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ACP Media Scoops Magazine Awards

ACP Media Scoops Magazine Awards

ACP Media won one of two Supreme Awards and scooped 14 out of 52 category awards on offer at the Magazine Publisher Association’s (MPA) Magazine of the Year Awards 2005 announced in Auckland tonight.

Claire McCall, Editor of Your Home & Garden and New Zealand Home & Entertaining was named Supreme Winner Editor of the Year after earlier winning Best Editor in the Home & Food category. The award judges commented that “Claire brings a huge energy to her dual role. It is not easy to edit two publications well with significantly different positioning.”

“This is a great win for Claire McCall and for everyone involved in New Zealand Home & Entertaining and Your Home & Garden,” says ACP Media Group Publisher, Debra Millar. “The quality of the work put in by Claire and her team is the reason why thousands of New Zealanders turn to ACP Media’s home titles for inspiration. In the past four years, our home titles have experienced double digit growth in circulation and readership.”

ACP Media had winners and finalists across almost every main award group and category.

Joining Claire McCall in the Editor of the Year Winners award group are Nigel Horrocks of NetGuide for Special Interest, Rosemary Barraclough of Little Treasures for Contract and Robyn Langwell of North & South for Current Affairs/News.

Three ACP Media magazines were category winners in the Magazine of the Year Group. Next beat out all contenders to win the Lifestyle category, while Little Treasures and NetGuide took out the Contract and Special Interest categories respectively.

Jackie Jones of Australian Women’s Weekly won Sales Person of the Year for her extremely strong contribution to the bottom line performance of the magazine.

The company’s journalistic strength was demonstrated with Journalist of the Year awards going to Amanda Cropp of Next in the Lifestyle category and Virginia Larson of North & South in the Current Affairs/News category. Helen Brown of Next also won the Lifestyle category for Columnist of the Year.

ACP Media’s design depth was recognised in several awards. For Designer of the Year, the Contract Publishing category was won by Susanne Baldwin of Air New Zealand Magazine and the Current Affairs/News category went to Jenny Nicholls of Metro. Metro also took the Current Affairs/News category as a Cover of the Year winner.

“Having winners and finalists right across the board shows ACP Media’s strength as New Zealand’s leading magazine publisher and continues our track record of leadership in the magazine market,” says ACP Media Chief Executive Officer, Heith Mackay-Cruise. “We make a significant investment in our products and people to ensure they are of the highest calibre, and this is reflected in our success in the MPA Magazine of the Year Awards.

“ ACP Media’s business is driven by an understanding of what matters to New Zealanders, and we are focused on delivering local and international content that is both compelling and relevant. Our performance at the awards shows our publications are essential reading for thousands of New Zealanders.”


Editor’s Note:

The Magazine Publishers Association (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. The MPA awards are held annually and celebrate the best of the best in New Zealand ’s magazine industry.

This year, in addition to two supreme awards for Magazine Editor of the Year and Magazine of the Year, awards were given to 52 categories across ten main award groups.

The 10 award groups include:

Best magazine of the year

Editor of the year

Cover of the year

Designer of the year

Journalist of the year

Columnist of the year

Circulation/promotion of the year

Launch/relaunch of the year

Website of the year

Sales person/team of the year

ACP Media winners and finalists are:

Supreme Award of Magazine of the Year

NetGuide – Finalist

Next – Finalist

Little Treasures – Finalist

Supreme Award of Editor of the Year

Claire McCall – NZ Home & Entertaining, Your Home & Garden – Winner

Nigel Horrocks – NetGuide – Finalist

Rosemary Barraclough – Little Treasures – Finalist

Robyn Langwell – North & South – Finalist

Website of the Year Award

NetGuide ( – Finalist

Autopoint ( – Finalist

Sales Executive

Jackie Jones – Australian Women’s Weekly – Winner

Circulation Promotion of the Year

She – Finalist

Journalist of the Year – Lifestyle

Amanda Cropp – Next – Winner

Journalist of the Year – Current Affairs / News

Virginia Larson – North & South – Winner

Nicola Shepheard – North & South – Finalist

Columnist of the Year – Mass Market

Julie Biuso – New Zealand Woman’s Day – Finalist

Columnist of the Year – Lifestyle

Helen Brown – Next – Winner

John Aiken – Next – Finalist

Alison Gofton – Next – Finalist

Columnist of the Year – Current Affairs / News

Robyn Langwell – North & South – Finalist

Designer of the Year – Lifestyle

Rachel Morton – FQ Men – Finalist

Designer of the Year – Special Interest

Monique Facon – NetGuide – Finalist

Designer of the Year – Contract

Susanne Baldwin – Air New Zealand Magazine – Winner

Designer of the Year – Current Affairs / News

Jenny Nicholls – Metro – Winner

Bella Trussell-Cullen – North & South – Finalist

Magazine Cover of the Year – Contract

Air New Zealand Magazine – Finalist

Magazine Cover of the Year – Lifestyle

Next – Finalist

Fashion Quarterly – Finalist

Magazine Cover of the Year – Mass Market

New Zealand Woman’s Day – Finalist

Magazine Cover of the Year – Current Affairs / News

Metro – Winner

North & South – Finalist

Editor of the Year – Home & Food

Claire McCall – Your Home & Garden – Winner

Claire McCall – NZ Home & Entertaining – Finalist

Editor of the Year – Mass Market

Jenny Farrell – Australian Women’s Weekly – Finalist

Editor of the Year – Special Interest

Nigel Horrocks – NetGuide – Winner

Editor of the Year – Contract

Rosemary Barraclough – Little Treasures – Winner

Jenny Farrell – Air NZ Magazine – Finalist

Editor of the Year – Current Affairs / News

Robyn Langwell – North & South – Winner

Magazine of the Year – Home & Food

NZ Home & Entertaining – Finalist

Magazine of the Year – Special Interest

NetGuide – Winner

Magazine of the Year – Mass Market

Australian Women’s Weekly (NZ Edition) – Finalist

Magazine of the Year – Lifestyle

Next – Winner

Magazine of the Year – Contract

Little Treasures – Winner

Air New Zealand – Finalist

Magazine of the Year – Current Affairs / News

Metro – Finalist

North & South – Finalist

About ACP Media

ACP Media is New Zealand ’s leading magazine publisher. The company’s Consumer Division publishes some of the country’s most popular magazines, including Woman’s Day, The Australian Women’s Weekly and Next, and iconic titles such as Metro and North & South. Trader Group’s stable includes, Auto Trader, Motor Buyer’s Guide, The Car Dealer, Trade-A-Boat and Buy Sell & Exchange, as well as a number of associated online services including, and ACP Media’s Property Classifieds Division publishes a range of real estate advertising titles including Property Press and Real Estate magazines and websites. ACP Media operates a national distribution network through its subsidiary Netlink, which distributes publications to retailers across the country. ACP Media is a subsidiary of Australian Consolidated Press Limited, a division of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.

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