The ONYAs - a celebration of New Zealand's web industry

A celebration of New Zealand's web industry

The future of the ONYAs

August 12th, 2011

We started the ONYAs in 2010 because we wanted to celebrate the amazing work done by the New Zealand web industry. We wanted to create an occasion and a space for you all to come together — to share, to talk, to learn, to listen and to celebrate.

We wanted the ONYAs to mean something. To be awards that people were eager to enter and proud to win. We wanted them judged by people respected by the industry and clearly knowledgable.

And most of all, we wanted the ONYAs to be for those of you working in the trenches. Building, designing and writing the sites. Cutting the code and building the apps. We created Webstock for you and we wanted the ONYAs to be for you.

We hope we’ve succeeded in that. We’ve certainly tried. We’ve put a lot into the ONYAs these past two years.

We’re not in a position to present the ONYAs for 2012. Financially the burden is too great for us, and we can’t justify the unpaid time we need to spend to produce the event. Whilst we could possibly scale things down — you know us, that’s not really our style! We’d rather the ONYAs were remembered for two fabulous nights and two wonderful competitions.

We’d like to thank everyone who entered the ONYAs — the winners, the finalists and, most especially, everyone else who entered. Your support for something new was wonderful.

We’d like to thank all of our judges over the two years of the ONYAs. The time you gave up, the dedication you brought and the knowledge you shared as immense.

And we’d like to give a huge shout-out to Shift (especially) and to New Zealand Post — our two sponsors for the first year of the ONYAs. Without your support, they would not have happened.

It may be that the ONYAs can come back, but for us, for this year, this is the best decision.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Webstock in February 2012!

10 Responses to “The future of the ONYAs”

  1. Alan says:

    Very sad news indeed – it was the only New Zealand competition dedicated to the web – unlike the Best Awards where web is an afterthought.

    I hope you bring it back for the long-term sake of the industry.

  2. Galen King says:

    Mike, I’m really sorry to hear this.

    You and your team created something great for New Zealand and it’s such a shame it can’t continue. If there’s anything we (members of the web community) can do to help make this happen again, please do reach out and let us know.

    Keep up the great work with Webstock and Lil Regie and maybe we’ll see the ONYAS again in 2013!

  3. Graeme Blake says:

    Hi, I’m interested to understand the funding issues as our digital director has bought the demise of the ONYAs to my attention and we may be in a position to help out.

    Best Regards
    Graeme Blake

  4. Jan Bieringa says:

    Yes it will be missed – it certainly is a unique & generous event as is Webstock.
    The current climate is challenging & volatile so probably a very wise decision, but we will miss it.

    Thankyou Mike & the team

  5. sue says:

    Sad news indeed! Surely there’s body out there that can be sought for funding. NZ creative needs to be recognised!

  6. Alison Green says:

    Oh guys that’s such sad news! The ONYAs was awesome right from the start and it’s been such a thrill to be able to put forward work I’m proud of and to have that recognised. I do hope you’re able to find funding to make it happen again.

    Thank you to the whole ONYAs/Webstock team for all your incredibly hard work and inspirational attitudes. We love you!

  7. The ONYA’s will indeed be remembered for two fabulous nights.
    You guys do such a great job!

    We’ll see you at Webstock! And here’s hoping the ONYA’s will be a part of our lives again in the future.


  8. I would like to help out. Please contact me I can put in a lot of time ife needed.


  9. Gary Barber says:

    That’s sad news.

    The ONYAs certainly the best run awards that I have every seen.

    However I’m very much aware of the time and financial commitment that such an amazing competition requires. Often this level of work isn’t appreciated or understood by the general community.

    I however can tell you the OYNAs are world class.

    Anything I can assist with, just let me know.

    Gary Barber

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