Stuff (company)

Stuff Limited is a news media company operating in New Zealand. It has been a subsidiary of Australia's Nine Entertainment Co. since December 2018. It was a subsidiary of Fairfax Media from 2003 until December 2018, when Fairfax Media merged with Nine Entertainment, and was named Fairfax New Zealand Limited until 1 February 2018.[1]

Stuff Ltd
HeadquartersWellington, New Zealand
Key people
Sinead Boucher (CEO)
ParentNine Entertainment Co.

Stuff operates nine daily newspapers throughout New Zealand, as well as one weekly paper, the Sunday Star-Times. Magazines published include TV Guide, New Zealand's top-selling weekly magazine.[2] Its news website is The print publications and previously belonged to Independent Newspapers Limited (INL), before they were sold to Fairfax in 2003. Nine Entertainment was looking to sell Stuff in 2019 but did not receive any adequate bids.[3]


Allen Williams was chief executive officer of Fairfax New Zealand Limited from April 2009 until April 2013, when he was promoted managing director of Australian Publishing Media.[4] Andrew Boyle was acting managing director until Simon Tong started as managing director in September 2013.[5] Tong left in March 2017, just days prior to the Commerce Commission announcing their final decision on the proposed Fairfax New Zealand merger with New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME).[6] Tong was succeeded by Boyle as acting managing director until Sinead Boucher was appointed chief executive officer in August 2017. Boucher had first been employed by Fairfax as a branch office reporter for The Press in 1993.[7]

Current publications

Major mastheads

Community newspapers


  • Auckland City Harbour News
  • The Bay Chronicle
  • Central Leader
  • Dagraville & District News
  • East & Bays Courier
  • Eastern Courier
  • Manukau Courier
  • Northern News
  • North Harbour News
  • North Shore Times
  • Nor-West News
  • Papakura Courier
  • Rodney Times
  • Waiheke Marketplace
  • Western Leader
  • Whangarei Leader


  • The Horowhenua Mail
  • The Hutt News
  • Kapi-Mana News
  • Kapiti Observer
  • Upper Hutt Leader
  • Wairarapa News
  • The Wellingtonian


Closure or sale of mastheads

Stuff announced in February 2018 that it would close or sell 28 of its smaller community and rural mastheads. The 28 titles are:[9]

  • Avenues
  • Waikato Farmer
  • Admire Marlborough
  • NZ Dairy Farmer
  • Discover Magazine
  • Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook
  • Admire Nelson
  • Hastings Mail
  • Christchurch Mail
  • Napier Mail
  • The Tribune
  • Kaikoura Star
  • Invercargill Eye
  • Auto Xtra
  • South Canterbury Herald
  • Clutha Leader
  • Waiheke Marketplace
  • NewsLink
  • Wairarapa News
  • Queenstown Mirror
  • NZ Farmer
  • Waitaki Herald
  • Canterbury Farmer
  • North Waikato News
  • Central District Farmer
  • Rotorua Review
  • Otago Southland Farmer
  • Ruapehu Press

See also


  1. "Stuff's journey from newspaper pioneer to website to 'portfolio' business". Stuff. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  2. "About TV Guide". Stuff Limited. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  3. Rutherford, Hamish (23 July 2019). "Nine will 'focus on the long term' with bids for Stuff below fair value". Stuff. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  4. "Fairfax NZ names new managing director". Stuff. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  5. "Fairfax appoints NZ chief operating officer". Stuff. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  6. "New CEO, rebrand for Fairfax NZ". Radio New Zealand. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  7. "Sinead Boucher named as Stuff chief executive". Stuff. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  8. "Newspapers". Stuff Limited. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  9. "Fairfax to sell or close 28 print mastheads". The New Zealand Herald. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
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