New Zealand Television Awards 2023 finalists announced, Newshub receives five nominations in news and current affairs

The finalists for the 2023 New Zealand Television Awards have been announced, with Newshub receiving five nominations in the news and current affairs categories.   

Those categories include Best News Coverage, Best Presenter: News & Current Affairs, Reporter of the Year, Best Current Affairs Show, and Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Programme.   

Newshub's nominations are as follows:   

Best News Coverage   

Newshub - Cyclone Gabrielle hits the East Coast: Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ / Newshub / ThreeNow and Three 

Best Presenter: News & Current Affairs

Patrick Gower, Newshub Live at 6pm, Paddy Gower Has Issues, AM, The Project NZ: Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ / Newshub / ThreeNow and Three   

Reporter of the Year    

Lisette Reymer, Newshub Live at 6: Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ / Newshub / ThreeNow and Three 

Best Current Affairs Show

Paddy Gower Has Issues: Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ / Newshub / ThreeNow and Three 

Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Programme   

The Hui: Great Southern Television / ThreeNow and Three.   

Newshub won Best News Coverage in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.    

Three/ThreeNow and parent company Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ also appeared in a number of other nominations, including Best Comedy (7 Days), Best Format Reality Series (Match Fit - League Legends), Best Entertainment Programme (Guy Montgomery's Guy-Mont Spelling Bee), Best Presenter: Entertainment (Karen O'Leary for Paddy Gower Has Issues), Best Editing: Drama / Comedy Drama (Rhys Green, Lachlan Wilson and Ben Winter for Double Parked), and Best Post-Production Design (Mikee Carpinter for Patrick Gower on Cyber Crime).

In the Factual and Documentary categories, the documentary Inside Child Poverty Revisited from Red Sky Film & Television Ltd for ThreeNow and Three has been nominated for the NZ on Air Best Documentary, while Imagination TV's Heartbreak Island (season 3, episode 12) for ThreeNow also scored a nomination for Best Original Reality Series.   

More than 490 entries were submitted across 37 judged categories before being whittled down to 115 nominations.     

This year's nominees represent content aired across local free-to-air networks TVNZ 1 & 2, Three, Sky Open (formerly known as Prime) and Whakaata Māori, as well as New Zealand-made programming on pay TV, digital and streaming platforms including Sky, TVNZ+, ThreeNow, Newsroom, The Spinoff, Stuff, RNZ and The Coconet.   

The finalists in the publicly voted 2023 Television Personality of the Year category are yet to be announced.   

The 2023 New Zealand Television Awards show will be held at Auckland's Viaduct Events Centre, on Tuesday, December 5, with actor and comedian Kura Forrester returning to host the event.   

The full list of the 2023 New Zealand Television Awards finalists can be found here.