The role of the Newspaper Publishers' Association in the Canon Media Awards.

The Newspaper Publishers' Association (NPA)

The Canon Media Awards are managed and promoted by the Newspaper Publishers’ Association, the industry body which represents the publishers of all New Zealand daily and weekend paid newspapers, and their websites, and a small number of non-dailies. The industry comprises two main publishing groups, Fairfax Media New Zealand and NZME. (previously APN), and several independent publishers.

As the trade association of the newspaper industry, NPA Incorporated advises members and co-ordinates their interests in areas such as government affairs, media freedom, media self-regulation, advertising standards and self-regulation, and industry training.

An associate company, New Zealand Press Association Ltd, administers the Print Media Copyright Agency, set up in 2003 to provide licences under a fee structure to organisations wanting to use articles that have appeared in newspapers and magazines. Click here to visit the PMCA website.

The marketing face of the industry is represented by News Works NZ, formerly the Newspaper Advertising Bureau. The News Works NZ staff in Auckland offer a range of services including advertising sales support, industry information, research, marketing and promotions as well as advice and tools to assist advertising agencies and their clients plan and execute print campaigns. Click here to visit the News Works NZ website.

Members of the NPA


Dominion Post (Wellington)
The Press (Christchurch)
Sunday Star-Times (national, but Auckland-based)
Sunday News (national, but Auckland-based)
Waikato Times (Hamilton)
Southland Times (Invercargill)
Daily News (New Plymouth)
Manawatu Standard (Palmerston North)
Nelson Mail (Nelson)
Timaru Herald (Timaru)
Marlborough Express (Blenheim)


The New Zealand Herald (Auckland)
Herald on Sunday (Auckland)
Hawke’s Bay Today (Hastings)
Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga)
Northern Advocate (Whangarei)
Rotorua Daily Post (Rotorua)
Wanganui Chronicle (Wanganui)


Otago Daily Times (Dunedin)
Gisborne Herald (Gisborne)
Ashburton Guardian (Ashburton)
Wairarapa Times-Age (Masterton)
Greymouth Star (Greymouth)
Westport News (Westport)
Whakatane Beacon (tri-weekly, Whakatane)
Wairoa Star (bi-weekly, Wairoa)

NPA management

Brian Hill – CEO of News Works NZ and the Newspaper Publishers’ Association

Before joining News Works in 2015, Brian held senior roles with BBC Worldwide for eight years, work which included reviewing the New Zealand market for across TV sales and production, digital sales and consumer products. BBC Worldwide is the corporation’s global content company with annual sales in excess of NZ$2 billion and a staff of 1900.

Before coming to Auckland with his New Zealand wife and two daughters in 2014, Brian was UK Sales and Retail Director of Consumer Products for BBC Worldwide and previously held other senior content sales and licensing roles.

Earlier in his career, Brian worked in sales and business development positions with the home entertainment divisions of Woolworths Group Plc and Kingfisher Retail Group.


Rick Neville – Editorial Director, Newspaper Publishers’ Association

Rick joined the NPA as Editorial Director in April 2013 following a 45-year career in publishing in New Zealand and Australia. A former reporter on NZ dailies and in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, Rick was editor of the Nelson Mail 1982-87 and editor of the Evening Post (Wellington) 1987-1991. He then moved to the head office of Independent Newspapers Ltd (INL), now Fairfax Media, and held a number of senior roles including Group GM, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Publishing. He was also an executive director of INL and a non-executive director of Sky Network Television Ltd.

In 2002, he was appointed Chief Executive of Advertiser Newspapers Ltd, News Ltd’s publishing operations in Adelaide. He returned to NZ in 2003, initially working as a consultant setting up the Herald on Sunday and later holding a range of senior positions with APN including Publisher, Herald on Sunday; deputy Chief Executive; Publisher/CEO NZ Magazines; and Chief Operating Officer, APN Regional Newspapers. He is a former president of the NPA and chairman of the NZ Press Association and served for many years on the boards of the NPA and NZPA.


NPA board

Phil Eustace – President, Newspaper Publishers’ Association

Phil has been President of the Newspaper Publishers' Association since 2016. Phil joined Wilson & Horton as CFO in the 1990s and has since served in a number of roles including that of Chief Executive of APN’s Publishing and Group Services, which included the company’s printing arm, and CFO of NZME Publishing. Phil has extensive financial experience in a number of industries and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.


Simon Tong – Managing Director, Fairfax Media New Zealand

Simon Tong was appointed Managing Director for Fairfax Media New Zealand – home of New Zealand’s largest newsroom and owner of Stuff.co.nz – in September 2013.

Simon is leading the company as it shifts to a multi-channel media company, helping Kiwis connect and thrive in their communities. Stuff is central to achieving this, and an impressive force as a modern digital news platform – now the third largest domestic site in the country.

Fairfax further strengthened its offering to, and relevance in, communities across New Zealand, through a stake in Kiwi-founded social community, Neighbourly.co.nz – a platform that allows New Zealanders to connect and share with their neighbours and wider community.

A proven leader with an impressive track-record of achieving business goals, Simon joined Fairfax after seven years as Chief Executive of New Zealand electronic payments provider, Paymark Limited. Prior to Paymark, Simon spent 18 years in the information technology industry, including senior executive roles at Compaq Computer and Hewlett-Packard.

Simon holds a Master of Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Diploma in Information Technology from Massey University, and is a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.


