Posts Tagged ‘Pride In Print’

  • Pride in Print praises tabloid team

    The Pride In Print Committee is publically singing the praises of the companies and individuals that helped make the publication of this year’s Pride in Print Award Tabloid publication a resounding success. 

    The tabloid, which accompanies the New Zealand industry awards event, was published only a couple of weeks after the rousing awards night in Wellington on Friday May 3, with 55,000 copies being printed and distributed in key newspapers in both the North and South Islands.

    Dan Blackbourn of APN Print organised insertions in the APN News and Media titles nationally, with independent newspaper companies also giving a show of support to the Pride In Print campaign.

    The tabloid distribution was carried in The Herald – Auckland and Wellington, The Press – Christchurch, The Otago Daily Times – Dunedin, The Gisborne Herald and The Ashburton Guardian.

    This came after a concerted show of industry support with APN Print and PMP offering printing support, Fujifilm offering plates and blankets supply, Norske Skog providing paper and DIC giving ink support.

    Paper companies – Spicers, BJ Ball, B&F Papers and Norske Skog – were also very active in helping to get the tabloid in front of their design customers.

    In an open letter of thanks to these companies, Awards manager Sue Archibald (pictured) and chairman Scott Porter said: “We would like to thank you very much for your assistance distributing the Awards Tabloid for 2013. This support is appreciated, and has been so beneficial for our winners – we’ve had numerous stories of the winning printers being called and congratulated after their clients saw their work in the paper. This would not have been possible without you.

    “55,000 copies of the tabloid were produced and distributed this year, thanks to your generous support. This doubled our distribution from last year – and we are hoping to carry on this growth for years to come. Thank you again for your generous contribution …. your help ensured we could ‘print out loud’,” they said.

    Archibald said that the deadline for insertion was the third Monday after the awards night, meaning the industry had to work together to turn around the design, printing and distribution, given that the tabloid included photographs and write-ups from the awards night itself.

    “It is a great result we have been able to achieve for the industry thanks to industry leaders agreeing to provide this assistance. I have only 200 copies of the tabloid left in our office. Overall an excellent team effort. That is what Pride In Print was always meant to be about,” she said.

    Further information about the Awards can be found at the website

  • Christchurch quake survivors take home Pride in Print’s top gong

    A couple who lost virtually everything in the Christchurch earthquakes has risen to the top of the business mountain by winning the most prestigious prize in New Zealand’s printing and packaging awards, Pride in Print 2013 – on 3 May in Wellington.

    The traditional postcard may never look quite the same again after Arria Design Group Limited of Albany, North Shore, designed a translucent plastic card that allows light to shine through photographs of beautiful scenery.

    Arria’s New Zealand Postcard – Milford Sound (pictured) took the Supreme Award at the 2013 Pride In Print Awards, stunning judges with the innovative quality of its design. The card shows a photograph of a native tui bird against a backdrop of the beautiful Milford Sound.

    Arria director Matt Foster, who with his wife Adie was a victim of the earthquakes, came up with an ingenious way to create see-through images for use in various forms including bookmarks.

    Their production methods are kept strictly confidential but the effect is to create something out of the ordinary. It has immediately paid commercial dividends.

    Matt used his screen-printing tradesperson experience to develop a way of working on multi-layered printing on both sides of “glass-clear” polycarbonate, creating stunning depth effects, transparency and opacity. This process, used by leading companies to ignite their brands and sales, is unique and proprietary to the Arria Print Group.

    “We sell these postcards to retailers through distribution outlets. It’s going well. We are about to start producing a range for Australian distribution and we are targeting other international markets,” says Matt.

    It is a massive leap for a couple who until a few years ago were counting the pennies to invest in new machinery in their original Foster Screeprinting and then saw their Christchurch property devastated in the earthquakes.

    It came as a result of some technical hard yards. Screen printing is notoriously prone to being affected by dust and contamination, and Arria developed a “clean room” mentality.

    “We have people wearing the whole apparel — head gear, suits, the lot. We need it to achieve the quality we are aiming at,” says Matt.

    Pride In Print judges agreed with him. Senior judge Symon Yendoll said that as far as postcards are concerned, the see-through images were a step outside the square.

