SWUG Committee

SWUG is a volunteer-run organisation that relies on the dedication, time and support of many people in the newspaper industry. Here are the men and women that are behind the organisation of your New Zealand SWUG Conference.

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Ray Clarkson

Ray Clarkson (Chairman)

Ray is one of the stalwarts of SWUG New Zealand and is currently acting Chairman of SWUG. He was a big supporter of John Green in getting the inaugural SWUG New Zealand Conference off the ground in late 1999 and played a big role in helping the organisation expand and move around the country in the following years.

Ray took over from John Green as the SWUG New Zealand chairman in 2001, remaining in the chair for the next eight years until standing down in 2009. A special award was made to Ray at the 2010 SWUG Awards Night Dinner in recognition of his input to the organisation. The presentation came as a surprise to Ray, who was not prepared for the PowerPoint display containing old photographs of him on the screen!

He said “I believe there is still a place for our industry. At the end of the day people still want to read newspapers, tabloids, magazines and books. They don’t want to sit in front of a screen all day?” Ray spent most of his working life at Allied Press and currently a director of that company.

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Sue Archibald

Sue Archibald

Sue is Managing Director of Promote Ltd, an events management company based in Wellington. She’s best known for her role as Awards Manager for the prestigious Pride In Print Awards.

She has held this role since the inception of the Awards in 1993 and was actively involved in the creation of the Awards programme for the New Zealand Print Industry in 1992. Through this involvement she was invited by Ray Clarkson to speak at a SWUG conference in Nelson in 2004 and has been involved with the SWUG group to some degree ever since.

The SWUG Awards were established by Ray Clarkson committee in 2008 and presented for the first time at the Waikato Conference later that year.

Sue current role is to co-ordinate the entries and judging process for these Awards. With the retirement of Ray from the Chairman role she has worked closely with the new SWUG committee and the new Chairman, Dan Blackbourn, and has taken on more responsibility for recommending venue options and looking after the conference logistics.

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Craig Harrison

Craig Harrison

Craig is currently the site manager of the largest commercial print site in New Zealand.
At PMP Print he is responsible for all facets of the company sheetfed and web printing operations. Craig has to date amassed 26 years within the print industry, predominantly at APN Print (Manukau). He has had roles in procurement of paper, sales support, sheet-fed and web operations management, as well as being involved in 12 press installations, a bindery upgrade and a complete move – it has been a very exciting career! Craig also had a 12-month stint in Australia with Times Printers Melbourne, Craig is the treasurer of SWUG New Zealand

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Ian Gibson

Ian Gibson

Ian started at Sydney Cook Graphics in February 1982 and was appointed Fuji Sales Rep for the South Island commencing in July 1984. He really enjoyed his time in the south and got to love newspapers as The Christchurch Press at that stage had just installed its Metroliner and started using pre-sensitised plates (the first newspaper in the country to do so) which was a far cry from cutting his teeth on Napp Relief Plates.
He travelled and called into all the South Island newspapers and print shops and is happy to say that there are still a large number of great people involved at these sites when he returns today, which is testament that when print is in your blood it is often there for life.

Ian moved to the Big Smoke Auckland in December 2002 and started as Auckland Sales Manager with CPI and then transitioned via GSA to Fujifilm NZ Ltd as National Business Manager staying loyal to the Fuji product throughout and enjoying a steady growth in market share throughout this time. He’s still doing the same thing but getting to meet a lot more great industry people.

He believes we are very fortunate to operate in an industry like ours and SWUG is an opportunity to reflect on this with swapping of ideas and knowledge in a relaxed forum and having the chance to enjoy each others company as well, and perhaps tell a couple of stories of SWUG past.

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Daryl Clarkson

Daryl Clarkson

Daryl brings 25-years experience in the newspaper industry at Allied Press and during this time has worked in on a wide range of media activities, projects and initiatives.

With a background in engineering and technology he has overseen information technology during a time of significant change to computer based publishing technologies. He has been involved in a wide range of technical projects in the publishing environment, including a number of industry level initiatives and has been a committee member of an Australasian user group for publishing technology.

Alongside newspaper duties, he has also managed regional television activities at an executive level for more than a decade and was an active participant in the regional television industry during that time. More recently he has been engaged in a digital start-up venture involving the research and development of specialist online products with a newspaper integration focus.

Daryl is currently Operations Manager of Allied Press and oversees all aspects of New Zealand’s southern most newspaper printing operation. He believes industry coherence at all levels, from initial sales to printing activities, is critical to maintain the industry’s strength going forward and to that end is pleased to be a part of the SWUG team.

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Russell Wieck

Russell Wieck

Russell began his print career straight from school when commencing an apprenticeship as a lithographic web offset printer with The Toowoomba Chronicle in 1977. The Chronicle was part of the Provincial Newspapers of Queensland (PNQ) group which was purchased by APN News and Media in the late 1980s.

Russell continued his service with the paper until the 2000s when, looking for a change, he accepted a position as a printer with the New Zealand Herald and moved out of team management and back onto the production floor – an experience he says was very rewarding in many ways.

In 2007, he was promoted to the position of press manager before accepting a secondment role as the site manager for The Christchurch Star. The secondment was unexpectedly cut short by the February 2011 earthquake, which destroyed the print site – ultimately leading to the closure of the plant – which Russell recalls as a difficult and sobering task.

Returning to Auckland in late 2011, he took up his current role as operations manager with NZME Print Ellerslie (formerly APN News and Media).

During his 40 years in the industry, Russell has had the opportunity to participate in a large number of SWUG conferences, both in Australia and New Zealand, and is looking forward to contributing to many more successful conferences as a committee member.

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Mike Horler

Mike Horler

Currently the general manager of Horton Media, Mike began his career at age 16 as an apprentice with the Auckland Star. When the Auckland Star premises on Shortland Street closed, he transferred to Auckland Community Print at Manukau and ran one shift. Some six years later, he moved to the NZME plant at Ellerslie on day shift, then Horton Media started up and he became one if its first two employees.

Having moved through his apprenticeship to become a number one printer, Mike then progressed onto being a supervisor and accepted the role of production manager at Horton Media. At age 35, he was encouraged by Matthew Horton to advance his management skills and studied part time at AUT where he completed 16 business papers and a Business Diploma.

Today as a general manager of Horton Media, Mike feels that he should give something back to an industry that propelled him through life and increased his professional development over 32 years.