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ACP Media the High Flyer at Qantas Media Awards

ACP Media the High Flyer at Qantas Media Awards

ACP Media triumphed in 13 out of the17 magazine feature writer sub-category awards on offer and had winners and finalists in several other categories at the Qantas Media Awards for print media announced in Wellington tonight.

ACP Media titles North & South and Metro were the most awarded magazines on the night, with their journalists winning eight and five magazine feature writer sub-categories respectively [Editors: refer to note at end of release], while Little Treasures was recognised as a finalist for Trade/Professional Magazine of the Year.

Among the 11 ACP Media journalists recognised for their skill and professionalism at the awards ceremony, Simon Farrell-Green of Metro was the winner of the Junior Magazine Feature Writer award, while North & South’s Nicola Shepheard and Mike White were finalists for the Senior Magazine Feature Writer category. “It has been a fantastic night for everyone involved in North & South, Metro and Little Treasures,” says ACP Media Group Publisher, Debra Millar. “Their consistently excellent standard of journalism is the reason why hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders turn to these publications to be informed about the issues that are important to them.”

North & South took home a swag of awards recognising the broad scope and high quality of its content. It beat all-comers in the feature writer sub-categories of Health & Medicine, Human Relations, Maori Issues, Pacific Islands Issues, Science & Technology, Sport & Racing, Tourism & Travel, and Government, Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs.

Published monthly since 1986, North & South is a respected commentator on national social, political and cultural issues, with a reputation for delivering hard-hitting stories. North & South has a circulation of 37,919 and readership is 300,000.

Metro, last year’s Qantas Media Awards Magazine of the Year, enjoyed another string of successes. The magazine scooped the feature writer sub-category awards for Crime & Justice, Environment & Conservation, General, Motoring, and Business, Finance & Consumer Affairs. In addition, Metro’s talented design team received accolades by taking out the Best Magazine Cover of the Year award.

The epitome of a metropolitan monthly magazine, Metro combines current affairs journalism, lifestyle, comment and excellent design and photography. It helps Aucklanders get the most of their diverse city while also tackling the big stories that all New Zealanders are interested in. Metro’s circulation is 16,882 and readership is 165,000.

“The success of our publications, journalists and designers across so many magazine categories is a resounding endorsement of ACP Media’s leadership in the magazine market,” says ACP Media Chief Executive Officer, Heith Mackay-Cruise. “Our performance at the Qantas Media Awards is a result of significant investment in our products and people to ensure they are consistently outstanding.

“ACP Media is focused on delivering local and international content that is both compelling and relevant to New Zealanders, and the recognition we have received in the Qantas Media Awards demonstrates we are succeeding.”


Editor’s note: ACP Media winners and finalists are:

Senior Magazine Feature Writer Finalist: Nicola Shepheard – North & South Finalist: Mike White – North & South

Junior Magazine Feature Writer Winner: Simon Farrell-Green – Metro

Business, Finance & Consumer Affairs Feature Writer Winner: Simon Farrell-Green – Metro – Buyer beware

Crime & Justice Feature Writer Winner: Bevan Rapson – Metro – The fall of Philip Sturm

Environment & Conservation Feature Writer Winner: Margo White – Metro – Prelude to a dawn chorus

General Feature Writer Winner : Frances Walsh – Metro – Idolatry

Motoring Feature Writer Winner: Frances Walsh – Metro – Trevor and Mr. Sun Government, Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs Feature Writer Winner: Mike White – North & South – Christmas in Iraq

Health & Medicine Feature Writer Winner: Jenny Chamberlain – North & South – To give or not to give

Human Relations Feature Writer Winner: Robyn Langwell – North & South – Doug Flett, New Zealander of the Year

Maori Issues Feature Writer Winner: Nicola Shepheard – North & South – Fierce Kuia

Pacific Islands Issues Feature Writer Winner: Hannah Sperber – North & South – Silence in paradise

Science & Technology Feature Writer Winner: Mike White – North & South – Superb scientists

Sport & Racing Feature Writer Winner: Margot Butcher – North & South – Bevan Dougherty’s silver lining

Tourism & Travel Feature Writer Winner: Amanda Cropp – North & South – Death in the mountain Best Magazine Cover of the Year Winner: Metro

Trade/Professional Magazine of the Year Finalist: Little Treasures

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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