Two NZ Catholic Publications Highly Commended at ACPA awards

NZ Catholic and Tui Motu were runners up in their class in the Awards for overall excellence at the annual Australasian Catholic Press Association Conference (ACPA) that took place in Wellington last week.

Australian Catholics won the Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial prize for Magazines and Electronic Publications.  Tui Motu was Highly Commended.

The Southern Cross won the Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial prize for the best newspaper. NZ Catholic was Highly commended.

The Conference was attended by 53 journalists who work in Catholic Media in Australia and New Zealand. On Thursday, the Archbishop of Wellington, Archbishop John Dew, celebrated the Conference Mass in the  Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and later presented the 2012 Awards for Excellence.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Voices from the Margins: How the Catholic press can speak for the disenfranchised  and marginalised people.”

The Keynote speaker was Dame Claudia Orange who spoke on the Treaty of Waitangi.

Other guest speakers were well-known columnist Rosemary McLeod and Kitty McKinley (Founder Youth Charity Challenge 2000) who spoke on Marginalised Youth and the Church.

Other awards received by New Zealand publications were

Marist Messenger

  • Best: Editorial – Brian O’Connell
  • Best: Article on Catechesis – Mervyn Duffy
  • Best: Magazine Layout and Design – Glen McCullough


Tui Motu Interislands

  • Best: Ecumenical /Inter-faith Story – Danny Kettoola
  • Best: Editorial Feature -Various
  • Highly Commended: Social Justice Coverage – Nicky Chapman
  • Highly Commended: Devotional Article Applying Faith to Life – Anonymous


NZ Catholic

  • Best: News Story – Michael Otto
  • Highly Commended: Newspaper Layout and Design -Peter Grace, Anne Rose
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