APN McNally Classic

Calling all anglers – Entry is Now Open

On Thursday 3rd April, APN invites you to pull yourself away from the office and join us for a day on the water for the APN McNally Classic.

The event is a one day charity fishing competition, hosted by celebrity fisherman Geoff Thomas and held in memory of NZ Herald Group Advertising Director, Andrew McNally.

All funds raised will be donated to the Men’s Health Trust New Zealand.

The philanthropy won’t be restricted to the water either with the event carrying on into the evening at Mantells On The Water in the form of a prize giving, charity auction fronted by Australasian auctioneer of the year, Daniel Coulson and dinner designed by celebrity chef Michael Van De Elzen.

Download the event programme here


Start Time: Lines in the water from 5.00am, Fishing stops 3.00pm.

Fishing Area:  Hauraki Gulf

Fish Species: Snapper, Kahawai, Trevally.

Prizes: There will be one prize for the Longest Catch for each species plus prizes for Most Unusual Catch and Hard Luck Story

Download the APN McNally Classic Rules and Regulations

Evening Function

What: Prizegiving, Charity Auction and Dinner

Where: Mantells On The Water - 11 Westhaven Drive in Auckland City

When: 4pm - 8pm


 If you would like to enquire about this event, please email sara.rock@apn.co.nz or haidee.schicker@apn.co.nz

Special Thanks To:

Geoff Thomas

The McNally Classic will be hosted by celebrity fisherman, Herald columnist and friend of Andrew, Geoff Thomas, who will lead the charge on his boat where there will be some places up for grabs.


Geoff Thomas has been a fisherman all his life and to most people is known as GT. His TV shows, books, videos and DVD’s have been entertaining and instructing Kiwis for more than 40 years.

Michael Van de Elzen

All participants will be invited to join a prize giving, and dinner hosted by celebrity chef, Michael Van de Elzen, renowned as an advocate of healthy eating.

Michael will design the menu and be on hand for anyone wanting to yarn about how to survive being a guy in this modern world of fit, fast and furious.