Halberg Awards

It’s the country’s pre-eminent sports awards, a must-see event on the sporting calendar that celebrates New Zealand’s greatest sports stars excelling on the world stage. And, this year’s Halberg Awards are coming LIVE to SKY Sport in less than a fortnight.

Hosted by Anna Stanley, SKY Sport netball presenter and former Halberg Awards winner, and Prime News anchor Eric Young, the 52nd Halberg Awards promises to be an evening of drama, debate, celebration and glamour, set to divide the sporting public all over again. Continue reading »

The 51st Halberg Awards are on tonight at 8:00pm on Sky Sport 1.

Here are the finalists:

High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year
Aaron Gate (Cycling), Andrew Nicholson (Equestrian), Kieran Read (Rugby), Scott Dixon (Motorsport).

High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year
Lauren Boyle (Swimming), Lisa Carrington (Canoeing), Lydia Ko (Golf), Valerie Adams (Athletics). Continue reading »

emmy2There’s a very interesting article out from the Associate Press this morning about TV networks in the US looking for huge rating winning events like Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk over the grand canyon.

With ratings for Wallenda’s tightrope walks across Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon in mind, networks are taking meetings from people pitching programs about cars flipping over, or an attempt to set a record for simultaneous skydives. They’re all on the hunt for the next big event.

Social media and television’s economic system have given rise to a counterintuitive trend: The more opportunities there are for people to watch TV on their own time with DVRs and video on demand, the more valuable programming that can deliver a big live audience has become.

Appointment viewing is where broadcast television has the most opportunity for big ratings and you only have to look at the numbers for the finales for shows like The X Factor NZ, The Block NZ and New Zealand’s Got Talent to see that.

It’s not just stunts. Live sports, awards shows, singing competitions and the Olympics are all examples of programs that networks consider DVR-proof. Continue reading »

Imagine a TV awards where you only saw TVNZ talent.

halberg-white-logoSKY Sport is delighted to broadcast New Zealand’s premier sports awards – the 50th Westpac Halberg Awards celebrating the outstanding achievements of the country’s elite athletes throughout 2012. SKY’s coverage starts with VIPs entering Auckland’s Vector Arena on the Red Carpet at 8.00pm followed by the Awards themselves, LIVE at 8.30pm.

SKY Sport’s coverage starts with Red Carpet arrivals, where Stephen McIvor and Laura McGoldrick will bring viewers all the glitz and glam as attendees arrive. Veteran broadcaster Eric Young and SKY Sport broadcaster Melodie Robinson have the honour of hosting the 50th Westpac Halberg Awards from 8.30pm. Continue reading »

New Zealand model, actress and reality TV show host Rachel Hunter has been confirmed to cohost SKY Sports LIVE coverage of the 2011 Westpac Halberg Awards at the SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland, on Thursday 9th February.

Hunter, a keen rugby fan and supporter of the All Blacks, was most recently in New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup and is flying in from her Los Angeles home especially for the event to co-host New Zealand’s pre-eminent national sporting awards with SKY Sports’ Stephen McIvor.

“I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this event. We are blessed with a considerable number of great athletes in New Zealand so it’s great to be a part of this special ceremony to acknowledge the achievements of our local sporting stars from the past year,” she said.

“This will be the first time I’ve presented a live event in New Zealand and I am delighted to be working with someone of Stephen’s calibre to celebrate the sporting excellence of my fellow Kiwis,” said Hunter, who has previously co-hosted the Laureus World Sports Awards with John McEnroe.

SKY Sports coverage starts with LIVE red carpet arrivals, where Dennis Katsanos, Melodie Robinson and Lavina Good will bring viewers all the glitz and glam as attendees arrive, followed by a special preview show before LIVE coverage of the event starts at 8.30pm.

For the second year running, the Westpac Halberg Awards will include New Zealand’s ‘Favourite Sporting Moment’ for 2011, which is decided by public vote. The criteria is ‘the most exciting, remarkable or compelling sporting moment, game or series during 2011 involving NZ sporting teams and individuals at home or abroad”. To view the nominees and vote for New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment, visit www.skysport.co.nz/sportingmoment

For more information on the Award categories, Voting Academy, Criteria and voting process go to www.halberg.co.nz

BREAKING: Dick Tayler has resigned from the Halberg Awards judging panel over the decision to award the supreme prize to the All Whites.