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Ashburton Guardian hits awards train again

Ashburton Guardian hits awards train again
2023 winners Ashburton Guardian Co-owners Simon Bell and Daryl Holden hope to repeat their success again this year.

The Ashburton Guardian has once again been named a finalist in New Zealand's top media awards.

The Guardian is one of three finalists for the Community Newspaper of the Year title at the Voyager Media Awards.

The Guardian won the same award last year.

Editor Daisy Hudson was also named as one of three finalists for the Editorial Leader of the Year prize.

The awards recognise the best in New Zealand journalism across print, online, radio, and television.

A total of 108 finalists have been selected across categories at the 51st iteration of the awards, picked by more than 60 judges.

Ashburton Guardian co-owner Daryl Holden said being a finalist in the competitive New Zealand Community Newspaper of the Year category further emphasised its quality and standing.

“Winning the community newspaper title last year was a massive thrill,’’ Holden said.

“But backing it up by being one of three finalists named this year is just as proud a moment and an accomplishment for all our readers, advertisers, and community to enjoy.

“It shows that, even in the toughest of times for all media organisations, that the Ashburton Guardian is still a national pacesetter and delivers for its community.’’

Holden was also thrilled for Daisy Hudson, who is a finalist alongside two of the country’s heavy-hitter media managers in Stuff’s Tracy Watkins and the BusinessDesk’s Rebecca Howard.

“This is such a tough category because it is open to all media – print, broadcast, digital and radio – so for Daisy to be recognised amongst that sort of talent shows how good she is and how lucky we are to have her at the Guardian.’’

- Daisy Hudson