Auckland city newspaper to shut down after more than 30 years

The Cider Building in Ponsonby is home to the Auckland City Harbour News editorial team.
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The Cider Building in Ponsonby is home to the Auckland City Harbour News editorial team.

After more than three decades of production, the last Auckland City Harbour News will roll off the press later this month.

On February 5, 1985 the first edition of the Fairfax-owned paper was distributed free to households. Now its time is up with a final edition being delivered on September 27. 

Fairfax national communities editor Jeremy Rees said the paper was no longer commercially viable.

National communities editor Jeremy Rees says the paper can't carry on while making a loss.
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National communities editor Jeremy Rees says the paper can't carry on while making a loss.

"The simple fact is the economics of publishing the Auckland City Harbour News caught up with us," Rees said.

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"The paper does not make enough money to cover the cost of printing and distributing it."

The paper launched in 1985, to round out the Suburban Newspapers' Auckland coverage across the city.

When it first launched it was delivered twice a week to homes in Pt Chevalier, Herne Bay, Ponsonby, Parnell and Newmarket.

Today the Auckland City Harbour News is distributed to more than 21,000 households in Carrington, Eden Terrace, Freemans Bay, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Kingsland, Mt Albert, Newtown, Ponsonby, Pt Chevalier, St Marys Bay, Waterview, Western Springs and Westmere.

Fairfax was looking at interesting ways to carry on news coverage in the area and the area will continue to be covered on Stuff.co.nz and Neighbourly, Rees said.

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"We have loved every minute of printing the paper since 1985, but it can't carry on while making a loss."

There would be no job losses in editorial or commercial but some delivery jobs would be affected, Rees said.

"We are planning some special editions to celebrate the Auckland City Harbour News and its history as well as explanatory stories on how to find coverage of the area on Neighbourly and Stuff," Rees said.

"Since then it has been a training ground for many of Auckland and New Zealand's best journalists and editors."

Three other Auckland papers - the Central Leader, the East and Bays Courier and the Eastern Courier would change from bi-weekly papers to weekly papers from the beginning of October.

  • If you have any memories or pictures of the Auckland City Harbour News feel free to send them to catrin.owen@fairfaxmedia.co.nz for inclusion in our special editions. 

 - Stuff

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