Joseph Parker a finalist for Halberg New Zealand Sportsman of the Year

13 January, 2017

Joseph Parker announced as finalist for New Zealand's Favourite Sporting Moment of 2016.

Voting open for public choice category at 54th Halberg Awards

Ten sporting highlights from 2016 have been announced for New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment Award, the only category that is selected by the public at the 54th Halberg Awards.

WBO World Heavyweight Champion, Joseph Parker has made the list following his win over Mexican Heavyweight Andy Ruiz , becoming the first Kiwi to win a heavyweight title.

The sporting moment award gives the New Zealand public the opportunity to choose the nation’s most exciting, remarkable, or compelling sporting moment, game or series in 2016.

Vote for Joseph Parker:

Voting is now open for the Sporting Moment of the Year award. You can vote once a day from now until 9.00pm on Thursday 9 February 2017.

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The full list of Sporting Moment of the Year finalists are:

  • Joseph Parker – claiming the WBO World Heavy Weight Championship belt – (Parker vs. Ruiz, Auckland).
  • Brendon McCullum – world record century in 54 balls during his final test for the Black Caps (Black Caps vs. Australia, Hagley Oval, Christchurch).
  • Luuka Jones – winning New Zealand’s first ever canoe slalom medal, earning silver at the Rio Olympics (K-1 Canoe Slalom, Rio Olympics, Rio de Janeiro).
  • Mahe Drysdale – secures a gold medal with his final rowing stroke at the Rio Olympics (Men’s Single Scull, Rio Olympics, Rio de Janeiro).
  • Lisa Carrington – winning her second medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, making her the first New Zealand female to win two medals at the same Olympics (Woman’s K-1 500m, Rio Olympics, Rio de Janeiro).
  • Eliza McCartney – winning the bronze medal with her final pole vault attempt at the Rio Olympics. (4.80m, woman’s pole vault, Rio Olympics, Rio de Janeiro).
  • Nikki Hamblin – helping fellow competitor Abbey D’Agostino to her feet mid-race (Woman’s 5000 metre heat, Rio Olympics, Rio de Janeiro).
  • Liam Malone – winning two gold and a silver medal at his first Paralympics (Rio Paralympics, Rio de Janeiro).
  • All Blacks - setting the new record for most consecutive test wins with 18 straight victories (All Blacks vs Wallabies, Bledisloe Cup, Auckland).
  • Shane van Gisbergen – First New Zealander in 25 years to win the V8 Supercar Championship. (Sydney 500, V8 Supercar Championship, Sydney).
  • Joseph Parker – claiming the WBO World Heavy Weight Championship belt – (Parker vs. Ruiz, Auckland).

The winner will be presented at the 54th Halberg Awards on Thursday 9 February 2017 at Vector Arena in Auckland and televised live on SKY SPORT from 8pm.

Everyone who votes before 30 January 2017 will go in the draw to win a trip for two including flights and accommodation to the awards. Visit to read the competition terms & conditions.

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