New year, new op­por­tu­ni­ties

Manawatu Standard - - News - Matthew Dal­las, editor

A warm wel­come to 2019 – I hope read­ers have started the year with bright hopes and plenty of time un­der blue skies.

For the team in the Manawatu¯ news­room, change tends to be con­stant, but it’s worth not­ing the de­par­ture last week of one our long-term col­leagues.

Grant Miller, who has helped shape sto­ries with The Manawatu¯ Stan­dard for 14 years, as a reporter, head of con­tent and most re­cently a news direc­tor, is bound for the East Coast and a new jour­nal­is­tic life as a sports reporter in Gis­borne.

De­voted to the craft of news writ­ing, and help­ing our young re­porters be­come bet­ter jour­nal­ists, Grant has pro­vided as­tute guid­ance and coun­sel, and has made an in­deli­ble con­tri­bu­tion to the qual­ity of our con­tent.

For sev­eral years he also pro­duced the reg­u­lar Miller On Pol­i­tics col­umn, which al­ways en­gaged strongly with read­ers.

I wish Grant all the best on his next ad­ven­ture.

The new year has also brought to a close our fort­nightly arts re­view Crit­i­cal Eye, pro­duced for many years by Fran Dib­ble. I’d like to thank Fran for her years of in­sight and en­thu­si­asm for the lo­cal arts scene.

Read­ers can be as­sured our arts cov­er­age will re­main strong and spir­ited in the hands of arts reporter Carly Thomas.

I’d also like to wel­come back a fa­mil­iar face to the news­room. Greer Berry, for­merly a Manawatu¯ Stan­dard dig­i­tal editor and news direc­tor, and the mum at the heart of fort­nightly par­ent­ing col­umn Cold Cof­fee, is back on deck as a news direc­tor, pro­vid­ing parental leave cover un­til Easter.

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