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Vorb takes home Netguide Award

The 10th annual Netguide Awards saw cycling website Vorb ride away with "Best Sports and Recreation Site" award for the second year in a row. The New Zealand public cast over 70,000 votes for the 2008 People's Choice NetGuide Web Awards which are recognised as the most respected and sought after digital media awards in New Zealand.

Vorb was created by ID's very own Tama Easton who spends his weekdays at ID helping our clients develop their online communities and his weekends doing frankly irresponsible things on mountain bikes in the hills, forests and mountains around New Zealand. Vorb has one of the strongest online communities in New Zealand with the "Vorbii" inhabiting almost every corner of New Zealand and providing a near continuious stream of content to the site.

In a rare tie Vorb shared the award with, something that didn't faze Tama "Considering the size of the All Blacks brand and the financial might of the NZRFU behind them I'm stoked that an indie cycling website I built from scratch in my spare room can share the top spot with them." Of course Tama can't play his "indie" card for much longer, Vorb Limited and ID are now working together in a joint venture to make full use of Vorb's passionate community and huge multimedia library of content.

Another winner on the night was Gameplanet who took away the awards for "Best Games Related Site" and "Best Online Shopping Site" as well as making the finals for "Best Youth Site". Gameplanet is on the ID Network with a weekly audience of 27,000 unique browsers (not including the Gameplanet Store) making it the most popular gaming marquee in New Zealand. Gameplanet was relaunched at the end of February with the new look and feel cementing it's popularity with the New Zealand public.