Waikato Times shone at the Canon Media Awards

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A regional newspaper was the surprise champion announced Friday at the Canon Media Awards in Wellington. The Waikato Times and its weekend edition were named Canon Newspaper of the Year, heading off larger metropolitan daily and weekend newspapers. Waikato Times also won Weekly Newspaper of the Year.

Winners of the Newspaper of the Year categories, for the second year running, were The New Zealand Herald (+30,000 circulation) and Taranaki Daily News (- 30,000 circulation).

Staged by the Newspaper Publishers’ Association with Canon New Zealand as principal sponsor, the awards recognise excellence across newspaper, magazine and digital media. They were celebrated by 450 people at a black tie dinner at Te Papa National Museum in Wellington.

Judging the newspapers were News Corporation Australia’s news chief Campbell Reid and West Australian newspaper editor Brett McCarthy. They said the Waikato Times stood out this year for ambition, bold design and provocative journalism aimed directly at its readership.

HOME magazine took out Magazine of the Year while Paraparaumu-based Kapi-Mana News was judged Community Newspaper of the Year.

Among the digital categories, RNZ’s offshoot, The Wireless won Website of the Year.

Leading individual awards went to Matt Nippert, The New Zealand Herald, Reporter of the Year; Stephen Parker, Rotorua Daily Post, Photographer of the Year; Mike White, North & South, Feature Writer of the Year; Luke Appleby, TVNZ, Scoop of the Year; and Rachel Stewart, Taranaki Daily News, Manawatu Standard, Opinion Writer of the Year.

Editorial Leader of the Year was NZ Doctor managing editor Barbara Fountain, while NZ Listener senior feature writer Rebecca Macfie was awarded the annual Wolfson Fellowship to study at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

The awards attracted 1603 entries encompassing more than 7000 individual pieces of work across 71 categories assessed by 46 judges in five countries.

Canon NZ MD Kim Conner said the calibre of this year’s submissions truly reflects what it means to be the best of New Zealand journalism. “On behalf of Canon, I am thrilled to congratulate all the worthy recipients acknowledged at this year’s Canon Media Awards,” he said.


Best Digital Artworks/Graphics: Harkanwal Singh, insights.nzherald.co.nz
Best Print Artworks/Graphics: Richard Dale, The New Zealand Herald
Best Magazine Design: Micheal Hanly & Carolyn Lewis, Metro
Best Trade Publication Pro Photographer: Kowhai Media
Best Newspaper Inserted Magazine: Your Weekend Fairfax Media
Best Newspaper Front Page: The New Zealand Herald
Best Headline: no winner


Business: Matt Nippert, The New Zealand Herald
Politics Joint Winners: Jared Savage & Bernard Orsman, The New Zealand Herald
Crime & Justice: Jared Savage, The New Zealand Herald
Health: Ben Heather. The Dominion Post
Science & Technology: Jamie Morton, The New Zealand Herald
Lifestyle: Kim Knight, Sunday Star-Times
Arts & Entertainment: Kim Knight, Sunday Star-Times
Sport: Dana Johannsen, The New Zealand Herald
General: Lincoln Tan, The New Zealand Herald
Student Journalist of the Year: Tommy Livingston, The Dominion Post
Community Journalist of the Year: Kris Dando, Kapi-Mana News
Regional Journalist of the Year: Aaron Leaman, Waikato Times
Junior Reporter of the Year: Chloe Winter, The Dominion Post
Reporter of the Year: Matt Nippert, The New Zealand Herald
Best Investigation: Faces of Innocents Project Team: Fairfax Media
Scoop of the Year: Luke Appleby, TVNZ

Feature Writing

Business: Anne Gibson – The New Zealand Herald
Politics: Rebecca Macfie – NZ Listener
Crime & Justice: Mike White – North & South
Health: Rebecca: Macfie – NZ Listener
Science & Technology: Donna Chisholm – NZ Listener
Lifestyle: Naomi Arnold – Metro
Arts & Entertainment: Hayden Donnell – 1972 Magazine, Pantograph Punch
Sport: Peter Malcouronne – Metro
General: Michelle Duff – Your Weekend
Junior Feature Writer of the Year: Tess McClure – RNZ/Fairfax Media
Feature Writer of the Year: Mike White – North & South
Reviewer of the Year: Simon Wilson – Metro
Cartoonist of the Year: Sharon Murdoch – Sunday Star-Times/The Press

Opinion Writing

Business: Chris Barton – The New Zealand Herald
Politics: Jane Clifton – NZ Listener
Humour/Satire: Alex Casey – The Spinoff
Sport: Paul Thomas – NZ Listener
General: Toby Manhire and Toby Morris – RNZ Online
Opinion Writer of the Year: Rachel Stewart – Taranaki Daily News/Manawatu Standard


Best Feature Photo: Andy Jackson – Fairfax Media
Best Feature Video: Mike Scott – Fairfax Media
Best Portrait Photo: Stephen Parker – Rotorua Daily Post
Best Environmental Photo: Richard Robinson – NZ Geographic
Best Photo Essay/Slideshow: Richard Robinson – NZ Geographic
Best Sports Photo: Stephen Parker – Rotorua Daily Post
Best Sports Video: Nick Reed – The New Zealand Herald
Best News Photo: Peter Drury – Waikato Times/stuff.co.nz
Best News Video: Andy Jackson – Fairfax Media
Videographer of the Year: Iain McGregor – The Press
Junior Photographer of the Year: Grant Matthew – Fairfax Media
Photographer of the Year: Stephen Parker – Rotorua Daily Post


Best Editorial Campaign or Project: Forgotten Millions -The New Zealand Herald
Best Coverage of a News Event: Wellington Floods – The Dominion Post/stuff.co.nz
Best Innovation in Storytelling: Money in Politics – The New Zealand Herald
Best Lifestyle/Entertainment Site: The Spinoff – www.thespinoff.co.nz
Best Blog Site: Public Address
Best Sports Site: nzherald.co.nz/sport
Best News Website or App: TVNZ One News Now – www.tvnz.co.nz/onenews
Website of the Year: The Wireless – www.thewireless.co.nz
Magazine of the Year: HOME – Bauer Media
Community Newspaper of the Year: Kapi-Mana News – Fairfax Media
Newspaper of the Year – 30,000: Taranaki Daily News – Fairfax Media
Newspaper of the Year + 30,000: The New Zealand Herald
Weekly Newspaper of the Year: Waikato Times Weekend
Canon Newspaper of the Year: Waikato Times and Waikato Times Weekend
nib Health Journalism Scholarship – Junior: Jessica McAllen – The Spinoff/Sunday Star-Times
nib Health Journalism Scholarship – Senior: Donna Chisholm – North & South/NZ Listener
Editorial Leader of the Year: Barbara Fountain – New Zealand Doctor
Wolfson Fellowship: Rebecca Macfie – NZ Listener

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