March 2012


The latest winner of New Zealand’s most coveted media award is Bradley Ambrose, the freelance cameraman who recorded the famous “teapot tapes” – and who finally won his freedom this week when police decided not to press charges.

Judges of the Alcohol Sponsorship Press Award (ASP) hoped that the award, and the prize of a bottle of rum, would help Ambrose celebrate the end  to one of the most dismal sagas in New Zealand media history.

“Basically, the guy got hung out to dry by Prime Minister John Key, and the media didn’t do much about it,” said Metro hack and awards convenor Steve Braunias.

“It was kind of reminiscent of when Key tried – and failed - to rubbish the reputation of freelance journalist Jon Stephenson.

“Press solidarity is obviously too much to ask in this day and age of class warfare. We hope Ambrose accepts the rum as a gesture of goodwill, as well as a drop to add to a nice hot cup of tea.”

Ambrose will receive a bottle of award-winning Stolen Rum (in choice of white or gold variant) as his prize.

The ASPs, established in 2011, are held in association with Stolen Rum, and are announced each Friday on the Twitter account @SteveBraunias.

The award recognises excellence and strangeness in New Zealand media, including social media, and is open to editors, reporters, subs, weblog writers, photographers, illustrators, critics and even Michele Boag.

The judging panel comprises a seasoned media professional in each of the four main centres, as well as Gisborne and Kaikoura.

Previous winners of the ASP include Cheryl Riley (Hokitika Guardian), TV3 political editor Patrick Gower , Christchurch author Jane Bowron, George FM radio host Nick Dwyer  , Masterton eelologist Jermaine Kerehi  and Wellington boxer Sir Robert Jones.

This week’s finalists are: