NZ Herald wins Newspaper of the Year

NZ Herald wins Newspaper of the YearEditor of the New Zealand Herald Shayne Currie accepts the award for Daily Newspaper of the Year

The New Zealand Herald took out the top award at the 2015 Newspaper of the Year Awards, winning the PANPA for National/Metropolitan Newspaper of the Year.

Held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, the event marked the conclusion of the Future Forum on Friday evening.

Hosted by The Newspaper Works, awards brought together more than 400 guests from Fairfax Media, News Corp Australia, APN News and Media, and more.

New Zealand Herald editor-in-chief Shayne Currie was overwhelmed by the win.

“We won newspaper of the year in New Zealand two months ago and I didn’t think much could top this, but this certainly does,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Many changes are in store for the New Zealand Herald, said Mr Currie. “The windmills of change are happening in New Zealand as well, and we will build windmills rather than walls at the Herald.”

Weekend Newspaper of the Year was taken out by The Weekend Australian, the second year in succession it has won the award, while the Newcastle Herald won the Regional Newspaper of the Year for the third year in a row.

The news photographer of the year was a tie between Toby Zerna from News Corp Australia and Simon Maude of

Zerna’s photo ‘Sydney Sea of Love’ captured the floral tributes to victims of the Sydney siege in Martin Place.

“If this somehow affects people, and drives people to make this place a better city and a better world, then I hope that’s done the job,” said Zerna on the night.

“So I’d just like to dedicate this award to those people that perished, Katrina Dawson and Tory Johnson.”

Reflecting on the siege, he said that day was incredible. “It certainly opened up my eyes as a photographer just to the fact that what happens in the broader world can come home to Australia, and Sydney particularly, in such a profound way,” he said.

The other winner, Simon Maude, had won an award earlier in the night for best News Photographer for a Community Newspaper.

The award for Print Centre of the Year was taken out by APN’s Yandina Print Centre. It was accepted by the centre’s general manager Greg Carson.

“A print centre is not about how big the presses are, or how much asset you got, it’s actually about the culture in the place and the people. So this is for them,” he said in his acceptance speech.

The $10,000 Hegarty Award scholarship went to Jared Savage, investigations editor for the New Zealand Herald. “It’s a huge time of excitement in the industry,” he said on the night.

“There’s a lot of negativity, and a lot of doomsayers out there, but being here the last couple of days has been quite inspiring to hear some of the different ideas and innovation that are out there.

“So I’m looking forward to travelling overseas and learning some new things and coming back and sharing with our newsroom at the Herald and the wider NZME groups.”

This year, there were more than 700 entries, in the categories of print and digital newspaper publishing, photography, publishing innovation, and print and production.

Close to 90 judges volunteered their time to judge the awards, including a mixture of panels and independent judges. Every category had more than three judges.

The Newspaper Works chief executive Mark Hollands was impressed with the standard of work produced by the winners.

“Our judges overwhelmingly remarked on the high quality of journalism and the diversity of entertaining, provocative and often courageous ways in which newspaper media is engaging audiences,” he said.

“This ability to authoritatively connect, inform and entertain has never been more important at a time when audiences have limitless choice in content and means of accessing it.

“I congratulate all the finalists and winners on their outstanding work, and thank our judges for contributing their time and expertise. Their commitment underscores the importance of newspaper media to our societies.”



Daily Newspaper of the Year


The Gympie Times – APN News & Media


Newcastle Herald – Fairfax Media


The New Zealand Herald – NZME.

Weekend Newspaper of the Year (OPEN)

The Weekend Australian – News Corp Australia

Non-daily Newspaper of the Year


The City – Messenger Newspapers


Queensland Country Life – Fairfax Media




Dean Finlay – Jon Hewson, Mandurah Coastal Times


Beauty Redefined – Sylvia Liber, Illawarra Mercury

National / Metropolitan

Adam Houda – Nicolas Walker, Good Weekend Magazine, Fairfax Media

Features and Lifestyle


The Giants – Andrew Ritchie, Western Suburbs Weekly, Community Newspaper Group


Fields Of Fire – Adam Hourigan, Daily Examiner

National / Metropolitan

Legends of the Small Screen – David Caird, News Corp Australia (Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Mail)



Jessica Whiting – Jon Hewson, Mandurah Coastal Times


Dive – Stephen Parker, Rotorua Daily Post

National / Metropolitan 

Blue Water Classic – Sydney Hobart Race 2014 – Brett Costello, Daily Telegraph



Dramatic Water Rescue – Simon Maude, North Shore Times, New Zealand


How do you tell him? – Glenn Hampson, Gold Coast Bulletin

National / Metropolitan (TIE)

Dramatic Water Rescue – Simon Maude,

Sydney’s Sea of Love – Toby Zerna, Courier-Mail and



1-Degree’s Recycling Expo – News Corp Australia





Sharp Daily (Taiwan) – Apple Daily Publications


Herdsman Print Centre – Harvey-Waroona Reporter, West Australian Newspapers

National / Metropolitan

Apple Daily (Hong Kong) – Apple Daily Publications



Frankston Times – Border Mail Print Centre, Albury, Fairfax Media


Illawarra Mercury – Canberra Print & Distribution Centre, Fairfax Media

National / Metropolitan 

South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

Pre-print or Supplement (OPEN)

Lifestyles of the 50+ – Tamworth Print Centre, Fairfax Media

Print Centre of the Year (OPEN)

Yandina Print Centre, APN News & Media


Best Mobile Site/App (OPEN)

The Age iPad App – The Age

Best Niche / Specialty App or Microsite (OPEN) 
#SnapSydney – NewsLocal, News Corp Australia

Innovation of the Year (OPEN) 

Story of Gallipoli – The Age, Fairfax Media

News Site of the Year


The Maitland Mercury (


Newcastle Herald (

National / Metropolitan

The Advertiser, Adelaide (


Best Young Executive Under 35

Jared Savage – The New Zealand Herald, NZME.

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