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, and each city now only has 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. In addition, there are several weekly newspapers with a national scope, including two tabloids. There are also numerous low-budget weekly newspapers catering for particular suburbs or for subcultures including the gay and farming communities and various ethnic groups.

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


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

National weekly papers

Free newspapers

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

The Opunake and Coastal News


Student magazines

Literary magazines




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

  • Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle
  • New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian
  • New Zealander

  • Paeroa Gazette[5]

See also


  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.
  4. 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 [...]
  5. "PAEROA GAZETTE 1891 – 1991". Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  6. The I. W. W. and the General Strike in Aotearoa. Trouble Makers – Anarchism and Syndicalism. (1999-08-16). Retrieved on 2012-07-03.
  7. Bruce Macdonald Brown (1966). "High Casualty Rate". Department of External Affairs. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  8. 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
  9. Harvey, Ross. "Ivess, Joseph – Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 14 April 2012.

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