...as the Herald on Sunday does the APN staff shuffle, Beat Communications brings in new blood by way of former Ogilvy PR lass Jane Finch. Gabrielle Troutback bids farewell to NZ Post, Omnigraphics NZ brings in a non-human hire, Kiwi dairy company The Collective picks up some chunky and prestigious culinary awards in the UK and Fairfax adds another option to the local content offerings.
Farewell Auckland, hello Sunday
He’s been the chief reporter at the North Shore Times, worked for the Sunday Star-Times, The Dominion Post and Truth, and had a long stint as editor of the Central Leader and Auckland City Harbour News. Most recently he was the editor of APN’s weekly community newspaper The Aucklander but now Edward Rooney is playing with the big boys of newspaper taking up the position of news editor for of the Herald on Sunday.
Herald on Sunday editor Bryce Johns says Rooney’s experience with the young ‘uns was a key drawcard in his appointment.
“The Herald on Sunday’s team of young, up-and-coming go getters will benefit from the guidance Edward can bring to maintaining the standard of the paper’s stories and breaking news,” says Johns.
Elsewhere, the Herald on Sunday has also appointed a new assistant editor by way of Estelle Sarney, who moves from sister publication The New Zealand Herald.
In her New Zealand Herald days, Sarney launched Weekend magazine and previously held the position of editor of SundayHomes and HeraldHomes which she re-launched at the start of her time there. She’s also won a Qantas Media Award for her investigative stories at The Listener.
Beat it, just beat it
Meanwhile over at Beat Communications the team is feeling pretty chuffed with itself, having nabbed more than a few big-name clients over the past year or so — clients which include the likes of Sanitarium, The Church, Anchor, Heinz Wattie’s and Peroni.
In a move it’s attributing to this rapid growth, the agency has appointed some fresh blood by way of account manager Jane Finch, formerly of Ogilvy PR, and freelance writer James Boult who steps in as account executive.
“We had a fantastic year in 2010 experiencing significant growth; and 2011 is heading in a similar direction. We are thrilled to be working on such great campaigns with some leading iconic brands,” comments Beat director Angela Mace.
Troutbeck backs from NZ Post
A few small movements in the NZ Post camp. After its manager of market engagement and targeted communications Fiona Woolley left to take up a more glamourous role as head of marketing for Audi, Hamish Mitchell takes over as head of marketing and insight. Mitchell has previously worked general manager of real estate at Crockers Property Group and business manager of country and tourism at Bayleys Realty Group. Meanwhile NZ Post has also bid farwell to its marketing member team member Gabriella Troutbeck.
Because technology is superseding humans
In the world of printing, printers are, well, everything. That means the folks at Omnigraphics NZ, part of the opus Group, are pretty exited about their latest recruit — the HP Scitex LX850 printer. What’s so good about it? Apparently it employs the use of the latest latex inks to produce high quality prints with a 1200dpi resolution and better yet, the printer enables print onto recyclable media.
Just another Jaffa site
Another Auckland-centric website has entered the fray, this time by way of Aucklandnow.co.nz, which, as you might expect, celebrates everything Auckland — from breaking news and sports coverage, to weather and traffic updates, the best cafes, the latest in entertainment and events along with social news, blogs, reviews and interactive games.
The website, edited by Fairfax Media’s Miriyana Alexander, will draw upon the resources of the large team of Auckland based editorial staff and suburban newspapers. Bloggers include Richard Boock, Catherine Woulfe and Bridget Jones.
Fairfax did extensive research to find out what Aucklanders wanted and Alexander says early indications show they are very happy with the result.
To help launch the website, last week thousands of packets of Jaffas are handed out to commuters.
And now to make you hungry. New Zealand dairy company The Collective has been doing quite well for itself, picking up two prestigious Great Taste Gold Awards from the United Kingdom Guild of Fine Food. The gold’s come for its passionfruit yoghurt and russian fudge yoghurt, which were each awarded two stars. All in all it's not a bad feat considering the yoghurt won the awards only a week after launching in the UK.
And if you didn’t think yoghurt could be taken so seriously, think again. This year over 7,400 products were judged over a two-month period, with over 350 “experts” including key buyers, retailers, chefs and food writers taking part in a blind taste test.
Collective Group will be slapping its achievements onto its containers sold in the UK via the black and gold Great Taste Awards logo.