Taranaki Daily News moving from its home of 50 years
A new era will begin at the Taranaki Daily News when it moves from its Currie St offices in December.
The media organisation is leaving its home of more than 50 years, heading to the seventh floor of the Worley Parsons building on the corner of Gill St and Liardet St in central New Plymouth..
The Daily News moved into the current offices in 1962 when it merged with the Taranaki Herald. Both newspapers came under the banner of Taranaki News Ltd, with separate, competing editorial staff but combined resources. Prior to that, the newspaper had been located just across the road.
First published in May 1852 as the Taranaki News, it is the second-oldest newspaper in the country after the Wanganui Chronicle.
Fairfax Media's Taranaki regional editor Ryan Evans said it was fantastic to be upgrading to a modern office that better reflected the modern organisation it had become.
"The new office has spectacular views from the mountain to the coast, so hopefully we'll be able to keep an even better eye on the goings on in our region than ever before.
"The news business has moved at a rapid pace into the digital era, and it's important that our working space reflects that."
Former editor Denis Garcia recalled moving into the building in 1962.
"It was very good having brand new premises," he recalled.
"It was a very functional building, having all our editorial stuff together upstairs there."
Another former editor, Lance Girling-Butcher, said he had many fond memories of the building.
"I think its biggest problem was the chief reporter's office got very hot in the afternoon."
He said among the bigger stories they had covered from the premises were Cyclone Bola in 1988, the 2001 September 11 attacks and the Wahine ferry sinking in 1968.
The day the Wahine went down, he and the Taranaki Herald's Jim Tucker were covering the murder of an Inglewood High School principal who was shot at school by a student.
"We were wandering around Inglewood thinking we had the scoop of the century."
On any other day that would have been front page news, he said.
He said it is the people he remembered more than the building itself.
"Buildings are inanimate places but the people that populate them make them what they are.
"We've had some real characters in that building."