List of print media in New Zealand

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]


Publication City Circulation (2014)[2] Owned by (2013) Founded
The New Zealand HeraldAuckland142,566APN News & Media1863
The Dominion PostWellington68,912Fairfax New Zealand2002
The PressChristchurch64,038Fairfax New Zealand1861
Otago Daily TimesDunedin36,083Allied Press1861
Waikato TimesHamilton26,610Fairfax New Zealand1872
The Southland TimesInvercargill23,231Fairfax New Zealand1862
Hawke's Bay TodayHastings20,642APN News & Media1999
Taranaki Daily NewsNew Plymouth18,928Fairfax New Zealand1857
Bay of Plenty TimesTauranga20,352APN News & Media1872
Manawatu StandardPalmerston North12,357Fairfax New Zealand1880
The Nelson MailNelson15,609Fairfax New Zealand1866
The Timaru HeraldTimaru14,010Fairfax New Zealand1864
The Northern AdvocateWhangarei13,292APN News & Media1875
Wanganui ChronicleWhanganui11,217APN News & Media1856
The Daily PostRotorua10,294APN News & Media1885
Gisborne HeraldGisborne7,705Gisborne Herald Co.1874
Wairarapa Times-AgeMasterton6,566APN News & Media1878
Ashburton GuardianAshburton5,243Ashburton Guardian Company1879
Greymouth StarGreymouth4,284Allied Press1866
Oamaru MailOamaru2,869Allied Press1876
Westport NewsWestport1,884 (2008)The Westport News1871
Daily ChronicleLevin2,661APN News & Media1893
The Marlborough ExpressBlenheim5,797Fairfax New Zealand1866

National weekly papers

Free newspapers

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


Yo Vocal magazine

Student magazines

Literary magazines



  • Junior Digest[5]


Note: these newspapers are listed by decade of first issue. For place and years published see Papers Past.[6]

  • 1991–2000:

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

See also

  • Joseph Ivess (1844–1919), who had an association with about 40 newspapers and founded many of them[11]


  1. Rosenberg, Bill (13 September 2008). "News media ownership in New Zealand" (PDF). Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  2. "Press audit results". The New Zealand Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  4. Debate
  5. Keith, Hamish (1984). New Zealand yesterdays: a look at our recent past. Reader's Digest Services. p. 131. ISBN 9780949819406. Retrieved 21 April 2016. Junior Digest, published in Christchurch, lasted from 1945 to 1964- longer than most of the magazines [...]
  6. "Explore all newspapers". Papers Past. 2019.
  7. "PAEROA GAZETTE 1891 – 1991". Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  8. The I. W. W. and the General Strike in Aotearoa. Trouble Makers – Anarchism and Syndicalism. (1999-08-16). Retrieved on 2012-07-03.
  9. Bruce Macdonald Brown (1966). "High Casualty Rate". Department of External Affairs. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  10. 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
  11. Harvey, Ross. "Ivess, Joseph – Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
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