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Kia ora koutou. When the North Shore Times launched on March 30, 1949, the ed­i­to­rial ex­plained it was an ‘‘in­de­pen­dent en­ter­prise with its foun­da­tions on the North Shore, and its in­ter­ests in this lo­cal­ity ...’’ I was in­spired by Auck­land Her­itage Fes­ti­val to visit Taka­puna Li­brary and look at the early is­sues held there on mi­cro­fiche. The first-ever page one story was head­lined ‘‘Pretty Weddings on the North Shore’’. It de­scribes in glow­ing tones the gowns and church dec­o­ra­tions, eg, ‘‘The bridal gown was of mag­no­lia moire taffeta ...’’. The early edi­tions stuck to the core business of births, deaths and mar­riages, plus club sports, but it wasn’t long un­til fa­mil­iar themes emerged, eg, coun­cil mat­ters, elec­tions and trans­port woes. We no longer have ‘‘women’s pages’’ with house­keep­ing tips, but ar­guably the big­gest change has come in re­cent years, with the move from solely pro­duc­ing a news­pa­per to de­liv­er­ing news across a range of print and dig­i­tal plat­forms. What hasn’t changed is our mission of bring­ing you strong, in­de­pen­dent lo­cal sto­ries.

- nga¯ mihi Jodi Yeats

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