Southern Rural Life and reporter Yvonne O'Hara were
recognised with awards at the New Zealand Community Newspapers'
Conference in Wellington at the weekend.
Southern Rural Life was named joint winner of the Best All
Round Newspaper (associate category). The award, for
non-weekly newspapers, was shared with Coast & Country,
from the Bay of Plenty.
Ms O'Hara was awarded Best Senior Journalist (associate).
Allied Press communities editor Craig Page said the awards
illustrated how highly Ms O'Hara and Southern Rural Life were
regarded in the rural community.
''I am thrilled for Yvonne. She is an experienced, respected
journalist who provides strong and interesting stories.
''Being named best newspaper is a tribute to all staff
involved in the production of Southern Rural Life.''
Allied Press had further success at the conference.
The Star in Dunedin was named Best All Round Newspaper in the
20,000 plus circulation category. It also won the Best Front
Ashburton Courier was named Community Newspaper of the Year
and Best All Round Newspaper in the 7500 to 20,000
circulation category. It also won the Best Advertising
Portfolio in that category.
The News, North Canterbury, was named Most Improved Newspaper
in the 20,000 plus category.