23 April 2013
Rebecca Hayter rejoins Boating New Zealand as editor after a five year hiatus, building on 20 years experience with the magazine.
Outgoing editor Kent Gray is leaving to edit the Dubai based Middle East Golfer magazine. He leaves Boating New Zealand after five years at the helm, but will continue to follow his passion of sailing in the UAE.
“Kent is leaving the magazine on a high with strong readership and advertising support and we thank him for his valuable contribution over the last five years. We are also very lucky to get Rebecca back on-board and look forward to seeing where she can take the magazine next,” says Boating New Zealand’s manager Stephen Lowe.
Hayter stepped down as editor from Boating New Zealand in 2008 to pursue hobbies and other writing. She has continued to write for the magazine and maintained close contacts with the marine industry, as well as writing for Fairfax publications NZ Life and Leisure, NZ House and Garden, and SkySport.
“I say I’m rejoining Boating, rather than coming back, because the magazine has changed in five years, the environment in which it lives and breathes has changed, and I’ve changed,” says Hayter.
Her first story as a journalism graduate was the 1992 Barcelona Olympics for Boating New Zealand. In 1995 she was appointed associate editor at BoatingWorld and in 1998, after crewing on a yacht from USA to New Zealand, joined Boating New Zealand full-time as yachting editor, later editor.
The Boating New Zealand team steadily improved the magazine to win Magazine of the Year – Specialist Category in 2006, and Ms Hayter won 2006 Editor of the Year – Supreme Winner. No other New Zealand boating magazine has won these awards.
In 2010, Hayter won two Journalist of the Year awards, for stories in Boating New Zealand and SkySport, and 2011 Journalist of the Year for SkySport. She co-wrote What You Wish For during this time, adding to her earlier books, Endless Summer and Oceans Alone.
“Boating New Zealand is nearly 30 now; several staff have been with Boating for more than 10 years so it has a huge depth of experience. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the team to take it to its next evolution,” says Ms Hayter.
Rebecca rejoins the team and takes up her role as editor from the end of April.
Victoria Griffin | Communications Manager | Fairfax Magazines
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