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, usually a morning paper (which had a wider circulation into rural areas) and an evening paper) As in other countries, the print medium has been damaged by radio, then television and then the internet. The major cites now have 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 , 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 NZME, with Fairfax having 48.6 per cent of the daily newspaper circulation. [1]


PublicationCityCirculation (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 64,038Fairfax New Zealand1861
Otago Daily Times Dunedin 36,083 Allied Press 1861
Waikato Times Hamilton 26,610Fairfax New Zealand1872
The Southland Times Invercargill 23,231Fairfax New Zealand1862
Hawke's Bay Today Hastings 20,642APN News & Media1999
Taranaki Daily News New Plymouth 18,928Fairfax New Zealand1857
Bay of Plenty Times Tauranga 20,352APN News & Media1872
Manawatu Standard Palmerston North 12,357Fairfax New Zealand1880
The Nelson Mail Nelson 15,609Fairfax New Zealand1866
The Timaru Herald Timaru 14,010Fairfax New Zealand1864
The Northern Advocate Whangarei 13,292APN News & Media1875
Whanganui Chronicle Whanganui 11,217APN News & Media1856
The Daily Post Rotorua 10,294APN News & Media1885
Gisborne Herald Gisborne 7,705Gisborne Herald Co.1874
Wairarapa Times-Age Masterton 6,566APN News & Media1878
Ashburton Guardian Ashburton 5,243Ashburton Guardian Company1879
Greymouth Star Greymouth 4,284Allied Press1866
Oamaru Mail Oamaru 2,869Allied Press1876
Westport News Westport 1,884 (2008)The Westport News1871
The Marlborough Express Blenheim 5,797Fairfax New Zealand1866

National weekly papers

Free newspapers

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


Student magazines

Literary magazines



  • Phoenix (1932) [6]
  • Spilt Ink (1932–1937) [6]
  • New Zealand Mercury (1933–1936) [6]
  • Oriflamme and Sirocco (1933) [6]
  • Tomorrow (1934–1940)
  • Women To-day (1936–1939) [6]
  • Book (1942–1947) [6]
  • Arena (1942–1975) [6]
  • New Zealand New Writing (1943–1945) [6]
  • Here and Now (1948–1957) [6]
  • Junior Digest (1945–1965) [7]
  • Te Ao Hou / The New World (1952–1974)
  • Out! (1976–2009) [8]


Note: these newspapers are listed by decade of first issue. For place and years published see Papers Past. [9]

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