New Zealand Listener

The New Zealand Listener is a weekly New Zealand magazine which covers the political, cultural and literary life of New Zealand by featuring a variety of topics, including current affairs, politics, social issues, health, technology, arts, food, culture and entertainment.

New Zealand Listener
EditorPamela Stirling
CategoriesCurrent affairs
Circulation45,262 (Apr 2017 - March 2018)
Year foundedJune 1939 (1939-06)
CompanyBauer Media Group
CountryNew Zealand
Based inAuckland


The Listener was first published in June 1939 as a weekly broadcasting guide for radio listeners, and the first issue was distributed free to 380,000 households.[1] Initially edited by Oliver Duff[2] and M. H. Holcroft, it originally had a monopoly on the publication of upcoming television and radio programmes.[3] In the 1980s it lost that monopoly. Despite the increase in competition since that time, it is still one of the top selling magazines in the country. It was privatised in 1990 and is now published by Bauer Media Group.

Pamela Stirling has been the editor since 2004.[4] Readership sits at 197,000 with a circulation of 45,262.[5]

From 2004–2009, the Listener produced an annual New Zealand Listener Power List of the 50 most powerful people in New Zealand. It also publishes the Best 100 Books, Best 50 Kids Books, and Best Cookbooks, every November/December.

Notable writers to have had their work published in the Listener include James K. Baxter, Janet Frame and Maurice Shadbolt.[3]


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  1. "The "New Zealand Listener." – New Radio Magazine". The New Zealand Railways Magazine. 14 (4). 1 July 1939. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  2. "Duff, Oliver – Biography". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  3. "Today in History First issue of NZ Listener published". NZ History. 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  4. John Drinnan (18 April 2008). "Listener at centre of climate storm". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  5. "Listener Media Kit" (PDF).
  6. Holcroft, Monte (1 July 1989). "As I Remember It". New Zealand Listener.
  7. Hamilton, Stephen (2008). "Montague Harry Holcroft, 1902 – 1993". Kōtare. 2. ISSN 1174-6955.
  8. "O'Connor, Rev. Canon (Brian) Michael (Mcdougal), (born 20 June 1942), Dean of Auckland, New Zealand, 1997–2000", Who's Who, Oxford University Press, 1 December 2007, retrieved 30 July 2019
  9. "A farewell to Ian Cross". Newsroom. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  10. "Journalist and author Ian Cross dies aged 93". RNZ. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  11. Noted. "Ian Cross, celebrated Listener editor, 1925-2019". Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  12. Zealand, Massey University, New. "Champion of press freedom honoured - Massey University". Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  13. Noted. "News man - The Listener". Noted. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  14. de Lore, Clare (10 March 2019). "Jenny Wheeler: the first woman to be appointed Listener editor". New Zealand Listener.
  15. "Finlay Macdonald, RNZ National Presenter". RNZ. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  16. New Zealand Listener on Twitter
  17. "Russell Baillie". Noted. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  18. "Marc Wilson, School of Psychology". Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  19. "About - Paul Thomas - NZ Writer Author Novelist". Paul Thomas. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  20. "Paul Thomas". Noted. Retrieved 8 October 2019.

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