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NZ announces appointment of New Idea editor

Media Release

19 July 2011

New Zealand Magazines announces appointment of New Idea editor

Louise Wright returns to weekly publishing

New Zealand Magazines, publisher of the country's leading titles, today announced the appointment of Louise Wright to the position of New Idea editor.

Sarah Sandley, CEO of New Zealand Magazines, said the new editorship was a significant appointment."Louise's appointment demonstrates we're investing in the best talent in New Zealand to ensure New Idea reaches its full potential as a leading celebrity and news weekly.

"Louise strikes the balance of senior, strategic support coupled with hands-on experience. She has a clear vision for the title, excellent contacts, commercial nous and energy to burn."

A highly experienced editor with a proven track record, Louise was formerly editor of Woman's Day on two occasions (1995-97 and 2001-2003), editor in chief of The Australian Women's Weekly (NZ) , CLEO and SHE & MORE (1998-2001) , and editorial director of mass market titles at ACP Magazines from 2003 to 2008, when she left to head up the consumer division at PR agency Porter Novelli.

Talking about her appointment, Louise said she was thrilled to be returning to magazines and buoyed by taking up the editor's seat at New Idea.

"Publishing is my passion, and I love the cut and thrust of the weekly market that's constantly evolving. The opportunity to lead this magazine was irresistible and I look forward to shaping it in the coming weeks."

Louise starts on Monday August 22. Hayley McLarin, current editor of New Idea, leaves later next month to be communcations director for charity CureKids.

About New Zealand Magazines:

NZ Magazines is a division of APN New Zealand with an expanding range of magazine titles, including New Zealand Woman's Weekly, New Idea, That's Life!, the New Zealand Listener, Girlfriend, Creme, Simply You and Simply You Living.

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