GrabOne sweeps web awards

By Ben Irwin

Gobook, operated by GrabOne, also won the award for Best New Launch, Relaunch or Innovation. Photo / Thinkstock
Gobook, operated by GrabOne, also won the award for Best New Launch, Relaunch or Innovation. Photo / Thinkstock

GrabOne has cleaned up in the country's premier website awards, beating some of the country's most recognisable brands.

The daily deals site owned by APN, publisher of the Herald, won best website at the New Zealand NetGuide Awards held at The Hilton in Auckland last night. It beat auction giant Trade Me, Stuff and the All Blacks website. It was voted for by 290,000 Kiwis - the highest number in the competition's 16-year history.

The fast growing website also picked up awards for Best Shopping Site and Best Site for Travellers.

Gobook, operated by GrabOne, also won the award for Best New Launch, Relaunch or Innovation.

GrabOne, which launched in 2010, employs 132 people. GrabOne general manager Ryan Watkins said the multiple wins were a credit to the hard work done by his team.

"It's been three years of of these guys working hard," Mr Watkins said.

"They're all pumped, these guys work so hard and they've put in some big hours, so to have this sort of recognition is a nice pat on the back for for all the hard work they've put in."

Mr Watkins said the accolades showed that GrabOne was becoming a big player in New Zealand's e-commerce industry.

"We're moving out of being a daily deal site and growing into more of a complete e-commerce site."

List of winners

* Best Overall Site: Grabone.co.nz
* Best Shopping Site: Grabone.co.nz
* Best Site for Travellers: Grabone.co.nz
* Best Employment Site: seek.co.nz
* Best Home Page: google.co.nz
* Best Trading Site: Trade Me.co.nz (uncontested)
* Best Lifestyle site: NZDating.com
* Best Site for Families: WhatNow.tv
* Best Sports & Recreation Site: AllBlacks.com
* Best Online Fundraising Initiative: givealittle.co.nz
* Best Real Estate Site : Trade Me.co.nz
* Best Government Award: ird.govt.nz
* Favourite Social Media Page: GayNZ
* Best Financial Site: kiwibank.co.nz
* Best Site for Gamers: Mightyape.co.nz
* Best Web Developer: Zeald
* Best Online Forum: Geekzone.co.nz
* Best Site for Small Business: Xero.com
* Best ISP: Vodafone
* Best New Launch, Relaunch or Innovation: GoBook.co.nz
* Best Mobile Network: 2Degrees
* Best PC Manufacturer: HP
* Best Site for Students: studyit.org.nz
* Best Mobile App: BNZ Mobile App
* Best Entertainment Site: tvnz.co.nz/video
* Best Blog: whaleOil.co.nz
* Best News Website: stuff.co.nz.

- NZ Herald

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