New Zealand Podcast Awards 2021

A full list of winners is available below.

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Key Dates


18th August 2021

Nominations Open

Submit your own podcast or your favourite podcast to be considered for this year's awards. You can enter more than one podcast category. Full list of categories can be found here

10th September 2021

Deadline for Nominations

Submit your podcast by the deadline and our judges will shortlist their top podcasts in each category. If you miss the deadline, you can still enter the Listeners Choice Awards.

6th October 2021

Deadline for Submissions

Podcasts shortlisted in each category will be invited to submit a highlight reel from their show along with a short interview about their Podcast production. EXTENDED TO 13TH OCTOBER

7th October 2021

Listeners Choice Vote

This is the big one and voted for by listeners. We're looking for New Zealand's favourite overall podcast. Voting will be open until the 30th October and the Podcast with the most listener votes will be crowned champion.

5th November

Deadline for Votes

Final day for fan votes is on the 5th of November, so make sure you've done everything you can to secure as many votes as you can from your listeners. They can still vote until midnight.

11th November

Awards Announced

The moment you've been waiting for. Time to announce the winners of the inaugural New Zealand Podcast Awards. There will be a gold, silver and bronze award for each category and Listeners Choice.


The New Zealand Podcast awards was set up to recognise the amazing work done by independent and professional Kiwi podcast producers across the country and abroad.

We're here to promote your shows, help you reach new listeners, reward quality content and celebrate our growing industry.

There are several ways to enter. You can submit a podcast for a specific category and our judging panel will shortlist their top five in each category, before announcing a winner in October.

There's also a listeners choice award which all category podcasts will automatically be entered into, with a fan vote determining the winner.

For a full list of dates and deadlines, check out our schedule here. And to submit a podcast, visit the nominations page here.

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Below are the list of categories for the inaugural New Zealand Podcast Awards. You can enter as many categories as you like and all entries will automatically be entered into the listeners choice awards which will go to a public vote.

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Interviews. movies, history, special interests and everything in between

Brought to you in partnership with Triton

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Keeping us entertained and laughing during lockdown and beyond

Brought to you in partnership with rova


The passionate pundits, fans and commentators from all the games we love

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Opinions, debate and all the latest happenings in the world of news and politics

Brought to you in partnership with Digital Commons

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From the latest advances in tech, to electric vehicles, artificial intelligence and beyond

Brought to you in partnership with Dot Social


Keeping us up to date with latest from the business and corporate world

Brought to you in partnership with Strategy


Recognizing Maori & Pasifika talent in the New Zealand podcast industry


For New Zealanders plying their podcast trade abroad and making waves

Brought to you in partnership with RNZ

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Rewarding the best indie podcasters who are not part of a major network or media company 

Brought to you in partnership with Acast


This is for international podcasts that have resonated with New Zealanders

Brought to you in partnership with Flashfomo


This category is exclusively for podcasts and shows that first aired on radio.

Brought to you in partnership with blueef studios

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Podcasts that have launched in the last 12 months and have made an impact with listeners

Brought to you in partnership with Triton


Best Science & Environment

Recognising podcasts in the realm of science and the environment.


Best True Crime

Investigative and narrative podcasts that explore true crime.


Best Current Affairs Podcast

Recognizing the best Kiwi podcast covering current affairs.

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As voted for by the fans, this will be determined by your loyal listeners

Brought to you in partnership with rova


Recognizing the best publishers in New Zealand who are producing multiple podcasts


Voting has now closed for 2021. The Listener's Choice award, brought to you by rova, will be announced on the 11th of November.

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