|Owner||APN News & Media|
|Headquarters||Auckland, New Zealand|
The New Zealand Herald is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in Auckland, New Zealand. It is owned by APN News & Media. Circulation peaked at over 200,000 copies in 2006, declining to 187,129 by June 2008. Despite the name, its main circulation area is the Auckland region. It is also delivered to much of the north of the North Island including Northland, Waikato and King Country.
The Herald was founded by William Chisholm Wilson and published its first issue on 13 November 1863. In 1876 it was merged with the The Southern Cross newspaper, owned by Alfred Horton, which was first published in 1843.
The Wilson and Horton families were both represented in the company until 1996 when Tony O'Reilly's Independent News & Media Group of Dublin purchased the Horton family's interest in the company. The Herald is now owned by APN (Australian Provincial Newspapers), which is majority-owned by Independent News & Media.
Gordon Minhinnick was a staff cartoonist from the 1930s until his retirement in the 1980s. Laurence Clark was the daily political cartoonist from 1987 to 1996, and continued to publish cartoons weekly in the Herald until 2000.
A compact-sized Sunday edition, the Herald on Sunday, was first published on 3 October 2004 under the editorship of Suzanne Chetwin. Now edited by Shayne Currie, it is New Zealand's third-highest-circulating paper.
The Herald was traditionally seen as a staid centre-right newspaper, and given the nickname "Granny Herald" into the 1990s. This changed with the acquisition of the paper by Independent News & Media in 1996, and today the Herald is generally editorially centre-left on international geopolitics, diplomacy, and military matters, often printing material from British newspapers such as The Independent and The Observer, while remaining free enterprise oriented on economic matters such as trade and foreign investment. Some ascribe the Herald's stance on the Middle East as supportive of Israel, seen most clearly in its 2003 censorship and dismissal of cartoonist Malcolm Evans following his submission of cartoons critical of Israel. On the other hand, Robert Fisk and Gwynne Dyer, commentators critical of Israel, are also regular commentators in the paper.
On domestic matters it is centre-right, usually supporting socially conservative values and self-reliance over social welfare, government fiscal restraint, and reducing the government's role in the New Zealand economy. In 2008 it strongly disapproved of some of the legislation passed by the Labour-led government, notably the Electoral Finance Act.
In March 2007 APN NZ announced it was considering a plan to outsource the bulk of the Herald's copy editing to an Australian-owned company, Pagemasters. APN confirmed the outsourcing decision to affected staff on 19 April 2007.
The site was named best news website at the 2007 and 2008 Qantas Media Awards, won the "best re-designed website" category at the 2007 New Zealand NetGuide Awards, and was one of seven newspaper sites named an Official Honoree in the 2007 Webby Awards. Of the more than 8,000 entries submitted for the Webby Awards, fewer than 15% were distinguished as an Official Honoree.