Fairfax Media NZ announces senior editorial team

19 May 2015

- Fairfax Media NZ announces senior editorial team -

Fairfax Media New Zealand has today confirmed its new editorial leadership team, as part of a transformation of its newsrooms aimed at enhancing local and national journalism across digital and print.

The new structure focuses on audiences across local regions and in specialist content areas.


Sarah Jarvis ​is appointed South Canterbury editor

● In the Manawatu, Jonathon Howe ​takes up the regional editor position

Ryan Evans​ is appointed Taranaki regional editor

● In the Nelson region, Victoria Guild ​takes up the regional editor role

Nicola Coburn ​is appointed editor, Marlborough region

Natasha Holland​, Southland regional editor

Kamala Hayman​ is appointed deputy editor, Canterbury and Otago region

● Oskar Alley ​is appointed deputy editor, Wellington region

They will work under the four current regional editors­in­chief, who will lead newsrooms around the country to provide the very best in quality journalism and experiences for audiences on all platforms: Cathy O’Sullivan in Auckland, Jonathan MacKenzie in Waikato, Bernadette Courtney in Wellington and Joanna Norris in the southern region.

Topic specialists

Across the country, activity and resource will be organised into broad topic streams, including news, business, life and style, agriculture, politics and sport.

These national portfolios will provide content across Fairfax publications and digital assets.

Bridget Hope has been appointed to the newly­established Group Editor, Life role. Currently Publishing Director at SHP Magazines, Bridget runs a suite of magazines in Singapore and Malaysia, including Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Weekly. An award­winning journalist, Bridget has more than 15 years’ experience directing and producing quality editorial content for leading international magazines.

Sinead Boucher, Fairfax Media’s Executive Editor, says Bridget brings a wealth of skills and experience to the role.


“Bridget is well­known in New Zealand having edited and managed four women’s lifestyle magazine titles here. She’s full of great ideas to deliver excellent lifestyle products and content ­ and to maximise commercial opportunities and partnerships.”

Geoff Collett​, appointed National Life and Style editor​, will report into Bridget. 

Aaron Lawton ​has been appointed National Sports Editor​.

Ellen Read ​is already in place as National Business Edito​r, and ­ as previously announced ­Jeremy Rees ​joins as National Communities Editor.

Sinead continues: “We’re reinventing our newsrooms to serve the ever­shifting needs of digital media. It’s about redefining the way we work ­ and adapting our newsrooms to produce quality journalism for different audiences and across platforms.

“We’ll be able to draw more readily on the great content we produce from across New Zealand, and develop some really world ­class innovative storytelling.

“I’m thrilled by the calibre and experience of our senior team. This ­ and our array of quality local and national news ­ is unmatched, and we’re going to take greater advantage of it.”


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