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Fairfax NZ takes top honours at 2011 Newspaper of the Year

Monday, 22 August 2011, 2:54 pm
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Fairfax New Zealand takes top honours at the 2011 Newspaper of the Year awards

Fairfax New Zealand took top honours at the 2011 Newspaper of the Year awards held last week in Sydney.

Christchurch “The Press” was a popular choice as Newspaper of the Year with a circulation between 25,000 and 90,000 in the prestigious Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (PANPA) Awards.

CEO of Fairfax New Zealand Allen Williams attended the awards and was delighted to see the industry recognise the work done by the The Press team under extraordinary circumstances surrounding the Christchurch earthquake.

“The audience at the gala dinner gave The Press team a standing ovation and I was very proud to stand alongside them. It was a well deserved win and I am extremely proud of The Press team,” says Williams.

Press photographer Iain McGregor also claimed a major award for his quake photography, sharing Photograph of the Year with Craig Greenhill from Sydney's Daily Telegraph.
The wider Fairfax group was also recognised for their excellence across a number of categories including top wins in digital.

Fairfax New Zealand's digital head, Nigel Tutt was awarded the 2011 Hegarty Scholarship for young executive of the year and Stuff's Rugby Heaven iPhone app took away the Specialty site award.

“Its the second year in a row that a young Fairfax executive has won the Hegarty Scholarship and I would like to congratulate Nigel and his team on the wins for their market-leading work,” says Allen Williams.

“Our updating of technology and systems has resulted in the growth and enhancement of Fairfax Media's news gathering and reporting. We’ve got the right people and the right technology to deliver top news around the clock -ahead of the competition,” he says.

Other winners include The Dominion Post for Audience/Circulation 25, 000-90, 000 and Events 25,000-90,000.

The PANPA Awards recognise excellence in newspapers, websites, photography and marketing and excellence in print and production and received entries from the Asia-Pacific region.
A full list of winners is available online at http://panpa.org.au/awards/

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