Friday night’s Pride In Print Awards saw the print industry celebrating 25 years of promoting print excellence: a celebration of celebratons.

The New Zealand print community came together and shared a night of awards and fun, with print industry members enjoying the opportunity to catch up with one another and let their hair down on an evening of high points. MC Leah Panapa kept the night moving along nicely after committing the audience to sharing a moment of silence to remember the people no longer with us, who had played major roles in the Award’s success.

In fact, the night contained many poignant moments for the Pride In Print Awards and special moments that included presentations to the people who have helped craft the Pride In Print Awards into New Zealand’s most successful industry award celebration. The most popular of these went to Sue Archibald, Pride In Print Awards manager.

Scot Porter, chairman of Pride In Print, welcomed everyone to the awards and spoke about how the programme has matured to become a world class, and world quality, event. He said, “Tonight we are going to recognise the people who helped the awards. We need to recognise tghese people and these organisationns and how they have helped us progress through 25 years. This is a major milestone and a chance to look back and appreciate what the Awards have acieved over 25 years.”

He also remarked on the diversity of the entries in the awards and welcomed the Apprentice of the Year programme. He said, “I really see Pride In Print as a great forum for you to promote your work throughout the industry.”

In format this year, the Pride In Print Awards presentation included video-recorded presentations from a mix of past and present conveners, judges, and patrons – starting with John North, from president, who helped to create the Pride In Print concept and the Awards. The support of the industry suppliers – Pride In Print Patrons and Sponsors – has helped the Awards to progress over a quarter of a century and the show recognised this, involving them througout the night. Of course, the stars of the night, the medallists and highly commendeds, also appeared and had the chance to shine.

Pride In Print continues to promote excellence in print in all its forms. Speaking to the audience, Sue Archibald said, “It’s about all of us; it’s about us joining together to make all of this work. It’s a great industry full of great people.”

The supreme award went to Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific Christchurch for its Farrah’s Fajita Spice MIx packet. Click here to read that story and see all the winners. The next issue of New Zealand Printer magazine will feature moments from the night and all the winners.




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