Editorial: Time to reflect on the ups and downs

Christmas Eve can be a time - after the last-minute gift buying and wrapping - to finally put your feet up and look back at the year.

It's a time to reflect on what lessons can be learned from the times when things didn't go well, and take satisfaction from successes.

Economically, for many it's been another challenging year, but there is a renewed sense of confidence filtering through our main industries and many bus inesses going into 2014.

There should be extra satisfaction for those who have seen their hard work pay off, and can now look forward to a well earned break over summer.

Our industry has certainly seen its fair share of change. For what has undoubtedly been a tough year for many of my staff at the Mail, I have nothing but admiration for the way they have handled it.

They are some of the most committed and profess ional I have had the pleasure to work with in my 28 years in the industry. The passion to get you, our readers, the stories across all our publications, from the daily to our online and community audiences, has remained undiminished.

As Fairfax boss Greg Hywood says, many outside the industry thought the traditional media companies could not change, but they have. ". . . we have remade a 100-plus year old business based around newspapers into a 21st century multi-platform media company. The changes to our structures means we are now genuinely lean and agile. Our much lower cost base means we have built a bridge to secure our earnings while we drive existing revenue streams harder and build new ones."

With that in mind, I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Nelson Mail - it is very much appreciated.

I see our role in the community to inform and engage. We want to tell the stories that matter to you and reflect what is special about the Nelson-Tasman region.

We want to be a champion for the region. Let's face it, we live in a very special place.

As the biggest media organisation in the region, we want to continue to celebrate the successes of individuals, businesses and organisations.

In the past year we have done just that with a diverse range of news and features that have highlighted the vibrant cast of characters who live and work here, as well as the visitors who pass through.

Over the past year I have had plenty of feedback from readers. I find that very useful, so please feel free to pick up the phone or send me an email and tell me what you think.

In the meantime, have a safe and well-deserved break with family and friends, and enjoy the natural wonders that make our region a drawcard for vistiors and a great place to call home.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Paul McIntyre, Editor