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MPA Magazine of the Year Awards Announced

MPA Magazine of the Year Awards Show Depth of Talent and Strong Market

The best of the best in New Zealand ’s magazine industry have been celebrated in the Magazine Publisher Association’s (MPA) Magazine of the Year Awards announced in Auckland tonight .

MPA Executive Director John McClintock said a record number of entries and categories for this year’s awards highlights the impressive strength of the magazine market in New Zealand .

“We expanded the awards to cover 52 categories across ten main award groups this year and achieved a superb response rate with 241 entries,” says Mr McClintock. “It’s a reflection of the tremendous breadth and quality of magazines we have in New Zealand .

“Magazine readership has grown in recent years to 91 percent of New Zealanders, its highest level ever, which demonstrates that our magazine publishers are attracting millions of devoted readers.”

Taking the top honours were New Zealand Listener, which won the Supreme Winner of Magazine of the Year, and Your Home & Garden and New Zealand Home & Entertaining Editor Claire McCall, who was named Supreme Winner of Editor of the Year.

“New Zealand Listener is a cultural institution that continues to lead its news and current affairs sector week after week. The judges described the magazine as a spirited sexagenarian with a new look and plenty of good ideas, and I couldn’t agree more,” says Mr McClintock.

“Supreme Winner Editor of the Year, Claire McCall, does the difficult job of editing two magazines with different positioning incredibly well. She brings huge energy and tremendous skill to her role.”

“The calibre of all of this year’s finalists and category winners was exceptional. There is a great depth of talent in the magazine industry that bodes well for the future.

“The most successful magazines are those where journalists, designers and sales teams work together to create and deliver a great product – the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We saw a great deal of evidence of this in this year’s MPA Magazine of the Year Awards,” says Mr McClintock.

Judging the awards were leaders in creative design, content and publishing. They are Basil Christensen, Damon O’Leary, Billy McQueen and Lorenz Perry from Saatchi & Saatchi; Nigel Keats from Clemenger BBDO; Julie Dalzell, Nene King, Mike Hutcheson, Irene Gardiner, Gavin Ellis, Hugh Stringleman and Heather Albrecht.

The awards were presented at 7.30pm , Friday 8 April, at the Hyatt Regency, Auckland .


List of MPA Magazine of the Year Awards winners and finalists follows

About the Magazine Publishers Association

The MPA exists to foster and maintain high standards in magazine publishing – to ensure that readers, advertisers and publishers continue to benefit from the unique relationship that exists between them.

MPA members must audit all their publications on a regular basis to verify their circulation figures. These figures tell advertisers how many copies of a particular magazine are bought or distributed free of charge – and help advertisers quantify the potential reach of their advertisement, as do readership figures.

The MPA assists the magazine publishing industry by acting as a vanguard for professional standards, and by providing its members with a range of membership services.

As the national organisation for magazine publishing, the MPA is the industry’s interface with other associated organisations concerned with magazine publishing.

