Fairfax relocates up to 40 jobs to NZ

06:33, Jun 12 2012

As many as 40 new jobs will be created for journalists in New Zealand, after Fairfax Media today announced it would produce two of its Australian newspapers on this side of the ditch.

Fairfax Media, which owns the stuff.co.nz website, said the design, layout and copy subediting of the Illawarra Mercury, Newcastle Herald and their community papers would gradually move to New Zealand.

Fairfax today rejected union proposals to do the work in Australia, where 66 jobs will go and there has been industrial action.

Journalists at Fairfax Media in Australia went on strike for 36 hours when the proposal surfaced two weeks ago, as print and online staff from The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, The Sunday Age, The Sun-Herald, the Newcastle Herald and the Illawarra Mercury walked off the job.

A team dedicated to the Australian papers would be set up in New Zealand, Fairfax Media New Zealand group executive editor Paul Thompson said.

Most new jobs would be in Wellington, though they could be spread across the country.

- Stuff.co.nz is owned by Fairfax New Zealand

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