Sporting success

It’s official – Mahurangi Matters reporter Ben Donaldson, 21, is one of the top junior sports reporters in New Zealand. At the annual NZ Community Newspapers Association conference in Rotorua last month, Ben was named top junior sports reporter, as well as runner-up in the junior news reporter section. The association represents nearly 100 independently owned newspapers around NZ. Ben, a former Mahurangi College student, joined Mahurangi Matters straight from school and his award recognised the breadth of stories he had covered, as well as their presentation and style.