Former Bute reporter up for NZ magazine awards

John Durrant, a former reporter with The Buteman, has been nominated as editor of the year at the New Zealand Magazine Publishers' Association awards.
John Durrant, a former reporter with The Buteman, has been nominated as editor of the year at the New Zealand Magazine Publishers' Association awards.

A former reporter with The Buteman now living and working in New Zealand has been nominated for a national award in his adopted home.

John Durrant (29), editor of NZ Fishing World, is in the running for the ‘editor of the year’ prize at the New Zealand Magazine Publishers Association awards later this month, while the magazine itself has been nominated as ‘magazine of the year’.

John, who worked for The Buteman from December 2000 to December 2002 after leaving Rothesay Academy, said: “I’ve only been editor of the magazine since July last year so it was a big surprise to make it to the shortlist.

“In the time I’ve been here, we’ve really tried hard to do things that set NZ Fishing World apart so it’s quite nice to get a wee bit of recognition for that.

“Kiwis are fishing mad. Around a million people fish regularly here so it’s an incredibly competitive market.

“To give that some context, there’s three national fishing magazines and seven different TV fishing shows in a country with a population of around 4.5 million people.”

John and his wife Desiree moved to New Zealand in 2009 and have two sons, Rory and Joe.

The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony in Auckland on September 28.