Taranaki Daily News

The Taranaki Daily News is a daily morning newspaper published in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Taranaki Daily News
TypeDaily (Mon-Sat)
Owner(s)Fairfax Media
EditorRyan Evans
HeadquartersNew Plymouth


The paper was founded as the Taranaki News on 14 May 1857, by friends of former Taranaki Province Superintendent Charles Brown.[1] Brown was the first proprietor of the newspaper and he appointed his political supporter and former Taranaki Herald editor Richard Pheney as its editor. The paper, initially housed in a small wooden building on the east side of Brougham Street opposite the present library, became a strident critic of the Herald and the provincial government.[1] The paper began publishing on Saturdays and in 1885 changed its name to the Taranaki Daily News when it began publishing daily.

The "Taranaki" was dropped from the masthead about 1962, when the paper's ownership was merged with that of the Herald to become Taranaki Newspapers Ltd, and reinstated in 2004.[2] As of December 2008, the circulation was 25,578.[3]

Taranaki Newspapers Ltd was bought by Independent Newspapers Ltd in 1989 and is now part of the Fairfax Media group. An electronic version of the paper is available on the stuff.co.nz website.[4]

TNL also publishes two free weekly newspapers in the Taranaki region: The North Taranaki Midweek (Wednesdays) and the South Taranaki Star (Thursdays).


  1. J.S. Tullett, The Industrious Heart: A History of New Plymouth, New Plymouth City Council, 1981.
  2. Bartle, Rhonda (8 February 2005). "Bringing out the Taranaki Daily News". Puke Ariki. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008.
  3. "Fairfax Media:Publications". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  4. "The Digital Edition". 25 June 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
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