The Southland Times

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The Southland Times
TypeDaily (except Sunday) Newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Fairfax Media
EditorNatasha Holland
Headquarters Invercargill, New Zealand
Circulation 23, 231
ISSN 0112-9910

The Southland Times is the regional daily paper for Southland, including Invercargill, and neighbouring parts of Otago, in New Zealand.

Invercargill Place in South Island, New Zealand

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. It is the commercial centre of the Southland region. The city lies in the heart of the wide expanse of the Southland Plains on the Oreti or New River some 18 km north of Bluff, which is the southernmost town in the South Island. It sits amid rich farmland that is bordered by large areas of conservation land and marine reserves, including Fiordland National Park covering the south-west corner of the South Island and the Catlins coastal region.

Otago Region of New Zealand in South Island

Otago is a region of New Zealand in the south of the South Island administered by the Otago Regional Council. It has an area of approximately 32,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi), making it the country's third largest local government region. Its population was 229,200 in June 2018.



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One of the Baku (Southland Times, 7 November 1903)

The Southland Times was first established in 1862. The first edition was published on 12 November 1862 under the title of Invercargill Times. The three founders were Gerard George Fitzgerald, John T. Downes, and Charles Reynolds. The name changed to The Southland Times in June 1864. [1] Initially, it was published two or three times a week until it became a daily paper in 1875. From 1869 until its purchase by the INL (Independent Newspapers Limited), it was owned by the Gilmour family. Robert Gilmour became a part owner in 1869–70, and then in 1879 became the sole owner of the paper.

Gerard George Fitzgerald New Zealand politician

Gerard George Fitzgerald was a 19th-century Member of Parliament in New Zealand. Like his brother James FitzGerald, he was a journalist of considerable ability, and co-founded The Southland Times in 1862. For the last 19 years of his life, he was editor of The Timaru Herald.

Independent Newspapers Limited (INL) was a newspaper publisher in New Zealand. Started as the Wellington Publishing Company in 1906 to publish The Dominion, it began taking over other newspapers in the 1970s and was renamed Independent Newspapers in 1972. It accumulated over 80 publications before selling them all to Fairfax in 2003. INL then merged into Sky Network Television in 2005. INL was part owned by News Limited since early in 1964 when Rupert Murdoch made his first overseas newspaper investment – a 29.57 percent stake in the Wellington Publishing Company. The News Limited holding in INL fluctuated over the years and was just over 49 percent in 1997.

In 1972, digital computers and software, phototypesetters, and a Japanese APR photopolymer plate were installed at the paper, making the Times New Zealand's first fully computerised newspaper production system under the direction of Ian Gilmour.

The paper changed hands again on 1 July 2003, when Independent Newspapers Limited was purchased by Fairfax Media. [2]

In May 2012 local printing of The Southland Times ceased with all printing now taking place from Allied Press in Dunedin. Smaller community papers that are usually printed once a week are now printed from Christchurch. [3]

Other publications

The Southland Times also publishes:

The Eye

The Eye is distributed weekly in the area surrounding Invercargill and Winton.

Newslink is distributed weekly in the area surrounding Gore and Eastern Southland. [4]

Gore, New Zealand Town and district in Southland, New Zealand

Gore is a town and district in the Southland region of the South Island of New Zealand.

The Mirror

The Mirror is published weekly on Wednesdays in two editions: one for the Queenstown Lakes District and another for Central Otago. [5]

Clutha Leader

The Clutha Leader is delivered on Thursday mornings to all homes in the Clutha district. [6]

Otago Southland Farmer

The Otago Southland Farmer is delivered fortnightly to all rural homes in Southland and Otago. [7]

Auto Xtra

Auto Xtra is an A4 glossy car publication, published fortnightly on a Monday, inserted into The Southland Times, and distributed to retail outlets in Invercargill.

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