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The New Zealand Community Newspapers Association Inc traces its foundation back to 1959 when a group of small weekly country papers decided an organization was required to foster, promote and safeguard the interests of community newspapers in New Zealand and to improve and regulate conditions and standards in the industry.

The Association is covered by a set of registered rules.

NZCNA provides members with the following services:

  • Regular memos and bulletins on industry and advertising matters
  • Regular Advertising Ideas Exchange newsletter
  • Regular members newsletter "Clippings"
  • Supplier Support Group
  • Shared Editorial/Advertising Feature material on the NZCNA Website for members only
  • Group Buy Advertising

Members may also participate in the group Defamation Scheme (at an additional charge).


Annual Membership: $550.00
Advertising Standards Authority: $160.00
Press Council Contribution: $46.00

(Above fees are exclusive of GST)

NZJTO Fee: $79.87 plus GST per journalist
(optional – this is invoiced separately)

The Annual Conference and AGM is usually held in March/April. This conference is suitable for all staff members to attend. Speakers and workshops are held covering areas of interest to community newspapers.

Better Newspapers Competition:
An annual Better Independent Newspapers Competition is held among members. Awards are keenly contested in the following categories:

  • Best All Round Newspaper
  • Best Front Page
  • Community Involvement
  • Best Individual Advertising Portfolio
  • Best Advertising Feature or Supplement
  • Best Reporter
  • Best Photographer
  • Sports Journalist (Senior and Junior)
  • Community Involvement
  • Young Reporter
  • Young Photographer
  • Best Headline
  • Best Website

The guidelines to membership of the New Zealand Community Newspapers Association Inc were adopted by an Executive Committee meeting on March 29, 1995

  1. Members are strongly urged to undergo an annual circulation audit.
  2. Alternative publications, i.e., business, farming, motoring may become full members (refer rules).
  3. The applicant newspaper must be published at least twice monthly and no more than four times weekly.
  4. The newspaper should have a reasonable amount of editorial content, with the majority focusing on the community it serves.
  5. Community newspapers which are obvious supplements of daily newspapers are not eligible even if delivered free into all households.
  6. Copies of all NZCNA member publications will be examined annually to ensure they abide by the spirit of these guidelines.
  7. Six consecutive issues as nominated by the Association must be supplied by the applicant newspaper of consideration by the executive committee of the NZCNA. Admission of each new applicant is by majority vote.