founder & CEO of Nanogirl Labs
  • Michael Fuyala – Head of Digital for Bauer Media

Launched in 2017, the awards recognise excellence and achievement across the broadband sector in New Zealand.  This year Broadband Compare joins forces with TUANZ, the independent membership group representing users of digital connectivity.

Gavin Male, CEO NZ Compare, says: “Our judges have been selected for their expertise in the New Zealand broadband sector.  In addition to the founders of NZ Compare we have bought together a judging panel made up of a wide range of New Zealand's professionals from a variety of sectors.”

Craig Young, CEO TUANZ, says: “The representation on our judging panel shows the important role of high quality connectivity to our day-to-day lives and the future of New Zealand. These awards fit very well with TUANZ’s goal of continuing to advocate for ubiquitous high quality connectivity across New Zealand and the need to continue to recognise improvements and innovation in this area.”

Gavin Male adds that, “The Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards are all about recognising achievements and innovations across the broadband and communications sector. A strong ICT sector that produces accessible and high speed internet is critical to the many conveniences New Zealanders enjoy in their lives. It contributes to our economic growth impacting regional commerce, education, government operations, enhancing our culture, and allowing us to connect with the world.”

Last year’s recipients of the awards included a double victory for Slingshot as winner of the Broadband Compare People’s Choice Award and Consumer NZ Broadband Provider of the Year. Winners for other categories included 2Degrees, Solarix, Slingshot, MegaTEL, Now NZ, Wireless Nation, My Republic, Slip, and Stuff Fibre.

The Broadband Compare TUANZ Award are the broadband sector’s premier awards. Entries for the awards are now open and close on September 17, 2018 at 18:00.  The awards will be presented at a Gala Awards Ceremony on November 8, 2018 at The Orange Coronation Ballroom.


About the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards

The Awards are a joint venture between Broadband Compare (, a free to use broadband comparison website that lists and compares hundreds of different broadband plans from over 120 different New Zealand broadband providers, and TUANZ (, the independent, not-for-profit membership association with over 170 New Zealand corporate and individual members.

For more information or requests

Gavin Male, CEO, Broadband Compare  Tel: 021 086 46020  Email:

Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ  Tel: 021 488 188  Email:

Biographies of the 2018 judging panel:

Gavin Male, Founder of NZ Compare and the Broadband Compare Awards

Gavin is the Founder of NZ Compare and the Broadband Compare Awards and he returns as a judge in 2018. Before he founded NZ Compare Gavin worked for a range of leading online businesses in the UK, Europe and the US.

Alex Grace - CTO of NZ Compare

Alex is the CTO of NZ Compare, New Zealand's only comprehensive online comparison website. Before founding NZ Compare Alex worked for a range of leading online businesses in Russia for 5 years where he launched several successful online projects. A very keen online gamer and all round technical wizard, Alex has very different demands from his home broadband connection to the everyday Kiwi consumer. This perspective and day to day involvement in working with New Zealand ISP’s and all aspects of the Broadband Compare website make him a valuable addition to the Broadband Compare Awards judging panel.

Craig Young - Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Association of NZ (TUANZ)

Craig is passionate about the communications industry and the opportunity it offers for improving business and personal lives in New Zealand. He is currently the Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Association of NZ (TUANZ), which as a member based organisation educates and advocates for the improvement of communication services across NZ. TUANZ has a proud history of providing leadership in representing the views and needs of the people and businesses that rely on communications technology every day.

Liz Gosling - Chief Information Officer at Auckland University of Technology

Liz leads a team of 170 people, and is responsible for information technology provision for AUT’s staff and students, including 6,500 + desktop and laptop computers, IT and Digital plans, networking, audio visual services, innovation, contracts and software licensing, customer relationships and support services, as well as the development teams and infrastructure. Her role is focussed on contributing to the University’s strategic direction, creating and executing ICT strategy, building collaborative relationships with key stakeholders across the University and ensuring that ICT delivers excellent services and value.

Donna Spargo – National Delivery Team Manager for Downer New Zealand

Donna is a dedicated telecommunications user and industry professional who is passionate about NZ digitally connecting with the world and the benefits this will bring. She has been working in the telecommunications industry for the past 18 years since joining CLEAR Communication in 1997. Currently working at Downer NZ as National Manager of the Work Management Centre, which is responsible for dispatching and managing over 600k jobs a year for many of NZ’s key service providers.

