move2nz is NetGuide finalist 3rd year running

Over the past three months New Zealand’s public have been voting for their favourite websites in the 2010 People’s Choice NetGuide Web Awards.

A record-breaking number of votes have been cast this year with an increase of more than a third over 2009. Full results will be announced in the annual awards ceremony on 19th August hosted by Ben Hurley, one of New Zealand’s favourite comedians.

Top three finalists for the 25 categories were announced yesterday, a list dominated by household names such as Telstraclear, Trademe and Google.

Amongst all of the national and multi-national companies however is one website you may not have heard of: move2nz.com.

Launched in 2005 to provide help and support to skilled workers settling in Aotearoa move2nz.com is the brainchild of migrants Mike and Tammy Bell.

“The site is intended to give benefit to New Zealand by helping retain top skilled workers attracted here” said Mike Bell, architect of the site.

Run as a non-profit organisation, move2nz has been helping thousands of newcomers survive the rigours of migration to integrate into New Zealand society, providing both economic and cultural benefit.

You may be even more surprised to learn that this is the third year running that move2nz has been listed as a finalist for the Best Community Website, winning the category in 2008 and 2009 despite serious competition such as Donatenz.com and GrownUps.co.nz. This year Plunket.org.nz has joined the competition making move2nz the underdog.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be recognised again.” said Bell. “It’s been a tough year but the support of our fantastic community and Partners has pulled us through. We never expected to win anything and just to make finalist again is amazing.”

Developed to promote excellence and recognise the hard work and dedication of the online community in New Zealand, the Web Awards is now in its 12th year and has become the most influential and prestigious honour for Internet excellence.

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