2014 SWUG Conference guest speaker Steve Gurney

Steve Gurney is an Adventurer, an Inventor, and a Motivator. Ex-Professional adventure athlete, turned professional motivational speaker. Won the Coast to Coast a record nine times.

Raced mountain bikes for NZ at the world champs twice. Got an engineering degree. Invented a bike with wings. Poisoned by bat dung while racing in Borneo jungles.
Nearly died. Fought back to win the Coast to Coast 7 times more in a row. First cheeky nudist on NZ breakfast TV (did you choke on your Weetbix? ) Waxed his entire body for Dancing with the Stars. Awarded an MNZM gong for services to Endurance sport. World record crossing of the searing Sahara desert by wind-power. He’s spilled his thoughts and stories onto paper with 2 books: Lucky legs an autobiography, and Eating Dirt, adventure stories about managing risk.

Steve’s trained as a trainer in the field of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and incorporates some of this powerful research into his coaching, writing and speaking. He loves inspiring people to greater heights and loves teaching how to make mole-hills out of mountains. (Steve’s next mission is another 30-day kite-buggying world record up the Skeleton Coast of Namibia! )

ODT is the host site for SWUG 2014

The Otage Daily Times has the distinction of being the SWUG New Zealnd host site for 2014

The Goss Universal HT70 press was installed into a new press building in 1997. It was commissioned and printed its first publication on February 25 1998. The press configuration was 4 X four high towers with one J 2:3:3 jaw folder with skip slitter and a quarter fold.
A ribbon deck was installed above the upper former. The press was equipped with 5 Megtec auto splicers.
In 2004, we added the extra J2:3:3 shaftless folder and a new ferag TTR pick-up.
In 2006, we added a further 1 and a half towers and a further two reel stands.
The press can print 40 BS pages in full colour with a further 16 B&W pages from the half tower giving a total product size of 56 BS pages in collect.
Our normal Saturday edition is 112 plus pages these days so we preprint two sections and collate through the ferag INSERT IGNOREing drum.
We print the ODT, and the Southland Times 6 days per week on the night shift, and 22 other tab and BS publications during the day.

Things you can miss while reading a newspaper

Nice and smart experiment by Duval Guillaume to prove that newspapers still have their reason to exist. On behalf of Newspaperswork, the marketing platform for all Belgian newspaper publishers, they gave three top advertisers (Yves De Voeght of Coca-Cola, Sigrid Van Den Houte of Telenet and Walter Torks BNP Paribas) a free ride in a chauffeur-driven car. This way the three executives would have the time to read the newspaper on their way to work. No matter how hard the agency tried, seems like there was no way to distract them.

An amusing way to show how newspapers are still very effective in keeping the attention of those who are reading it (and therefore to claim print advertising still makes sense).

Starship Gains from Billy’s Red Jacket

Celebrity speaker Billy Graham’s scarlet jacket added to a humour-filled Award Night that saw Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland benefit from the raffle of a huge wooden Maori taonga carved by APN Print Ellerslie’s Phil Ost.

Billy’s eye-popping jacket somehow got draped over SWUG chairman Dan Blackbourn during the Award proceedings, as Dan coerced delegates to stump up with last-minute raffle ticket purchases.

It was all in a good cause as the raffle raised $1350 which will be matched by the SWUG committee so that a total of $2700 will be donated to Starship.

Dan told the Awards Night gala dinner audience that the evening was about celebrating the success of the SWUG New Zealand 2013 Conference for which he thanked the committee for its tireless work – and networking with contemporaries throughout our industry.

That networking was complemented by the attendance of guests from Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Australia and Germany and New Zealand-based VIPs Andrew Boyle, interim CEO of Fairfax NZ and Ruth Cobb, Manager of PrintNZ.
Special mention was given to former committee member Bob Anderson for his work on creating SWUG NZ and Danny Trainor for his committee work, and also to Peter Kirwan of Goss, Willie Townend of Norske Skog and Ken Rendell (the sponsor of the Apprentice Award prizes) for their support.

Craig Amos of PMP was thanked for his help in arranging the site visit.

Committee member John Green, hosted the announcement of the SWUG Apprentice of the Year Award, encouraged companies to engage more apprentices and to ensure the future of the industry.

By the time Dan wished everyone a good time for the ensuing party stating he turned into a pumpkin before midnight SWUG 2013 was concluding its best-ever event, and the fun times had not finished yet!

Child Cancer benefits from SWUG Charity Auction

Children suffering from cancer in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch will be closer to getting a family home built as a result of the generosity of printers and former All Black captain Todd Blackadder.

A donation of $2500 has been made by SWUG (the Single-Width Users Group representing mainly the newspaper sector of the printing industry) to the Child Cancer Foundation in Christchurch.

The funds were raised by the auctioning of a pastel drawing of Todd, now the Crusaders coach, and the Child Cancer Foundation was his choice of charity.

The foundation actually was the winner of not one or two but three cash windfalls at the SWUG Awards Night Dinner, held in Christchurch, where Todd was the guest speaker. Initially a raffle of the portrait raised $700, which with the dollar-for-dollar match from SWUG meant that the charity would gain at least $1400.

However the winner – Adam Newman of Ferag – sold the painting to Craig Amos of PMP who re-raffled the portrait locally and contributed those proceeds as well.

Clare Wilkinson, the foundation’s Funding and Business Development Manager for Canterbury and the West Coast, said it was fantastic of Todd to nominate the charity as recipient of the funds.

“It will go a long way in supporting children with cancer and their families. The funds will be best spent directly on the services we provide for the families that are currently in treatment, particularly over this holiday season when we are trying to keep the families together as much as possible.

“With only two treatment centres in New Zealand, the majority of families are travelling away from their support networks for the lengthy treatment that their children require.

“We are also about to build a new family place after the previous building was demolished after the earthquakes. This is a huge project for 2013 and will require significant fundraising in order to complete it.

“It is a priority for us to re-establish a family place for the families to use that is in walking distance to the hospital and can provide families with a homely non-clinical environment to relax in as an escape,” said Claire.

SWUG Chairman Dan Blackbourn said the organisation was delighted to support the foundation’s work.

“It is heartening to see the generosity of Todd and our members going to further the support of children suffering from cancer and their families, especially in Christchurch where the strain on families has been so great.

“We will look forward to seeing the family centre built and hope that our contribution helps it become reality as soon as possible.”