Pat O’Connell – CIO of the Rank Group

Pat is Christchurch based, and for the past 10 years has been CIO of the Rank Group, a private company with extensive manufacturing interests and operating concerns worldwide. Pat has worked in and around the IT industry all his working life, in various roles, ranging from a technical focus through to management. Prior to his current role he was CIO of Carter Holt Harvey, and earlier worked in technology at Telecom New Zealand and consulting with Ernst & Young.

Tristan Ilich – Data & Telco Leader for Aurecon

Tristan is passionate about Digital, IoT and Advanced Technologies which can create real human, business and social benefits. As a Chartered Professional Engineer by background, and with a strong focus on project delivery and client service excellence, Tristan is a recognised Data & Telco industry leader with over 20 years’ experience in NZ, Australia and the UK. Tristan has a proven track record in the area of governance, project directorship and engineering design across wide range of Data & Telco infrastructure deployments for mobile and fixed networks, core nodes and exchanges, co-location facilities, data centres, disaster recovery facilities and mission critical systems for a range of public and private enterprises. Tristan is currently leading Aurecon’s Data & Telco business in NZ focusing on managing key client relationships as well as developing new service offerings to clients in IoT, Digital Advisory and Data & Telco Infrastructure Asset Management. Tristan is the TUANZ representative on the NZ IoT Alliance.

Matthew Jackson – Commercial Director for Bypass Networks

Matthew has worked in telecommunications since 2003 working with many of New Zealand's telcos, mobile operators, 2nd tier operators and regional  WISPs. He worked on 2degrees’ marketing launch, got 'naked' with WXC, spent time on Telecom's rural broadband stand with BCL and helped Kordia win a TUANZ award in 2009.

As the Commercial Director at Bypass Networks — a global company headquartered in New Zealand and an NZTE F700 customer — he watches global trends in mobile and broadband markets overseas. He has spoken at NOG and ISOC events in India about online safety. He is an investor in Doctor2Go, a company using the web to reduce the time it takes to see a doctor or mental health professional. Matthew is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, one of a community of impact entrepreneurs building meaningful solutions to global problems.

Anchali Anandanayagam – Principal for Hudson Gavin Martin

Anchali’s main areas of practice are technology procurement, development and support, capacity and dark-fibre procurement, outsourcing, services, licensing and commercialisation.  She advises both customers and suppliers of technology, media and telecommunications products and services.

Anchali has specialised in technology, media and telecommunications for the last 12 years, and has extensive experience advising both public and private sector clients on their ICT and general commercial arrangements.  Her clients have included Government departments and ministries, crown entities and district health boards, network operators, telecommunications providers, media and post-production companies and start-up businesses.

Ben Lenihan – President of New Zealand eSports Federation

Ben is President of the New Zealand eSports Federation as well as a NZ qualified lawyer specialising in technology and business. He has also advised commercial operators on the establishment of eSports businesses and the operation of eSports events.

Having worked as a lawyer throughout Europe, he can attest to the growing importance of NZ being connected to the world via excellent broadband services. He is well aware of the importance of good internet connectivity to the whole NZ economy and the great opportunities it can bring.

Joe Davis – Founder & CEO of Nanogirl Labs

Joe is the Founder & CEO of Nanogirl Labs.  A passionate entrepreneur and innovator, Joe has built and led organisations ranging from the tech sector to sea rescue, the performing arts to corporate consulting.  Joe has an extensive background in leading innovation and change, turning new ideas into reality.

Joe leads the Nanogirl Labs team worldwide.  Nanogirl Labs are working to unlock human potential. They believe that everyone should have the chance to enjoy a meaningful relationship with STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Internet connectivity plays a vital role in enabling learning and remote working across diverse geographic locations.

Michael Fuyala – Head of Digital for Bauer Media

Michael heads up Bauer Media’s quickly growing and diversifying digital business, which in just over three years has grown audience three-fold to more than 1.5 million monthly visits with revenue growing five-fold during the same period.  Prior to this Michael launched successful digital lifestyle products at NZME. and was part of the Event Cinema Group’s Executive team that achieved a significant turnaround and diversification of this business.

Michael will bring valuable experience and knowledge to the judging panel through his understanding of the New Zealand consumer and what and how they are using the internet and how broadband is playing a bigger part in their everyday lives.

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