    “They are creating something different from the norm of cardboard or metal bookmarks which have to use adornments such as tassels as points of difference,” said Yendoll. “This is very innovative, fantastic concept. It is changing our definitions of the ‘postcard’. It can be mailed but is the first time plastic has been used in this way.

    “The production process is very labour-intensive and there has been a lot of care going into its making. It is well thought-out and produced with excellence,” he said.

    The New Zealand Postcard – Milford Sound also shared the Industry Development Category prize at Pride In Print with the Pizza Hut Hot Dots entered by Impressions International Ltd of Auckland.

    Arria accepted their award before a packed audience of about 550 people at the TSB Arena on Wellington’s waterfront.

    The other major winners were:

    • Publications Category – Ghosts in the Landscape, entered by Printlink of Petone, which features the photography of the celebrated Grant Sheehan and takes a journey through some of the most visual and haunting images of our history.
    • Business Print – The New Zealand Screen Production Guide entered by Service Printers of Wellington, which introduces foreign movie makers to the benefits of locating their productions in New Zealand.
    • Packaging – The Woodgrain Cherry Carry Pack entered by Amcor Cartons Christchurch, a self-erecting pack that is easy to carry and has a clear plastic window so the customer can see the quality of fruit inside.
    • Labels – The Horleys Replace Lemon Lime drink label, entered by Rapid Labels of Auckland, which features the faded image of a swimmer to attract the attention of the active sportsperson.
    • Display Print – The Bookmark Range Window Sign, entered by Arria Design Group Limited of Albany, which features four see-through bookmarks with white borders, fanned out against a backdrop of a leadlight-effect depiction of a couple kissing. The whole image is translucent.
    • Promotional Print – The Warehouse Stationery Business Christmas Catalogue, entered by Webstar of Masterton, which radically altered its machinery so it could include pages that folded out to double their width in the centre of the publication.
    • Specialty Products – The Karen Walker Sea Monsters New York Invite, entered by Logick Print & Graphics Ltd of Auckland, was printed on a deep blue background with intricate foiled scrolling surrounding the figure of an octopus and the invitation text, and was produced for a showing to a New York audience by world-renowned fashion designer Karen Walker.

    Process winners (reflecting technical skill in specific print processes) were: Printlink of Petone in Sheetfed for Ghosts in the Landscape; Webstar of Masterton in Web Offset for the Warehouse Stationery Business Christmas Catalogue; Gravure Packaging Ltd of Petone in Gravure for the Whittaker’s Fruit and Nut Wrapper; Sealed Air Hamilton in Flexography for the Ikana Greenshell Mussels wrapper; Admark Visual Imaging of Hamilton in Inkjet for the BK Mexican – Backlit; Momento Photobooks of Wellington in Digital for Nature Heritage by Graeme Guy; and Brazen Clothing of Wellington in Screen for Earth Hour.

    The Awards Evening featured the theme “Print Out Loud” as a tribute to the quality that New Zealand print and packaging companies can produce.

    John Greenacre, Spicers General Manager, speaking on behalf of the Patrons (Spicers, Fuji Xerox, Aarque Group and Heidelberg), said that this was the 20th anniversary of Pride in Print and it was a pathway out of the difficult economic conditions the industry had faced.

    “The past year has been tough with many businesses folding and long-term employees in this industry losing what might once have been jobs for life. However tonight these Awards show us the way forward.

    “In this changing environment we need to differentiate ourselves from our competitors and adapt to the world we live in not the one we were once used to.

    “Every year these Awards introduce new blood to our industry and promote people who deliver innovation and add value to our work. And in doing that these Awards have as much if not more relevance than they did 20 years ago.

    “The quality of the entries is outstanding and should give us confidence that however bumpy the ride has been this year, our industry is in safe hands.”

    Print NZ Manager Ruth Cobb said the key strategic goal for the organisation was to ensure a strong and vibrant industry, and these Awards were proof of that.

    “It has been a somewhat tumultuous start to the year, but tonight we put all that aside and stand as one industry as we celebrate the incredible world-class work that we produce.”

    Patrons, sponsors and judges were thanked by Awards Chairman Scott Porter.

    John Cudby, General Manager of the Communications and Media ITO, introduced the finalists for the Apprentice of the Year Awards.

