Fair­fax ex­tends its reach with is­land pa­per

Central Leader - - News -

Fair­fax Me­dia is in the fi­nal stages of ac­quir­ing an­other news­pa­per to add to its net­work with the pur­chase of the Wai­heke Mar­ket­place.

The Wai­heke Is­land weekly free com­mu­nity pa­per will come un­der the Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Auck­land net­work.

Subur­bans gen­eral man­ager David Penny says the pa­per serves a vi­brant and unique com­mu­nity on the Hau­raki Gulf is­land.

“Owner Jo Holmes and her staff have cre­ated a weekly pa­per that de­servedly en­joys a fine rep­u­ta­tion and lead­ing po­si­tion,” Mr Penny says.

“Fair­fax Me­dia be­lieves the is­land has good po­ten­tial for growth but recog­nises that there are is­sues that are unique to is­land com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are looking for­ward to work­ing along­side some very good peo­ple and have been im­pressed with the com­mit­ment of the staff to the pa­per,” he says.

Fair­fax Me­dia plans to re­tain staff but bring in­creased re­sources to de­velop the pa­per.

Mr Penny says Fair­fax Me­dia has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in pub­lish­ing qual­ity com­mu­nity pa­pers, with a coun­try­wide net­work of more than 60 ti­tles.

The com­pany has an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to those pa­pers, recog­nis­ing their value and spe­cial place within their com­mu­ni­ties.

It is likely the Wai­heke Mar­ket­place will be­come more in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity through in­creased spon­sor­ship and events.

Mr Penny says he is looking for­ward to work­ing with the staff, com­mu­nity leaders, as­so­ci­a­tions and busi­nesses, be­cause Fair­fax Me­dia wel­comes lo­cal in­put on op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove the pa­per.

“It is a good news­pa­per with an es­tab­lished rep­u­ta­tion and we think it will fit well within the sta­ble of qual­ity pa­pers through­out Auck­land,” he says.

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