Through the past lightly . . .

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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