2009 Award of the Year Awards

December 22, 2009

In the short term the market is a popularity contest, in the long term, a weighing machine.

— Warren Buffett

I’m pleased to announce the first annual Award of the Year Awards, the awards that celebrate awards themselves.

Open to all comers, the self-proclaimed prestigious AOTY Awards will recognise excellence and success in recognising excellence and success (note: naming sponsorship opportunities still available!).

Without doubt 2009 has been a stellar year for awards.  We insecure overachievers have been spoilt for choice.  Hardly a week has gone by without an awards announcement helping us all to once again separate the true winners from those merely nominated, or otherwise busy.

The AOTY Awards will employ a respected and impartial judging system that has been tried and tested over many years – all nominations and votes will be collected and tallied by an auditor from a reputable local firm, at which point semi-finalists will be announced.  From there we will proceed to evening gown and swimsuit rounds before choosing five finalists.  There will be a final interview round before the runner-up and winner will be selected by a panel of international judges.  If, for any reason, the winner is unable to fulfil their duties as AOTY Award holder during 2010 the runner-up will be given the opportunity to fill their place.

So, without further ado, I pronounce the nominations and voting open.


Note our system for keeping track of nominations allows only names of a certain length, so any votes for the “New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants 2009 Leadership Awards” should be made under the abbreviated title of “NZCIA 2009 Leadership Awards”.  Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


We have received a query regarding the eligibility of “The Biggest Loser” as an award, given its who-sucks-the-least format.  Judges can confirm that all votes for this entry will be accepted.  If we’re going to allow “The Qantas Media Awards” then it’s only fair, eh!