30 August, 2013

APN New Zealand achieved its best result at the annual Pacific area newspaper and digital awards announced on Wednesday and last night in Sydney, winning two PANPA newspaper of the year titles, four individual recognitions for sales and editorial excellence and five team first place awards.

The Herald on Sunday won the highly competitive Sunday Newspaper of the Year category against papers from Australia, Singapore and the Pacific, and the Rotorua Daily Post was joint winner as the best daily  in the up to 10,000 circulation group.

The Post won three major awards, topping off a great year for the Rotorua team. Advertising manager Janine Davy was judged PANPA’s best advertising director across metropolitan, regional and community titles and Post photographer, Stephen Parker, was photographer of the year in the regional portrait category.

Other individual APN NZ staff judged the best in their field were New Zealand Herald real estate advertising account manager Sarah Dyer, who was PANPA’s classified sales executive of the year, and multi-award winning NZH photographer, Richard Robinson, backed up his Canon success being named PANPA photographer of the year in the national/metropolitan features category for his amazing series on whale migration.

The Bay of Plenty Times was a double award winner in the 10,000-25,000 circulation category, for marketing the new look Wednesday editions, and for the best advertising feature for the paper’s 140th anniversary supplement.

The full APN NZ award list is:


  • Herald on Sunday, Sunday Newspaper of the Year
  • Rotorua Daily Post, Daily Newspaper of Year (tied with Shepparton), up to 10,000 circulation
  • The New Zealand Herald, winner major newspaper marketing category (circulation 90,000+) for the  successful NZH compact launch campaign
  • Herald on Sunday, winner environmental journalism category for its beaches campaign
  • The  Bay of Plenty Times, marketing excellence in 10-25k circulation, new look Wednesday editions.
  • The Bay of Plenty Times, best advertising feature or supplement in 10/25k circulation for the 140th anniversary feature.
  • NZM digital team for best dedicated digital environment for a client, the Mercedes One to Watch campaign


  • Janine Davy, Advertising Manager/Director of the Year – advertising manager,  Rotorua Daily Post
  • Sarah Dyer, Classified Sales Executive of the Year – real estate account manager, New Zealand Herald
  • Richard Robinson, national/metropolitan features photographer of the year for his great whale migration photo essay.
  • Stephen Parker, portrait of the year, Regionals for his portrait “Stolen”

The awards are terrific recognition of the calibre of our teams and the high level of skill across the company.  The Newspaper of the Year categories are intensely competitive and the win by the Sunday and Daily Post is the result of every member of those teams striving and achieving the very best.

And let’s not forget who we do it for.  The readers of both the HOS and the Daily Post are already voting for these newspapers “with their pocket”.  The HOS has consistently achieved the best readership and circulation growth of any newspaper in the country, and Rotorua has made tremendous strides in satisfying readers and advertisers after being converted to compact earlier this year.

The team and individual awards show APN New Zealand is at the very top of media brands.  The consistent recognition by Canon award judges, and now PANPA, is outstanding reward for the level of effort that is going in across the company.

It is also fitting that Herald on Sunday editor Bryce Johns, who has recently accepted a new APN role developing commercial content partnerships, capped off his great leadership of the Sunday team with a PANPA title.