Mail duo awards finalists

Last updated 11:56 16/04/2014
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LISTEN UP: This photo of violinist-turned-bus driver Richard Mackay was part of a portfolio that Alden Williams submitted for the Canon Media Awards.

Alden Williams' Canon Awards Portfolio
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Nelson Mail journalists Naomi Arnold and Alden Williams have been named as finalists in this year's Canon Media Awards.

Arnold was named as one of three finalists for the Regional Feature Writer of the Year award and Williams for the Junior Photographer of the Year category.

Arnold's stories included a weekend spent hunting for the lost plane Aotearoa in the hills of Awaroa, tracing the history of Nelson's Fairfield House and the remarkable man behind its resurrection, attempting to find out out why Nelson has one of the highest rates of Crohn's disease in the world, and investigating the furore surrounding one man's plans to mine soapstone in a remote corner of Golden Bay.

New Zealand's premiere journalism awards will be presented in Auckland on May 9.

Nelson Mail editor Paul McIntyre was "extremely proud" of the nominations.

"It's always tough competition and there was a record number of entries this year, so to be a finalist is a wonderful achievement."

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