Stars turn out for NZTV Awards

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 22:00 03/11/2012

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The best in the business were frocked up and ready to party at 2012 New Zealand Television Awards.

TV2 hit Go Girls took out the award for Best Drama Series.  Each season the show, which stars Anna Hutchinson and Jay Ryan, follows a year in the life of a group of friends living in Auckland's North Shore.

It was one of more than 40 awards handed out at Auckland's Langham Hotel last night, where the stars were forced to dodge some wet Auckland weather in order to hit the red carpet.

Siege, the true story of Jan Molenaar, the gunman who held Napier hostage in 2009, won five awards including the new category Best One-Off Drama. Mark Mitchinson took out the Best Actor Award for his role in the programme, while Miriama Smith was named Best Supporting Actress.

The Best Actress Award went to Sara Wiseman for her portrayal of Kate Sheppard in What Really Happened - Votes for Women.

Wiseman, who has starred in Mercy Peak and The Cult, was previously named Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Matariki.

Coverage of the Vodafone NZ Music Awards 2011 won top honours in two categories, including Best Entertainment or Event Programme, and Best Comedy Series went to TV3's Hounds, despite the fact it has not been renewed for a second series.

In the hotly contested battle of the networks, TV3's 3 News was named Best Scheduled News Programme, while Maori TV's Julian Wilcox was named Best News or Current Affairs Presenter for his work on Political All In.

Best Current Affairs Series went to 60 Minutes.

More than 478 entries were made across 46 categories for this year's awards, which were decided by 112 judges.

"This may have been the most difficult year ever for the judges. So many categories had such strong entrants it was extremely difficult to choose a winner. Each and every winner and finalist was most deserving of the accolades they have received," said award organiser Rick Friesen.

This is the first year the television awards are being held separately from the film awards.

Winners of the 2012 New Zealand Television Awards:

Best Drama Series – Go Girls Season 4
Best One-Off Drama – Siege
Best Comedy/Comedy Series - Hounds
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress – Miriama Smith, Siege
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor – Mick Rose, Tangiwai – A Love Story
Best Performance by an Actor – Mark Mitchinson, Siege
Best Performance by an Actress – Sara Wiseman, What Really Happened – Votes for Women
Best Presenter: Entertainment/Factual – Matai Smith, Homai Te Pakipaki
Best Presenter: Te Reo Maori – Julian Wilcox (Native Affairs)
Best Factual Series – Radar Across the Pacific
Best Observational Reality Series – SPCA Rescue – Christchurch Earthquake Special
Best Constructed Reality Series – The Food Truck
Best Children’s/Youth Programme – Let’s Get Inventing
Best Information Series – Global Radar
Best Entertainment/Event Programme – Vodafone NZ Music Awards 2011
Best Scheduled News Programme – 3 News
Best News or Current Affairs Presenter – Julian Wilcox, Political All In (Native Affairs, Maori TV)
Journalist of the Year – Melanie Reid, Eye of the Storm (60 Minutes)
Best News Reporting – Duncan Garner and Patrick Gower, Secret Tea Tapes (3 News)
Best Current Affairs Series – 60 Minutes (TV3)
Investigation of the Year – Melanie Reid and Eugene Bingham, The Eye of the Storm (60 Minutes)
Best Current Affairs Reporting for a Weekly Programme or One-Off Current Affairs Special – Mark Crysell and Julie Clothier – Cherry Blossom Tragedy (Sunday)
Best Current Affairs Reporting for a Daily Programme – Gill Higgins and Chris Lynch, Online Predators (Close Up)
Best Breaking News Coverage – One News, Carterton Ballooning Tragedy
Best Director Entertainment/Factual – Julie Christie, The Block NZ
Best Director Documentary – Gerard Smith, When a City Falls – The People’s Story
Best Director Drama/Comedy – Fiona Samuel, Bliss – The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield
Best Cinematography Documentary/Factual – Simon Baumfield, Shakelton’s Captain
Best Editing Documentary/Factual – Ken Sparks, Richard Lord, When a City Falls – The People’s Story
Best News Editing – Luis Portillo, Fashion (Breakfast)
Best Current Affairs Editing – Bob Grieve, Aftershock (60 Minutes)
Best Popular Documentary – The Green Chain
Best Feature or Documentary Drama – Strongman – The Tragedy
Best Maori Language Programme – Whare Taonga
Best Script: Comedy/Drama – John Banas, Siege
Best Multi-Camera Direction – Mitchell Hawkes, Vodafone NZ Music Awards 2011
Best Cinematography Drama/Comedy – David Paul, Tangiwai – A Love Story
Best News Camera – Phil Johnson, Fiji Floods (3 News)
Best Current Affairs Camera – Daniel Grade, Horn of Africa Famine (60 Minutes)
Best Editing Drama/Comedy - Margot Francis, Bliss – The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield
Best Original Music – Don McGlashan, Bliss – The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield
Best Sound Design – Chris Burt, Siege
Best Graphics – Vinay Ranchhod, Devil in the Detail
Best Production Design – John Harding, Tangiwai – A Love Story
Best Costume Design – Sarah Voon, Go Girls Season 4
Best Make-Up Design – Linda Wall, Tangiwai – A Love Story

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