A new sea­son

NZ Lifestyle Block - - FROM THE EDITOR - Nadene Hall, Edi­tor

You prob­a­bly don’t take much no­tice of the num­bers which sit at the top right of page four in ev­ery is­sue. This month it’s Vol­ume 30, Num­ber 3, which in­di­cates that for the last 30 years, NZ Life­style Block (for­merly Grow­ing To­day) has come out ev­ery month. The ‘3’ stands for the month of this par­tic­u­lar is­sue.

But the first num­ber isn’t quite cor­rect. For its first cou­ple of years, the mag­a­zine was a jour­nal for the NZ Tree Crops As­so­ci­a­tion but of­fi­cial count­ing of each vol­ume didn’t start un­til 1976 and so of­fi­cially it’s year 30.

While the num­bers are se­quen­tial, this is­sue is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. You won’t see it in what you’re read­ing. The NZ Life­style Block colum­nists, writ­ers and team have been beaver­ing away to cre­ate this is­sue for you, as we have done for the last 10 years.

What you might no­tice is the com­pany name has changed, to Life­style Mag­a­zine Group. It’s a new com­pany which in­cludes NZ Life­style Block and NZ Life & Leisure, and it’s owned by the edi­tor of NZ Life & Leisure, Kate Cough­lan. It means we’re in ex­cel­lent com­pany, if you’ll par­don the pun, with NZ Life & Leisure tak­ing out Mag­a­zine of the Year and a slew of other awards at the Mag­a­zine Pub­lish­ing Awards in 2015. You won’t meet any­one who loves mag­a­zines more than Kate.

When I was a young news jour­nal­ist, my treat to my­self was to buy glossy mag­a­zines and it was an ex­pen­sive, bud­get-break­ing ob­ses­sion. I lived about 50m away from a spe­cial­ist mag­a­zine store in Welling­ton which only sold high-end, glossy, mostly in­ter­na­tional ti­tles and I couldn’t get enough. But out of the thou­sands of mag­a­zines it of­fered, my favourite was NZ House & Gar­den. I would sit and think how I re­ally wanted that edi­tor’s job.

That edi­tor was Kate Cough­lan, so it’s an hon­our to be here work­ing for her. She’s still one of the best in the busi­ness, and she’s com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing the work of mak­ing NZ Life­style Block your best, prac­ti­cal, in­for­ma­tive guide to liv­ing on a block.

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