AWARDS

EMPA NEW ZEALAND AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION

The Annual EMPA Awards for Excellence in Emergency Communication have been established to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to emergency communications in New Zealand.

This year the New Zealand EMPA Awards will be presented as an online event. Date TBC.

ENTRIES CLOSE MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2020.

CATEGORIES

For emergency communication – Readiness and Resilience

A project or activity that contributes to improved community preparedness and / or resilience.

For emergency communication – Response

Communicating effectively during an emergency response.

For emergency communication – Recovery

Supporting the recovery of a community impacted by an emergency.

For published research that advances emergency communication by

Improving community preparedness and/or resilience

Increasing the effectiveness of communication during an emergency response;

Enabling agencies to better support communities recovering from an adverse event.

For media

In-depth and balanced coverage of a topic that increases public understanding of a hazard or an emergency response.

Comprehensive and accurate reporting before or during an emergency response, contributing to public safety

For emergency communication – Readiness and Resilience

A project or activity that contributes to improved community preparedness and / or resilience.

For emergency communication – Response

Communicating effectively during an emergency response.

For emergency communication – Recovery

Supporting the recovery of a community impacted by an emergency.

For published research that advances emergency communication by

Improving community preparedness and/or resilience

Increasing the effectiveness of communication during an emergency response;

Enabling agencies to better support communities recovering from an adverse event.

For media

In-depth and balanced coverage of a topic that increases public understanding of a hazard or an emergency response.

Comprehensive and accurate reporting before or during an emergency response, contributing to public safety

ELIGIBILITY

The EMPA Awards are open to:

    • All who make an active contribution to emergency management in New Zealand in any capacity, provided that their activity is directly associated with communication / public information.
    • Students, tutors or teaching staff in any accredited tertiary institution, whose research is directly related to emergency management in New Zealand.
    • Journalists, including freelancers, who report on hazards and/or emergency responses in New Zealand.
    • Individuals, teams and organisations are all eligible for nomination.
    • The project, activity, research or coverage which is the subject of the nomination must be contemporary in nature, e.g. carried out or substantially completed within the previous 12-24 months, ending: 30 June 2020 
    • For media, the material must have been published/broadcast within the 12 months ending: 30 June 2020

NB: Fellows of EMPA are ineligible to be nominated as individuals. Teams which include Fellows, or organisations which employ them, are eligible for nomination.

JUDGING

    • A panel including EMPA Fellows will judge each category.
    • The judges may, at their sole discretion, make inquiries or request additional information to verify or confirm any aspect of any entry. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of each nominee to ensure that their entry provides sufficient information and supporting evidence to enable a complete assessment to be made.
    • Where there are enough entries in a category, the judges may at their sole discretion choose a runner-up and / or highly commend one or more nominees.
    • If in the opinion of the judges there is no nomination of a sufficient standard to warrant an award in a category, the judges may decline to make an award in that category,or may commend an entry without announcing it as the winner.
    • The decision of the judges is final.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Each entry must:

  1. Be made on the official online entry form (click here)
  2. Provide sufficient information and supporting evidence to clearly explain the intention and scope of the activity or project, and what it achieved.