    The evening was compered by two of the celebrities of New Zealand stage and screen, actress Miranda Harcourt and comedian Paul Ego from the country’s top-rating music breakfast show, The Rock’s “Morning Rumble”.

  • Screen printer scoops New Zealand Apprentice of the Year Award

    Screen printer, Regan Quaife, scooped the New Zealand print industry’s top training award – Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by ICON Digital Printing Papers, at this year’s Pride in Print Awards in Wellington on 3 May.  

    Upon hearing his name called out, Quaife (pictured) stepped up to address the audience of 550 people at Wellington’s TSB Arena. Quaife acknowledged the support of his employers, family, PrintNZ Training, sponsor ICON Digital Printing Papers and the efforts of the other finalists.

    Quaife says he was overwhelmed to hear his name called out as Apprentice of the Year. As the winner he received a plaque and $2000 cash prize.

    “If only my third form teacher could see me now,” he says.

    Quaife completed his screen printing apprenticeship at Commercial Signs Print & Plastic, in Tauranga last year. He was one of five finalists from a broad range of businesses vying for the top training award.

    “This is one of the greatest experiences in my life, next to my wedding day. It was still sinking in the next day,” he says.

    ICON spokesperson Lisa Hegh says the company is delighted to be associated with the Apprentice of the Year Award, for the second year running.

    “The finalists represent the future leaders of the industry and we are proud to be associated with them,” she says.

    Communications and Media ITO general manager, John Cudby, commented on the exceptional calibre of the five finalists and the tough decision to choose a winner.

    “Regan and the other award finalists have already achieved at the highest level with the backing of their employers, families and other supporters. We look forward to watching Regan and the other finalists’ progress – they have bright careers ahead of them,” he says.

    Cudby talked about the key role that formal training plays in helping companies to increase productivity and competitiveness in the marketplace. He urged companies to take full advantage of the Government’s $1000 subsidy for new apprentices signing into training, in what is a limited time offer.

    “There has never been a better time to train,” he says.

    The Apprentice of the Year finalists, who had each attended an interview for the top award, hailed from companies all over New Zealand.

    The finalists were: Regan Quaife of Commercial Signs Print & Plastic, Tauranga; Nicholas Gribble of Licensys NZ Holdings, Auckland; Michael Brown of APN Print, Tauranga; Conrad Vaney of MR Print Group, Hastings and Shane Baskiville of APN Print, Ellerslie.

    Each finalist received an award and prize at the combined Apprentice Awards and PrintNZ Conference Opening Dinner on 2 May.

    After leaving school early, Quaife completed an auto services course where his tutor noticed his artistic skills and helped him land his first job as a t-shirt printer and sign writer.

    Quaife says: “Every day is different and every print is different. I am lucky where I work, as a screen printer in my workshop we get to print a very wide range of products – from signage, stickers and labels to white water rafting boat panels that get sent to places like America and Brazil.

    “The apprenticeship has benefited me hugely, from my work ethic and skills right through to my reading, writing and spelling skills. I am a lot more confident in my work and have taken charge of the printing area in my workplace, which has resulted in me being promoted to production manager,” he says.

    Quaife says he wants to keep learning and is keen to complete a digital printing apprenticeship through PrintNZ Training.

    “I think digital printing is the future of our industry and being qualified in screen printing and digital printing would benefit my workshop and my career,” he says.

    The Apprentice Awards are supported by the following organisations: Blue Print Imaging, Yoobee School of Design, Newspaper Publishers Association, Print Finishers Association, PrintNZ, Trust4Skills and the NZ Paper Forum.

    Apprentice of the Year finalists:

    • Nicholas Gribble (Digital Processes for Print)
      Licensys NZ Holdings, Auckland
    • Michael Brown (Binding & Finishing)
      APN Print, Tauranga
    • Conrad Vaney (Reel-fed Printing)
      MR Print Group, Hastings
    • Shane Baskiville (Reel-fed Printing)
      APN Print, Ellerslie
    • Regan Quaife (Screen Printing) – WINNER – Apprentice of the Year Award
      Commercial Signs Print & Plastic, Tauranga

    Top Management Trainee Award finalists

    • Shelly Fawcett – Format, Petone (WINNER)
    • Karyn Wilson – Printable Solutions, Christchurch
    • Samuel Donaldson – Screen Printing Solutions, Hamilton

