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2017 Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Award Recipients Announced

The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc are delighted to announce the recipients of this year's annual awards evening.


The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc are delighted to announce the recipients of this year's annual awards.

The 2017 Benny Award Evening was held at Crowne Plaza in Auckland on Sunday 8th of October. Hosted by Jacqui Clarke, the night saw appearances from legends of entertainment including Frankie Stevens, Lavina Williams, Tina Cross, Gray Bartlett and Tom Sharplin.

The supreme award, The Benny, went to international country music performer Kevin Greaves.

Agnew Award for Excellence : Bruce King
Pacific Entertainment Top Female Artist Award : Lavina Williams
Pub Charity Top Male Artist Award : Paul Town Treweek
New Zealand Entertainment Academy Top Musician Award : Ken Strong
Stage & Screen Travel Top Group Award : The Lady Killers - Tina Cross ONZM, Jackie Clarke, Suzanne Lynch MNZM
Lou Clauson Top Variety Artist Award : Steve Larkins - Mercury Rising
Top Children’s Entertainer : Andy Wonder
Pat McMinn Rising Star Award : Jenny Mitchell
Rielly Comedy Award : Penny Ashton
Limelight Productions International Achievement Award : Rhys Darby
Unsung Hero Award : Ruth Gould
Nostalgia Award : Billy Karaitiana (AKA Billy Kristian)
VAC Scroll of Honour : Tim Beveridge, John Callesen, Ric Carlyon MNZM, Ray Eade, Rodger Fox ONZM, Stanley Goudge JP, Mark Leishman, Steve McDonald, Rachel Rouge
Fullers Entertainment Award : Greg Peacocke
President's Award : Max Merritt, Gray Bartlett MBE, David Hartnell MNZM
Benny Award : Kevin Greaves

The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand (VAC) is the premier association for entertainers and performing artists in this country. The organisation was formed in 1966 to foster the friendship and cooperation of members and to promote goodwill in the entertainment industry. Membership is open to those with a connection to the entertainment industry – performers, musicians, actors, writers, agents, those involved with the technical aspects of production etc.

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Written by

Mick Peck

9 Oct 2017

Auckland Magician Mick Peck is an award winning entertainer and member of London's Magic Circle, the world's premier magic society.