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NZ Lifestyle Block - - From The Editor - Nadene Hall, Ed­i­tor

This year, for the first time, I en­tered NZ Life­style Block in the Mag­a­zine Pub­lish­ers As­so­ci­a­tion awards. I’m not the kind of per­son who likes to en­ter com­pe­ti­tions. How­ever, it turns out, I’m ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive.

En­ter­ing meant go­ing back over the pre­vi­ous years’ is­sues and choos­ing a se­lec­tion to present to the judges, and that turned out to be in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult. Ev­ery time I picked up an is­sue, I saw a lit­tle typo, or a story I would have done dif­fer­ently to make it eas­ier for you to read. There was lots to be proud of, but it turned out to be a big learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence too, some­thing I didn’t ex­pect.

NZ Life­style Block is a very small mag­a­zine com­pared to its ‘sis­ter’ pub­li­ca­tions which in­clude NZ Gar­dener, NZ Life & Leisure, and NZ House & Gar­den, so when the list of fi­nal­ists came out, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to be on it.

But that’s when I got my un­ex­pected sur­prise for the year: I was one of three fi­nal­ists for best ed­i­tor. I gasped so loudly I woke the dogs and cats asleep at my feet.

For my first fancy mag­a­zine event in the city there was spe­cial hair styling and make-up. There was al­most high heel shoes too, un­til I worked out how far I’d have to walk to my car. The venue was all daz­zling fairy lights, ike­bana-in­spired ta­ble set­tings and glam­orous peo­ple.

I’d love to tell you I won. How­ever, what I learnt was that when peo­ple say “it’s an hon­our to be nom­i­nated”, it turns out that really is true. A group of my peers looked hard at this lit­tle mag­a­zine and what it achieved in 20142015 and thought the work in it was wor­thy of the top three in the coun­try.

It rekin­dled my love for this mag­a­zine, and one of the re­sults is the makeover you’ll see this month, thanks to our amaz­ing de­signer Re­becca.

We’re also work­ing on some new ideas, and we’d love to hear from you too. Please let us know what you like, or loathe, and we’ll work on be­ing the best we can for you: ed­i­tor@nzlifestyle­block.co.nz

Thank you so much for an­other won­der­ful year and we hope you enjoy your sum­mer break.

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