The Bay of Plenty Times has been named a finalist in two categories at the prestigious PANPA international newspaper awards.

The daily newspaper has been named a finalist in the Newspaper of the Year (Regional) category and our website has been named a finalist in News Site of the Year (Regional) category - the only New Zealand-based website to make the final in that category.

PANPA (the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association) attracts entries from across Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Asia. The winners will be announced on September 2 in Sydney.