HarperCollins to shut NZ distribution unit

Last updated 17:35 12/06/2013

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Publishing company HarperCollins has announced the closure of its New Zealand distribution network.

The company could not say how many jobs would be lost in the move as some of the people affected would be offered new positions.

HarperCollins chief executive James Kellow said supply would switch to the company's warehouse in Australia.

Support services would also be run from Australia.

He said the company "remained committed to publishing New Zealand books for New Zealand readers and looked forward to maintaining a local publishing programme in the future".

"We will now start the search for new premises for HarperCollins NZ on Auckland's North Shore for our ongoing publishing, sales and marketing communications team."

He signalled the departure of general manager Graham Mitchell, however, saying he had "kindly agreed to stay on until the transition of the business has been successfully completed".

Communications director Simon Milne said he did not even have a "ball park figure" of how many people were affected.

He said the decision was related to "economies of scale" and all publishing houses apart from Random House had now moved their warehousing back to Australia.

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