Andrew Boyle –Chief Operating Officer, Fairfax Media New Zealand 

Andrew started his career in Sales and Marketing in the Tourism industry. During this time he worked in London, Taipei, Wellington and Singapore, including as Marketing Manager, Asia for Tourism NZ. Andrew began his career in newspapers as Marketing Manager for The Press in Christchurch in 1999 before moving into a group marketing role at INL and Fairfax. He went on to become the National Marketing Director of the NZ TAB in 2004.

He returned to the media industry as General Manager at APN, before rejoining Fairfax Media as General Manager, Waikato in 2006. Two years later, Andrew stepped into the role of GM Southern Region, responsible for The Press and the South Island.

In August 2013, he was appointed the role of Chief Operating Officer. He currently looks after the commercial performance of Fairfax Media’s publishing titles – sales, marketing, operations, distribution, logistics and property.


Sinead Boucher – Group Executive Editor, Fairfax Media New Zealand

Sinead Boucher is Group Executive Editor of Fairfax Media New Zealand, and is responsible for more than 600 journalists working across almost 100 digital, newspaper and magazine productions.

Sinead has been instrumental in growing stuff.co.nz to become New Zealand's biggest domestic site, developing Fairfax's digital strategy and content approach - including the launch of products and services such as Stuff's mobile apps, Stuff Nation and Essential Mums. Most recently, Sinead has led the company’s editorial transformation programme, introducing and developing modern newsroom practices aimed at enhancing local and national journalism across digital and print.

Sinead's history with Fairfax Media began in 1993 as a reporter for The Press in Christchurch. She moved up the ranks in her six-year stint, before heading to the UK on her OE. She worked as a digital journalist for the Financial Times site, FT.com, before moving to Reuters' London bureau, where she was a general correspondent responsible for reporting on terrorism in the UK post 9/11. In 2004, she returned to New Zealand and to Fairfax Media to take up the role of Assistant Editor at The Press, charged with developing the online presence for press.co.nz. Since then, her roles have included Group Online Editor in 2007 and a title change to Group Digital Editor in 2011, followed by a promotion to her current role as Group Executive Editor in 2013.


Michael Boggs - CEO, NZME 

Michael Boggs was appointed CEO of NZME in March 2016. In his previous role as CFO of NZME Boggs was integral in developing the strategy to grow NZME’s presence in New Zealand particularly in the areas of digital, video and events whilst upholding the company’s traditional brands including The New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB.

Boggs joined NZME from TOWER Limited where he successfully managed TOWERS’s multibillion dollar assets, TOWERS’s Pacific Islands operations, TOWER’s earthquake recovery programme and the sale of TOWER’s life insurance, health insurance and investment management businesses.

Prior to TOWER, Michael held executive roles in leading finance, commercial and business functions in major telecommunications and technology organizations including Telstra Clear and previously Clear Communications. In 2014 Michael was awarded CFO of the year at the annual New Zealand CFO Awards.


Laura Maxwell, Chief Commercial Officer, NZME   

Laura joined The Radio Network as Commercial Director in July 2013, having held the position of General Manager/Director for Yahoo! New Zealand. Laura delivered exceptional sales results over what can only be described as a difficult economic period and led the development of many exclusive partnerships where significant profit was delivered.

Laura has over 20 years of experience in media and is well known and respected in the industry, having held roles including sales director for both APN Outdoor and Buspak New Zealand.

In July 2014 Laura was appointed as the Group Director Digital Media for NZME and in September 2015 she was appointed to the new position of Chief Commercial Officer for NZME.

Laura is the Chair of Interactive Advertising Bureau, a board member of both The Radio Bureau and Newspaper Publishers Association and a Director of NZ Press Association Limited.


Michael Muir

Michael has had a long involvement in the newspaper industry and various industry bodies. His family connection with newspapers began when his great, great grandfather James printed the first paper in New Zealand on the Petone foreshore in Wellington in 1840. A qualified accountant, Michael joined The Gisborne Herald, an independent family-owned company, in 1967 and was appointed general manager in 1972, managing director in 1980 and chairman in 1987. 

He was a board member of the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (PANPA) and was president in 1999-2001. He has been the NZ representative on the board of the World Association of Newspapers since 1999 and a board member of the International Newspaper Marketing Association 2004-2007. Community involvement includes time on the Tairawhiti Polytechnic Council, East Coast Business Development Board and Gisborne Chamber of Commerce. He is currently chair of the Tairawhiti Museum and Chelsea private hospital and a trustee of the Eastland Community Trust. Michael has held positions on, or board memberships of, the Wellington Regional Employers' Association and NZ Employers' Federation. Michael was awarded the OBE in 1993 for service to business and the community.


Sir Julian Smith – Chairman and Managing Director, Allied Press Limited, publisher of the Otago Daily Times

Allied Press also owns nine community newspapers from Canterbury to Southland, two regional television stations and a majority interest in the Greymouth Star of which he is chairman. Sir Julian is a descendant of George Bell who founded The Evening Independent in Dunedin in 1869.

One of the fifth generation of his family to serve in the newspaper industry in Dunedin, he joined the board of the Evening Star Company Ltd in 1974. When the Evening Star and Otago Daily Times merged in 1975 under the holding company, Allied Press, Sir Julian became deputy chairman of that company, a director of the ODT and chairman of the Evening Star Company Ltd.

He was general manager and a director of the produce firm John M. Fraser Co Ltd which, under the new name of Otago Press and Produce Ltd, carried out a formal takeover of Allied Press in 1979. Sir Julian was appointed deputy chairman and group managing director of the enlarged group. In 1986, Sir Julian initiated a management buyout, thus privatising the company into local ownership. A former president of the NPA, he was chairman of the New Zealand Press Association from 1983 to 1989 and from 2002 to 2006. Sir Julian was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for service to business.

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