The Northern Advocate

The Northern Advocate is the regional daily paper for the city of Whangarei and the Northland Region in New Zealand.

The Northern Advocate
TypeDaily/Morning (except Sunday)
FormatMonday to Friday: tabloid, Saturday: broadsheet
EditorRachel Ward
Founded1875 (1875)[1]


The Whangarei Comet and Northern Advertiser was founded in 1875 as a weekly paper by George Alderton and, despite a small population which led to predictions the paper "would go up like a comet, and come down like a stick",[3] the paper flourished and within two years had expanded to 12 pages and become the Northern Advocate and General Advertiser, with a small section printed in Maori.[3] The paper began daily publication in 1902. On Monday, 23 April 2012, the weekday Northern Advocate changed to tabloid format.

Other publications

The Whangarei Report

The Whangarei Report is a weekly tabloid-format community paper, delivered free on Thursdays to all homes south of the Brynderwyns, across to Dargaville and north to Oakura, Northland.[3]

The Northland Age

The Northland Age is a twice-weekly broadsheet community paper, delivered free on Tuesdays and Thursdays to all retailers and homes in Kerikeri, the Bay of Islands area down to Moerewa in the south.[3]


  1. "Papers Past — Northern Advocate". 1925-12-31. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  2. "Local, latest and breaking news from the Northland region". Northern Advocate. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
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