MPA Magazine of the Year Awards winners and finalists

Supreme Award of Magazine of the Year

News / Current Affairs – New Zealand Listener Winner

Trade Professional – Build

Home & Food – Cuisine

Special Interest – NetGuide

Business – Unlimited

Mass Market – NZ Woman’s Weekly

Lifestyle – Next

Contract – Little Treasures

Supreme Winner Editor of the Year

Claire McCall – NZ Home & Entertaining –

Your Home & Garden – ACP Media Winner

Rebecca MacFie – Unlimited – Unlimited Media

Nicky Pellegrino – NZ Woman’s Weekly – NZ Magazines

Nigel Horrocks – NetGuide – ACP Media

Rosemary Barraclough – Little Treasures – ACP Media

Robyn Langwell – North & South – ACP Media

Website of the Year Award

Cuisine Winner



PC World Highly commended


Sales Executive

Jackie Jones – Australian Women’s Weekly – ACP Media Winner

Sharon Brooksmith – Wares Magazine – Marketplace Press

Niki O’Brien – Cuisine / N House & Garden – Director

Parul Sheopuri – Pro Design – AGM Publishing

Launch / Re-Launch of the year

Freebie – Jones Publishing Winner

Tots to Teens – Tots to Teens Ltd Wellington Edition

Registered Master Builders Titles – New Zealand Magazines

Landscape New Zealand – AGM Publishing

Circulation Promotion of the Year

NZ Gardener – Fairfax Magazines Winner

NZ Listener – New Zealand Magazines

She – ACP Media

Journalist of the Year


Fiona Rotherham – Unlimited – Unlimited Media Winner

Darren Greenwood – MIS Magazine – MIS Fairfax Magazines

Keith Newman – Telecommunications review – Freeman Media

Mass Market

Maryvonne Gray – New Zealand Woman’s Weekly – NZ Magazines Winner

Mere Mulu – New Zealand Woman’s Weekly – NZ Magazines

Sharon Course – New Zealand Woman’s Weekly – NZ Magazines


Amanda Cropp – Next – ACP Media Winner

Prue Dashfield – on Holiday/NZ House & Garden – Fairfax Mags

Tina Liu – Tearaway – Tearaway Press

Current Affairs / News

Virginia Larson – North & South – ACP Media Winner

Nicola Shepheard – North & South – ACP Media

Tim Watkin – NZ Listener – New Zealand Magazines

Columnist of the Year


Russell Brown – Unlimited – Unlimited Media Winner

Donal Curtin – Unlimited – Unlimited Media

Sir Bob Jones – KPI Magazine – Momentum Group

Mass Market

Sarah-Kate Lynch – NZ Woman’s Weekly – NZ Magazines Winner

Colin Hogg – NZ Woman’s Weekly – NZ Magazines

Julie Biuso – New Zealand Woman’s Day – ACP Media


Helen Brown – Next – ACP Media Winner

John Aiken – Next – ACP Media

Alison Gofton - Next – ACP Media

Current Affairs / News

Jane Clifton – NZ Listener – NZ Magazines Winner

Robyn Langwell – North & South – ACP Media

Diana Wichtel – NZ Listener – NZ Magazines

Designer of the Year


Day Barnes – Real Groove – Real Groovy Winner

Charlie McKay – Tearaway – Tearaway Press

Rachel Morton – FQ Men – ACP Media

Trade / Professional

Adrian Clapperton – Architecture NZ – AGM Publishing Winner

Home & Food

Mary Davy – Dish – Jones Publishing Winner

Adrian Clapperton – Urbis – AGM Publishing

Tracey Ellin – NZ House & Garden – Fairfax Magazines


Adrian Clapperton – ProDesign – AGM Publishing Winner

Amanda Trayes – Unlimited – Unlimited Media

Jennifer Askew - AdMedia – Profile Publishing

Special Interest

Julie Gilbert – >>FFWD – IDG Communications Winner

Andre Kini – Player – Max Magazines

Monique Facon – NetGuide – ACP Media


Susanne Baldwin – Air New Zealand Magazine – ACP Media Winner

Mary Davy – Freebee – Jones Publishing

Current Affairs / News

Jenny Nicholls – Metro – ACP Media Winner

Bella Trussell-Cullen – North & South – ACP Media

Derek Ward – NZ Listener – NZ Magazines

Magazine Cover of the Year


NZ Retail – NZ Retailers Association – AGM Publishing Winner

Air New Zealand Magazine – ACP Media

Bright NZ Trade & Enterprise – AGM Publishing

Special Interest

New Zealand Gardener – Fairfax Magazines Winner

>>FFWD – IDG Communications

NZ PC World – IDG Communications


ProDesign – AGM Publishing Winner

Unlimited – Unlimited Media Highly Commended

Property Business – AGM Publishing

KPI Magazine – Momentum Group

Home & Food

Dish – Jones Publishing Winner

Cuisine – Fairfax Magazines

Urbis – AGM Publishing


Tearaway – Tearaway Press Winner

Next – ACP Media

Fashion Quarterly – ACP Media

Mass Market

TV Guide – Fairfax Magazines Winner

New Zealand Woman’s Day – ACP Media

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly – NZ Magazines

Current Affairs / News

Metro – ACP Media Winner

North & South – ACP Media

NZ Listener – NZ Magazines

Trade / Professional

Architecture New Zealand – AGM Publishing Winner

Interior Details – AGM Publishing

Electrical Technology – Adrenalin Publishing

Editor of the Year

Home & Food

Claire McCall – Your Home & Garden – ACP Media Winner

Catherine Bell – Dish – Jones Publishing

Claire McCall – NZ Home & Entertaining – ACP Media


Rebecca Macfie – Unlimited – Unlimited Media Winner

Steve Bohling – ProDesign – AGM Publishing

Alison Peacock – Her Business – Momentum Group

Mass Market

Nicky Pellegrino – New Zealand Woman’s Weekly – NZ Magazines Winner

Jenny Farrell – Australian Women’s Weekly – ACP Media

Special Interest

Nigel Horrocks – NetGuide – ACP Media Winner

Sarah Beresford – New Zealand Gardener – Fairfax Magazines


Rosemary Barraclough – Little Treasures – ACP Media Winner

Jenny Farrell – Air NZ Magazine – ACP Media

John Cranna – AA Directions – Fairfax Magazines

Current Affairs / News

Robyn Langwell – North & South – ACP Media Winner

Pamela Stirling – NZ Listener – NZ Magazines

Magazine of the Year

Trade / Professional

Build – BRANZ – Building Research Association Winner

Grocers Review – GR Publishing

Architecture New Zealand – AGM Publishing

Home & Food

Cuisine – Fairfax Magazines Winner

Dish – Jones Publishing Highly Commended

NZ Home & Entertaining – ACP Media

Special Interest

NetGuide – ACP Media Winner

New Zealand Auto Car – Auto News Ltd Highly Commended

NZ Gardener – Fairfax Magazines


Unlimited – Unlimited Media Winner

ProDesign – AGM Publishing

Her Business – Momentum Group

Mass Market

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly – NZ Magazines Winner

TV Guide – Fairfax Magazines

Australian Women’s Weekly (NZ Edition) – ACP Media


Next – ACP Media Winner

On Holiday – Fairfax Magazines

Fashion Quarterly - ACP Media


Little Treasures – ACP Media Winner

AA Directions – Fairfax Magazines

Air New Zealand – ACP Media

Current Affairs / News

New Zealand Listener – New Zealand Magazines Winner

Metro – ACP Media

North & South – ACP Media

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