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canvas celebrates its first birthday

canvas celebrates its first birthday

canvas, the Weekend Herald’s magazine, celebrates its first year with a bumper issue on March 6.

The glossy, stitched, Weekend Herald magazine is unique in New Zealand publishing and represents a bold strategy by APN, which outclassed all its competitors.

“canvas is all about people and issues, and feedback from our readers over the past year has been exceptional. It’s very popular and often the first part of the Weekend Herald people pick up. I believe the magazine has found its niche and I’m looking forward to another exciting year ahead,” says Carroll du Chateau, canvas editor.

“The larger than usual birthday issue includes a strong mix of stories from the riveting to the raunchy, featuring some serious opinion makers plus a look behind the seedier side of Auckland. Our chef Ray McVinnie shares the recipe for our celebratory birthday cake and we also revisit our favourite restaurants of the year.

“If a restaurant gets a good review it can be booked out as a result. One café owner reported that the day after the canvas review ‘half of Auckland turned up’ and it was their first full house. The crowd was rather unexpected but obviously the owners were happy,” Ms du Chateau says.

canvas’ strength is tackling topical issues and personalities over a wide range of subjects from sport to politics to social trends. Stories covered over the past year include Janet McAllister’s expose about Auckland’s new maternity services, Change of Heart; the story of a heart transplant patient, Lloyd Jones’ article that delved inside the head of then All Black coach John Mitchell and Wananga; inside our separatist education system.

The canvas editorial team is an award winning one with Ms du Chateau at the helm, deputy editor Jan Corbett and senior writer Eleanor Black, who recently won a Real Estate Institute of New Zealand award for her canvas story ‘getting back into the property market.’

Other regular canvas contributors include the brilliant satirist James Griffin, gardening columnist Neil Ross, personal finance specialists Martin Hawes and Joan Baker, wine writer Tim Harris and books editor Margie Thomson.

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