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NZ Listener wins major publishing award


NZ Listener wins major publishing award

2005 Magazine of the Year – SUPREME AWARD winner

Discerning readers have loved and treasured it for more than 65 years.

Now the publishing industry has honoured the country’s leading current affairs magazine naming the New Zealand Listener the best magazine published in 2004.

The NZ Listener beat seven other category winners to take the Supreme accolade at the Magazine Publishers’ Association Awards dinner in Auckland last night (April 8).

It also won Magazine of the Year in the Current Affairs category.

First published in 1939, NZ Listener is the country's leading current affairs magazine.

Editor Pamela Stirling says the NZ Listener is the ultimate weekly destination for readers who want to keep ahead of the game.

“In a world of the sound bite, dumbing down and information overload, the NZ Listener is the authority, a stronghold of world-class journalism and portrait photography. It never lets you down.

“Every week 333,000 New Zealanders depend on the magazine to challenge and inform them so they can lead debate in their sphere of influence. It’s a readable, topical, lively and entertaining magazine for the whole family.”

The NZ Listener’s political editor Jane Clifton was also named Columnist of the Year in the Current Affairs category.

Also at the awards, NZ Listener’s stablemate the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly took the title of Magazine of the Year in the Mass Market category and its editor and journalists won three additional awards.

Maryvonne Gray was named Journalist of the Year, Sarah-Kate Lynch Columnist of the year and Nicky Pellegrino Editor of the Year.

NZ Magazines publisher Sarah Sandley is “absolutely thrilled” at the success of the company’s publications.

“The wins are testament to the favoured positions both these magazine have in the lives of New Zealanders.

“Our team has worked long and hard for these awards. So much goes in to creating successful weekly publications – from reception desk through writers, sub-editors, designers, advertising, marketing, circulation and customer services.

“This is a great win for a world class team – some people have devoted their entire working lives to the NZ Listener and it is fantastic their passion and dedication has been recognised.

“And readers are responding – our paid circulation increased in 2004, and paid subscriptions for both titles are at an all time high.”

The MPA Magazine of the Year Awards have been running for nine years and the 2005 awards are for issues published in the 2004 calendar year. There were 241 entries across all eight categories.

About NZ Magazines

NZ Magazines is a division of APN New Zealand. APN also publishes the NZ Herald, the Herald on Sunday and the Aucklander.

About NZ Listener

The NZ Listener was first published in 1939. It has an average weekly readership of 333,000[1]. Its readers are described as thinking, discerning New Zealanders occupying the top socio-economic groups. It covers the political, cultural and literary life of the country, as well as carrying television and radio programme listings. The magazine was completely redesigned in 2004 around the positioning of “the things that matter”. The publication’s research shows that every page of the magazine is read over the course of the more than two weeks it is in readers’ homes.

About NZ Woman’s Weekly

NZ Woman’s Weekly is a New Zealand magazine icon, first published in 1932 and the most-read women’s title in the country ever since. A mix of hot celebrity gossip and real life reads with inspirational lifestyle content, the New Zealand Women’s Weekly represents and celebrates all the things its readers love about New Zealand. It is unique in that its content is completely originated in New Zealand. It has a per issue readership of 923,000[2] and almost every page of the magazine was redesigned in 2004 to introduce more colour and energy.

NZ Magazines winners at 2005 MPA Awards

New Zealand Listener 2005 Magazine of the Year, Supreme Winner

New Zealand Listener Magazine of the Year – Current Affairs

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly Magazine of the Year – Mass Market

Jane Clifton (NZ Listener) Columnist of the Year – Current Affairs

Nicky Pellegrino (NZ Woman’s Weekly) Editor of the Year – Mass Market

Sarah-Kate Lynch (NZ Woman’s Weekly) Columnist of the Year – Mass Market

Maryvonne Gray (NZ Woman’s Weekly) Journalist of the Year – Mass Market

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