    Workplace Trainer Award finalists

    • Graeme Challis, Amcor Cartons Australasia (WINNER)
    • Mike Horne, Auckland Community Print (Fairfax)
    • Clinton Sampson, Interpac Packaging

    Company Training Award finalists

    • APN Print New Zealand
    • Auckland Community Print (Fairfax)
    • Amcor Cartons Australasia (WINNER)
  • Get in quick for Pride in Print – deadline 28 February

    The deadline for entries into this year’s Print in Print Awards is almost here, with 28 February marking the final date for late entry contenders to submit their work.

    This year’s premier New Zealand printing industry awards night will be held at Wellington’s TSB Arena – on the waterfront – on 3 May.

    Entries are open to any person or company associated with the production or purchase of New Zealand print. Entries must have been printed in New Zealand between 1 January and 31 December 2012 and can be from any printing process.

    Entries must be received by 5pm on Thursday to be eligible for this year’s Awards. Courier all entries to:

    Unit G, 47 Kenepuru Drive,
    Wellington 5022

    Tickets for this year’s Awards night are now on sale. A ticket order form can be found here, along with information regarding a special accommodation deal with Ibis Hotel Wellington. Tickets are limited, so get in quick to reserve yours!

    Questions or issues regarding the Awards can be directed to Aimee on (04) 237 0482 or

    To enter via fax or mail, download the entry form and post (Pride In Print, PO BOX 50166, Porirua) or fax (04 237 0489) your entry to the team at Pride In Print.

  • Nobody does it better than Pride in Print NZ

    Print Out Loud was the slogan for this year’s printing awards held at the prestigious Langham hotel in Auckland on Friday and a well-dressed audience of printers and partners took the advice to heart in a good natured if sometimes raucous celebration of print and its processes. Patrick Howard was pleased to cross the Tasman to attend.

    The Pride in Print annual awards is a core element in the New Zealand industry’s calendar. It is a unique event on many levels, enjoying great support across the broad industry. It is a barometer of the confidence of printers and a measure of how well the industry is travelling.

    If this year’s Pride in Print is anything to go by, after some very tough years, the New Zealand industry is feeling empowered once more. There was a distinct air not only of survival but of revival in the Great Room at the Langham where more than 800 industry professionals and their partners dressed up in black tie and glamorous frocks to recognise the best of their industry.

    Yes, they might have become a bit loud in their celebrations. Yes, there was good natured banter about the number of gold medals awarded. But natural Kiwi generosity and respect ensured that when the Apprentice of the Year, Gareth Hilton of Rapid Labels, was on stage making his understandably nervous Thank You, there was attentive response.

    And when Joan Grace, CEO of Print NZ, her voice cracking with flu and emotion, asked the industry to take up her fight to make its voice heard in the corridors of Wellington, you could have heard a pin drop.

    But with the announcement of the Supreme Winner – Logick Print & Graphics of Auckland, for a Jacobs Creek Logo sheet in a combination of offset and letterpress, a blizzard of confetti signalled the start of general wassail that went on late into the night.

    I was lucky enough to be seated with Cyril Southan of Auckland sign company, Original Print, (pictured with wife Karen, son Dylan and his partner Nicola Hayward) who won the Category and the Process Award in Display Print. His keen appreciation was palpable in taking the award with a screen-printed poster in an age dominated by digital technology.

    Full marks must go to Sue Archibald, under whose careful guidance the awards have achieved a ‘must attend’ status. There was a fine sense of confidence and celebration throughout the night. On this showing, the New Zealand industry can take great pride in its Pride in Print.

    On my way back home I picked up the New Zealand Herald in the Qantas Lounge to find the APN newspaper tabloid programme with its loud Print Out Loud cover included as a supplement. Now that is taking your message to the people.

    And finally, on a night of style and elan, I was very pleased to again meet Brian Kidston of Leach Print & Bindery Supplies, who brought a mighty Scottish flair to the proceedings. With his good wife, Susan, he shone in a room lit with brilliance.

    Never were the words of the poet more aptly applied;

    Some hae meat and canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it,
    But we hae meat and we can eat,
    And sae the Lord be thankit.

    Robbie Burns