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.


Sinead Boucher – Sinead Boucher, Chief Executive Officer, Stuff 

Sinead was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stuff in August 2017. Prior to this she held the position of Fairfax Media’s New Zealand Group Executive Editor since September 2013. In this role she has overseen the largest newsroom in the country, responsible for the editorial teams behind Fairfax’s stable of newspapers, magazines and New Zealand’s biggest domestic site Stuff. Under Sinead’s watch, Stuff has grown to record audience numbers and was recently named as New Zealand’s most influential publishing brand. She has driven significant organisational transformation whilst in this role, creating an award-winning newsroom equipped to serve audiences and their modern ways of engaging across the country. 

Sinead brings a sharp focus on quality, innovative journalism that serves the interests of New Zealand communities. From leading her team through challenging natural disasters such as the Kaikoura earthquake through to special long-term investigation projects like Faces of Innocents, the global chart-topping podcast series Black Hands and the video-led investigation unit Stuff Circuit, Sinead’s passion for driving word-class results is endless. 

Sinead has a long tenure with Fairfax. She began her career with us in 1993 as a reporter for The Press, before heading to London where she worked as a digital journalist for the Financial Times site, FT.com, and as a general correspondent for Reuters' London bureau. In 2004 she returned to New Zealand to be the Assistant Editor at The Press, where she was charged with developing and editing the online presence at press.co.nz. She went on to further prove her digital development skills and newsroom leadership in group-wide online and digital roles.


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.


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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