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REINZ Property Journalism Award Winners Announced



The best of the best in property journalism were recognised in Auckland last night at the 2001 Real Estate Institute of New Zealand Property Journalism Awards.

Journalists from throughout New Zealand gathered to celebrate excellence in property journalism.

The award for Best Property Portfolio went to New Zealand Herald’s Anne Gibson, who received $2,000 plus the President’s Trophy.

The other finalist in this category was Sally Lindsay from The Property Business, whom judge Terry Hall said “submitted and excellent range of articles”.

A new award, Best Lifestyle Portfolio was created for this years awards, designed to recognise the growing field of property journalism focused on delivering articles describing New Zealand homes and how we live in them. The winner of the inaugural award is NZ Home and Entertaining’s Claire McCall, and her colleague Penny Lewis was named runner up.

Jenni McManus of The Independent won Best Single Item – Commercial for her extensive investigative work on the Princes Wharf development, while another Independent staffer, Jon Stephenson was runner up for his story on the floundering fortunes of a $3.7 million Levin rest home and retirement development.

The winner of the Best Provincial Property Portfolio for the third consecutive year was Rhonda Joy Markby from the Timaru Herald, for her “wide range of highly readable articles".

In her second award of the evening, Anne Gibson of the New Zealand Herald was awarded The Single Best Item – Residential. There was heavy competition for this award, which attracted the highest number of entries, and Judge Terry Hall noted the exceptionally high standard of this years entries. Andrew King of Residential Property Investor was named runner up for his well researched article on proposals for residential rental properties to require a “certificate of fitness”.

A story exploring the impact of the dairy industry monopoly on rural property values earned freelance journalist Chris Hutching, writing for The Property Business the Best Single Item – Rural Award. Runner up, Campbell McIlroy of the National Business Review, was commended for his article on the rising values for dairy properties.

For the second consecutive year, National Business Review journalist Campbell McIlroy won the RealENZ-sponsored Best Single Item – Real Estate and Technology Award, for his article on the impact of e-commerce on the property business, with the introduction of on-line leases.

The judge for this year’s Awards is one of New Zealand’s leading business journalists, Terry Hall. Mr Hall is the New Zealand correspondent for The Financial Times in London and is a former business editor of The Dominion and former managing editor of Reuters Economic Services.

REINZ Property Journalism Award Finalists and Winners

Best Property Portfolio
Winner: Anne Gibson New Zealand Herald
Runner Up: Sally Lindsay AGM Publishing

Best Provincial Portfolio
Winner: Rhonda Joy Markby Timaru Herald
Runner Up: Gail King Times Media Group

Best Lifestyle Portfolio
Winner: Claire McCall NZ Home & Entertaining
Runner Up: Penny Lewis NZ Home & Entertaining

Best Single Commercial Item
Winner: Jenni McManus The Independent
Runner Up: Jon Stephenson The Independent

Best Single Residential Item
Winner: Anne Gibson New Zealand Herald
Runner Up: Andrew King Residential Property Investor

Best Single Real Estate & Technology Item
Winner: Campbell McIlroy National Business Review
Runner Up: Sally Lindsay The Property Business

Best Single Rural Item
Winner: Chris Hutching The Property Business
Runner Up: Campbell McIlroy National Business Review


Real estate information is also available via the Institute’s official property directory – RealENZ – on the Internet. RealENZ is a search facility providing comprehensive information on residential, lifestyle, rural, commercial, investment and rental properties. RealENZ’s Internet address is:

For further information contact: Mr Rex Hadley, National President
The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand Inc
Phone: (07) 839 5085
Mobile: (025) 904 015

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