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Last month Karyn Scherer took on one of the most important jobs in NZ magazine journalism when she became editor of the NZ Listener, replacing long-serving industry legend Pamela Stirling.

Last month Ovato Retail Distribution – the business that gets NZ magazines into supermarkets and bookstores – was sold to publisher Are Media. From November it will be renamed Are Direct. We talk to the man at the centre of the change, ORD general manager Tony Edwards.

1964: mountain culture/aotearoa is one of 20 new magazines launched since the pandemic struck. It’s a still-small title with strong design and production qualities; content that blends remote places and creative talent; and a growing digital presence. Contributors include award winning author Cilla McQueen, poet laureate Brian Turner and artist Stephen Martyn Welch.

New research – from a number of different sources - shows that Kiwis have turned to magazines during the pandemic, subscribing in greater numbers and spending longer with their favourite titles.

We talk to Steve Chapman, PressReader’s Vancouver-based SVP of Content Partnership, about how to survive Zoom overload and the state of NZ magazine publishing compared to the rest of the world.

Magazine readership is up strongly in Nielsen results out today – and a separate retail report shows Kiwis are buying more local magazines.

“Those magazines are AMAZING! Thank you , thank you, thank you!” That was the response from volunteer coordinator Maria Mariotti to the MPA’s first delivery of magazines to Auckland City Hospital...