NZ Catholic has featured prominently at Australasian awards for Catholic and religious publications. At the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) awards held in Sydney earlier this month, NZ Catholic received a highly commended award in the best newspaper category.

The judge’s citation read: “This newspaper is very easy to read, with an excellent mix of local and world news on issues of interest and importance to the Catholic community in New Zealand. This paper provides plenty of news and interest to its readers, and makes a strong effort to reflect the Catholic community in New Zealand, while also featuring the voices, guidance and opinions of Church leaders. It provides interesting features and columns, it is well laid out and makes good use of colour and photographs, all from a small editorial team.”

An article on the altar bread market heating up, written by NZ Catholic’s Rowena Orejana, won the Best Feature Story award at ACPA. The judge noted the “quirky angle” and “clever approach” taken in the article, as well as the “surprising, interesting information” relayed.

At the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards, also held in Sydney, NZ Catholic won silver awards for its special feature on the naming of Cardinal John Dew as a cardinal last year, and for its front cover depicting reaction to the visit of Pope Francis to the United States in 2015.

Entries for the ARPA awards came from many publications from different Christian churches throughout Australasia.

NZ Catholic editor Michael Otto said the awards acknowledge the hard work and talent of NZ Catholic’s team over the last 20 months or so.

“There is strong competition at the awards, and many prestigious and long-established publications submit entries. To see NZ Catholic do so well is very  pleasing,” he said.

The Bishop Phillip Kennedy Memorial Award for Overall Excellence went to Adelaide’s The Southern Cross newspaper.

Other New Zealand Catholic publications also picked up awards at ACPA and ARPA. Tui Motu InterIslands magazine won the Best Publication award at ARPA and also won a bronze award for Best New Writer. Also at ARPA, The Marist Messenger won a bronze award in the Best Profile Story category.

At the ACPA awards, Tui Motu won the Best Layout and Design award for magazines, as well as a first equal in the Best Ecumenical Story category.

Hamilton diocese’s Kete Korero magazine received a highly commended award in the Best Education Coverage category, and The Nathaniel Report also received a
highly commended for Best Devotional Article Applying Faith to Life. The Marist Messenger received a highly commended for Best Original Photo.

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