Cen­tral Auck­land news­pa­per signs off

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - CA­TRIN OWEN

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.

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

‘‘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.

‘‘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.

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

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

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