Through the past lightly . . .
The Tribune was founded in 1964 as the monthly Terrace End Tribune by Des Wilson and Alan Anderson, proprietors of the Palmerston North Rubber Stamp Company. Their venture was prompted by the overnight closure of Palmerston North’s morning paper, The Manawatu Daily Times in 1963.
The paper’s first editor was Les Bennett, formerly of the Times.
In its first 12 months The Terrace End Tribune grew to a freecirculation figure of 12,200 copies. It was renamed The Tribune for the first issue of 1965 when it became a weekly Sunday broadsheet. Among The Tribune’s early shareholders were solicitor Brian Elwood (now Sir Brian), Keith Garner (of Garners) and accountant Don Jones (now convenor of the Palmerston North Lunch Club).
Alan, now 75 and living in Auckland, says the paper first operated out of premises on Main St just down from NAC (now Air NZ) which was on the Princess St corner opposite the Empire Hotel.
Colour appeared in 1968 and for the July 20, 1969 moon landing The Tribune published full colour photos on its front page. In 1978, the paper was sold to the Manawatu Evening Standard and continued as perhaps the country’s only Sunday morning community read until April 21, 2010, when it moved to Wednesdays.
Young Grant Townend made the front page of The Tribune in August 1982. This is how the 34-year-old carpet purchasing manager looks today.