List of print media in New Zealand

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This is a list of print media in New Zealand. New Zealand once had several daily newspapers in each major city, but, as in other countries, the medium was damaged by radio and then television. Each city now has only one daily newspaper. There are no truly national newspapers, although The New Zealand Herald and to a lesser extent The Dominion Post are both available outside their core areas. The four main centres of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin are served by The New Zealand Herald, The Dominion Post, The Press, and the Otago Daily Times, respectively. There are also several weekly newspapers with a national scope, including two tabloids, the Sunday News and the Herald on Sunday. There are also numerous low-budget and free weekly newspapers catering for particular suburbs or for subcultures including the gay and farming communities and various ethnic groups.

The ownership of New Zealand newspapers is dominated by Fairfax New Zealand and APN News & Media, with Fairfax having 48.6 per cent of the daily newspaper circulation.[1]


Publication City Circulation (2014)[2] Owned by (2013) Founded
The New Zealand Herald Auckland 142,566 APN News & Media 1863
The Dominion Post Wellington 68,912 Fairfax New Zealand 2002
The Press Christchurch 64,038 Fairfax New Zealand 1861
Otago Daily Times Dunedin 36,083 Allied Press 1861
Waikato Times Hamilton 26,610 Fairfax New Zealand 1872
The Southland Times Invercargill 23,231 Fairfax New Zealand 1862
Hawke's Bay Today Hastings 20,642 APN News & Media 1999
Taranaki Daily News New Plymouth 18,928 Fairfax New Zealand 1857
Bay of Plenty Times Tauranga 20,352 APN News & Media 1872
Manawatu Standard Palmerston North 12,357 Fairfax New Zealand 1880
The Nelson Mail Nelson 15,609 Fairfax New Zealand 1866
The Timaru Herald Timaru 14,010 Fairfax New Zealand 1864
The Northern Advocate Whangarei 13,292 APN News & Media 1875
Wanganui Chronicle Whanganui 11,217 APN News & Media 1856
The Daily Post Rotorua 10,294 APN News & Media 1885
Gisborne Herald Gisborne 7,705 Gisborne Herald Co. 1874
Wairarapa Times-Age Masterton 6,566 APN News & Media 1878
Ashburton Guardian Ashburton 5,243 Ashburton Guardian Company 1879
Greymouth Star Greymouth 4,284 Allied Press 1866
Oamaru Mail Oamaru 2,869 Allied Press 1876
Westport News Westport 1,884 (2008) The Westport News 1871
Daily Chronicle Levin 2,661 APN News & Media 1893
The Marlborough Express Blenheim 5,797 Fairfax New Zealand 1866

National weekly papers[edit]

Free newspapers[edit]

Free newspapers are often called 'community newspapers' in New Zealand. Most are published weekly, in tabloid format.


Student magazines[edit]

Literary magazines[edit]



  • Junior Digest[5]


Note: these newspapers are listed by decade of first issue.

  • 1991-2000:

New Zealand Russian monthly ( published by Russian association of Auckland, this newspaper published its final edition in November 2000 )

See also[edit]

  • Joseph Ivess (1844–1919), who had an association with about 40 newspapers and founded many of them[10]


  1. ^ Rosenberg, Bill (2008-09-13). "News media ownership in New Zealand" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  2. ^ "Press audit results". The New Zealand Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
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  4. ^ Debate
  5. ^ Keith, Hamish (1984). New Zealand yesterdays: a look at our recent past. Reader's Digest Services. p. 131. ISBN 9780949819406. Retrieved 2016-04-21. Junior Digest, published in Christchurch, lasted from 1945 to 1964- longer than most of the magazines [...]
  6. ^ "PAEROA GAZETTE 1891 – 1991". Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  7. ^ The I. W. W. and the General Strike in Aotearoa. Trouble Makers – Anarchism and Syndicalism. (1999-08-16). Retrieved on 2012-07-03.
  8. ^ Bruce Macdonald Brown (1966). "High Casualty Rate". Department of External Affairs. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  9. ^ Nicholas Evan Reid, The Bishop's Paper: A History of the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Auckland, CPC, Auckland, 2000, p. 55 ISBN 0473072181
  10. ^ Harvey, Ross. "Ivess, Joseph – Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 14 April 2012.

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