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New Zealand Publishers Celebrate Annual Awards. Full List of Award Winners

30 Jun 2009

The Magazine Publishers Association (NZ) celebrated its annual awards at the Rendezvous Hotel in Auckland on Thursday 25th June with Farifax Magazines, NZ Gardener winning the Supreme Magazine of the Year. Below is the full list of award winners:-


Lindsey Dawson

A Lifetime Achievement Award and Honorary membership of the MPA is presented once a year, at the discretion of the MPA Executive Board. It recognises an outstanding contribution to the magazine publishing industry over a period of time. Previous recipients are Robin Beckett, Warwick Rodger, Reg Birchfield, and Jean Wishart. Lindsey Dawson has a far-reaching media background which has stood them in good stead as an award winning editor, journalist, and columnist, as well as lately being a blogger, speaker, novelist and book writer, and reviewer. She began a career in journalism as a reporter for the Auckland Star and went on to work for the Western Leader before moving to radio, working there as both a researcher and talkback host.
Returning to print journalism in 1980 as a feature writer for Metro, Lindsey became a well known part of New Zealand's magazine industry, and over the years has contributed to such titles as NZ Herald's Canvas, Citymix, Rainbow News, and Plenty. This Lifetime Achiever has been part of the judging panel for past MPA Awards, but most notably she was founding editor of three major women's titles in her career - More, Next, and Grace.


MPA Award Winners (and Highly Commended)

Magazine Website of the Year - 4 Finalists from 10 entries
• WINNER - (HB Media)
• WINNER - (Healthy Food Media)


Best Use of Photography - 5 Finalists from 13 entries
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Feature called ‘Dairy Defined', in Dish (Tangible Media)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Feature called ‘Genuine Articles', in Good (HB Media)
• WINNER - Feature called ‘The Venturers' in Idealog (HB Media)


Launch / Re-launch of the Year - 3 Finalists from 5 entries
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - OHbaby! (OHbaby! Limited)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Mindfood (McHugh Media)
• WINNER - Good (HB Media)


Circulation Promotion of the Year - 3 Finalists from 5 entries
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Mitre 10 Projects (MMS Publishing)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - NZ Gardener (Fairfax Magazines)
• WINNER - Healthy Food Guide (Healthy Food Media)


Advertising Sales Achievement of the Year - 3 Finalists from 8 Entries
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Trudy Parsons-Smith, NZ Life & Leisure (Fairfax Magazines)
• WINNERS - Ben Gibb & Sarah Yetton, Inspire (HB Media)



Columnist of the Year - 7 Finalists from 14 Entries
• WINNER - Donal Curtin, Unlimited (Fairfax Business Group)
• WINNER - Diana Wichtel, NZ Listener (NZ Magazines)


Journalist of the Year - 7 Finalists from 24 Entries
• WINNER - Sarah McDonald, The National Business Review (Fourth Estate Holdings)
• WINNER - Rebecca Mcfie, NZ Listener, (NZ Magazines)


Cover of the Year - 15 Finalists from 37 entries
Mass Market
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - NZ Womans' Weekly (NZ Magazines)
Custom Publishing
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Inspire (HB Media)
• WINNER - Mindfood (McHugh Media)
Home, Food & Garden
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Healthy Food Guide (Healthy Food Media)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Urbis (AGM Publishing)
• WINNER - Cuisine, (Fairfax Magazines)
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Unlimited (Fairfax Magazines)
• WINNER - Idealog (HB Media)
Current Affairs
• WINNER - NZ Listener (NZ Magazines)
Trade Professional
• WINNER - Architecture NZ (AGM Publishing)


Designer of the Year - 9 Finalists from 14 entries
Lifestyle + Mass Market + Custom Publishing
• WINNER - Adrian Clapperton, Good (HB Media)
Home, Food & Garden
• WINNER - André Kini, Urbis (AGM Publishing)
Business + Trade Professional
• WINNER - Adrian Clapperton, Idealog (HB Media)


Editor of the Year - 14 Finalists from 27 Entries
Lifestyle & Mass Market
• WINNER - Sido Kitchin NZ Woman's Weekly (NZ Magazines)
Home, Food & Garden
• WINNER - Niki Bezzant Healthy Food Guide, (Healthy Food Media)
Current Affairs
• WINNER - Pamela Stirling, NZ Listener (NZ Magazines)
• WINNER - Fiona Rotherham Unlimited (Fairfax Business Group)
Trade Professional
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Keith Ingram, Professional Skipper, (VIP Publications)
• WINNER - Trudy Cliff, NZ Retail (Tangible Media)
Custom Publishing
• WINNER - Sarah Heeringa, Inspire (HB Media)
Magazine of the Year - 17 Finalists from 31 Entries
Sport & Leisure
• WINNER - Wilderness (Lifestyle Publishing)
Lifestyle & Mass Market
• HIGHLY COMMENDED - Creme, (NZ Magazines)
• WINNER - Simply You, (NZ Magazines)
Home, Food & Garden
• WINNER - NZ Gardener,(Fairfax Magazines)
Current Affairs
• WINNER - NZ Listener (NZ Magazines)
• WINNER - Idealog (HB Media)
Trade Professional
• WINNER - NZ Retail (Tangible Media)
Custom Publishing
• WINNER - Inspire (HB Media)


• Idealog (HB Media)


• Adrian Clapperton (HB Media)


• Niki Bezzant, Healthy Food Guide (Healthy Food Media)


• NZ Gardener (Fairfax Magazines)

Judges described NZ Gardener as busy, busy and packed with information - just how its readers like it. Value for money, lively and approachable - a remarkable success. NZ Gardener has been published continuously since 1944, and can boast a loyal subscriber base, and clear commercial success. Circulation, Readership and Ad Sales all grew last year - judges described the title as "Flourishing". It is an excellent example of brand leverage across many platforms - including website, e-newsletter and blogs, events, other media appearances - all contributing to strong reader relationships and interaction. Editor Lynda Hallinan was described by judges as being "in there, boots and all", popping up with the NZ Gardener brand all over the place.
NZ Gardener also won Supreme Magazine of the Year in 2007.



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