Rob Campbell, NBR journalists pick up gongs

Karyn Scherer at last night's Shareholders Association awards

This year’s winner of the New Zealand Shareholders Association’s 2017 Beacon Award is Rob Campbell, chairman of Tourism Holdings and Summerset, and chairman-elect of Sky City.

The annual award – which recognises business leaders who demonstrate bravery in standing out from the crowd on controversial issues, are respectful of owners and ensure fair and equitable outcomes – was presented at an event last night at Auckland’s Northern Club.

The evening also featured the inaugural New Zealand Shareholders Association Business Journalism Awards, at which a two-all draw between NBR and was broken by NBR’s Karen Scherer taking out the Business Journalist of the Year Award.

Ms Scherer won the feature story category for her stories about an accounting scandal at Fuji Xerox (the other finalist was NBR’s Tim Hunter, with his ‘A $6.6m whodunnit’).

The Young Business Journalist Award was won by NBR’s Jason Walls.

Jenee Tibshraeny of won the business news category (NBR’s Jenny Ruth was the other finalist, with early stories from her ultimately revelatory, change-making Fletcher Building series) while that website’s Gareth Vaughn won for business commentary (the other finalist was Rod Oram).

Ms Scherer’s awards were both a fitting tribute and a vindication for the investigative reporter, given the NZSA’s awards were created as a result of the fallout from media organisations abandoning the now-defunct EY Business Journalism Awards, after organiser EY disqualified her entry on the scandal involving its former client, Fuji Xerox.

Rob Campbell won the Beacon Award for 2017

Mr Campbell, meanwhile, was cited for “not just because of the strong performance of listed companies he chairs, nor even his demonstrated ability to manage assets, build organisational capabilities or bring needed change … [but for] his willingness to speak out on issues without fear or favour,” said NZSA chairman John Hawkins.

“His comments around directors needing to take a more hands-on approach, to manage the managers, to not be tick box governors, the limited imagination of some boards and the disconnect between reality and how bankers and finance professionals are remunerated may not be universally applauded. But all are pertinent and encourage necessary dialogue and debate.

“Rob has spoken about directorships requiring a holistic approach. NZSA believes his career has demonstrated exactly that,” Mr Hawkins said.

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Well deserved Karyn and kudos to NBR for its championship of investigative journalism

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Good on her. I must say that this site in general is one of the better business news sites around.
The only good thing that I can say about is that it has Gareth Vaughn working for it. Some others not too bad either.

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One of the better business news sites around? You jest, Ivan. It’s head and shoulders over the rest. And any high profile awards are always just the top of the iceberg.

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Most of the NBR Journalists,are real Journalists. Not like most of NZs Sound, Print, and Picture "Journalists". More like fake news or chauvinists hoping even half their lies , are not true. NBR journalists endeavour to tell both sides of the story. The awards they have received sums it all up.
Hope the pretenders who dont work for NBR take note. Time for that lot to win some respect from the public who pay their wages, if that is possible.

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One only has to look at the parade of dodgy characters being written up as business leaders and heroes by the mainstream media reporters (definitely not journalists, let alone investigative journalists) to know that their opinions and reporting can be bought for a cheap wine and dine experience.

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