The Qantas Media Awards are now the Canon Media Awards (hat tip Homepaddock blog). It could be that Qantas would rather stay well away from the media at this time.
The thing many bloggers found most irritating about the Qantas awards was the awarding of best blogger prizes to newspaper bloggers. I've always considered newspaper blogging to be cheating. Isn't it just the same as being a columnist?
The response by one group of bloggers was a blogging award sponsored by Air New Zealand (except that Air NZ had nothing to do with it). That was also a bit of a flop, and the self-nominating criteria meant that only a couple of actually good bloggers entered.
Me, I don't really care about blog awards, although if I won one I should probably find myself boasting until my head exploded.
However, I do care about this: the New Zealander of the Year Award.
Look, I'm sure there are lots of worthy people out there who've done good work: cancer researchers, brave firefighters who've rescued trapped llamas from burning castles, one-legged dyslexic depressed comics who we have both laughed and cried with, yada yada...
But who has entertained you and uplifted you with incisive political commentary, an occasional satirical piece, and big fish?
If they don't nominate me as a finalist there will be trouble. In fact I WILL RAIN HELL UPON THEM ALL!