New senior editorial team for Fairfax NZ

A host of new senior editors have been appointed byFairfax New Zealand as part of the publisher’s transition into a newsroom structure with a regional focus.

The changes mean seven newspaper editors have been replaced with 12 editors in charge of specific regions and specialist content areas.

Seven regional editors will work under the four current regional editors-in-chief, Cathy O’Sullivan in Auckland, Jonathan MacKenzie in Waikato, Bernadette Courtney in Wellington and Joanna Norris in the southern region.

The regional editors all come from within Fairfax. They are:

  • Sarah Jarvis, South Canterbury
  • Jonathon Howe, Manawatu,
  • Ryan Evans, Taranaki
  • Victoria Guild, Nelson
  • Nicola Coburn, Marlborough
  • Natasha Holland, Southland
  • Kamala Hayman, Canterbury and Otago

Activity and resources will be organised into broad topic streams across New Zealand, creating national portfolios for news, business, life and style, agriculture, politics and sport that will feed content across Fairfax publications and digital assets.

Executive editor Sinead Boucher said the new structure would allow the publisher to draw more readily on content produced by its journalists across the country, developing innovative storytelling while focusing on local journalism in both digital and print.

Fairfax NZ executive editor Sinead Boucher. Photo: David White/Fairfax NZ

Fairfax NZ executive editor Sinead Boucher. Photo: David White/Fairfax NZ

“We’re reinventing our newsrooms to serve the ever-shifting 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,” she said.

A newly created role of group editor, life, has been taken on by SPH Magazines publishing director and award-winning journalist Bridget Hope. She currently runs magazines including Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Weekly in Singapore and Malaysia, and has previously edited and managed four women’s lifestyle magazines in New Zealand where Ms Boucher said she held a strong reputation.

“She’s full of great ideas to deliver excellent lifestyle products and content – and to maximise commercial opportunities and partnerships.”

Reporting to Ms Hope will be new national life and style editor Geoff Collett, currently features content editor at Fairfax, while Aaron Lawton, currently sports editor at, has been appointed national sports editor. The new team will join national business editor Ellen Read and Jeremy Rees, who was appointed national communities editor last month.

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