We're celebrating 20 years as your paper

16:00, Nov 05 2012

This month marks an important milestone. The Whangarei Leader published for the first time on November 11, 1992.

It was a historic day for our community. Until the arrival of the Leader no competing newspaper to the daily paper had successfully established itself in the district and survived.

The Whangarei Leader has established itself as the leading community newspaper in the district. It has spent 20 years delivering community news for and about the people of Whangarei, and advertising solutions for businesses.

Original owner Ford Watson promised to deliver a high quality, professional publication in the first edition and the Leader has done just that for two decades.

The front page of the first issue set the tone for the years to follow with optimistic stories on Whangarei enjoying a marine engineering boom and retailers promising to dress up the town like never before for Christmas.

Inside stories included reports that Northland was likely to experience a hot summer, a new cashless bartering system was being introduced in the city and the celebration of a Whangarei Boys' High School student, Jody Reynolds, who won a design contest.


He created spectacle frames with an adjustable bridge.

Columns featured strongly in the first edition covering topics from boating, gardening and animal health to humour, TV and videos, health and beauty, farming and finance.

The paper's gardening writer Jean Sanders made her debut and continued writing her column until 2007. Today's columns feature less in the weekly mix of news delivered each Tuesday.

The paper has evolved and under the ownership of Fairfax Media is now delivering content via its website as well as in print plus on Facebook and Twitter.

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