In a move that was a huge surprise yet at the same time not at all a surprise, NZ Marketing Magazine took out the Supreme Award for Best Magazine at the Magazine Publishing Awards for 2019, beating out the competition and claiming its rightful crown as best of the best. Bow down.
If that wasn’t enough, the team heralded by editor Erin McKenzie and advertising manager Vernene Medcalf, decided to also win Best Magazine earlier in the night. Just to clear up if there were any questions surrounding who is at the top of this paper mountain.
NZ Marketing was up against some industry heavyweights for the best supreme magazine, such as NZ House & Garden, NZ Gardener,The Listener, Dairy Exporter, and Woman's Day.
On stage Erin McKenzie said to be reporting on the industry was a pleasure and a privilege. She acknowledged the hard work of her team and the other inspiring winners of the night.
Vernene Medcalf, as quoted on night commented; “We won, bitches!”
NZ Marketing Magazine as we know it, now in its birthday month, started its tenth anniversary on the highest note possible, marking a decade of hard work with deserved recognition.
Judges comments praised the team for their hard work making the magazine as amazing as it was.
"Combining a deep dive into topics in the print magazine with the more topical and newsy focus of the weekly EDM’s and two strong annual events gives great engagement. Marketing reflects the creativity and commercial nous of its target market. A bold and brave approach to the magazines design, layout and content strategy makes it a worthy winner of this top award. Congratulations to a clever, engaged team."
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Pamela Stirling, calling this her eighth year as the winner of Best Editor, received the other major award of Supreme Editor for her amazing work at The Listener.
According to the judges' comments, Stirling has clear editorial leadership.
"Pamela is a courageous editor who puts her readers’ interests first. In an increasingly challenging environment. She is rewarded with results that any current affairs publisher internationally would be proud of."
The Listener also took home Best Magazine - Current Affairs & Business.
Pam said about the award that it was an honour to collect it on behalf of the amazing team she had backing her, and before her, over The Listeners 80 year history.
"I was thrilled and honoured to accepted the award on behalf of all the passionate, dedicated and talented people who have worked at the Listener over the course of its 80 years.
The standing ovation was so unexpected. It was genuinely moving to feel the affection and respect for this magazine."
In another deserved win, our sister magazine, Idealog, took out the Best Cover award for its Augmented Reality cover, which we can agree, was pretty neat and broke boundaries where others did not.
Editor of Idealog, Elly Strang, said the win was a show their core values as a magazine of design and innovation were communicated well.
"As a publication that is constantly writing about innovation, we talked the talked and walked the walk with this augmented reality cover representing the future of New Zealand's tech industry and the team is very stoked with being recognised with a win. It was a hugely creative and collaborative effort and credit goes to all the different parties that contributed to it, especially 3D motion graphic artist Guangyu Li and Staples VR, who created the AR component."
The judges said about the win that the VR cover was, "A thoughtful concept packed with wow that absolutely speaks to the content of the issue."
The Augmented cover before and after.
Mike Hutchinson took the stage to give a speech that was, sort of, heartfelt for the Lifetime Achievement Award winner Paul Dykzeul of Bauer Media.
The affectionate roasting session introduced Dykzeul and his achievements, supported by other Paul who spoke with slightly more restraint about his 13 years working with the recipient.
As the media industry polished their Allbirds for a night out, Ellerslie Stables event centre saw a host of other successful winners of the night.
Best Magazine - Consumer Special Interest went to NZ Gardener (Stuff) which also won Best Magazine - Home & Food. Best Magazine - Mass Market went to Women's Day. NZ Life & Leisure won best magazine lifestyle.
NZ Post Best Editor of Lifestyle (Incl. Mass Market Women's) went to Sido Kitchin of Woman's Day with best editor of Consumer Special Interest went to Alistair Hall of Wilderness magazine.
Best editor of Home & Food category went to Alice Lines of Homestyle, with best digital editor awarded to Emma Land from Now to Love.
To see the full list of winners, visit here.