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About the New Zealand Community Newspapers Association

The New Zealand Community Newspapers Association Inc traces its foundation back to 1959 when a group of small weekly country papers decided an organisation 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:

  • Shared Advertising Editorial

Executive Committee
David Mackenzie (President)
Aaron Buist
Mark Julius
Andrew Board
Claire Rogers

Ruth Cobb (Executive Officer)

Postal Address
C/- PrintNZ
PO Box 58280
Auckland 2163
Phone - Office 09 265 2090

Phone - David Mackenzie 021 684 304

The 2020 Annual Conference and AGM was not held due to Covid-19 but plan to hold it in 2021 in the North Island.

Industry Bodies
The NZCNA supports to the following industry bodies:

  • Advertising Standards Authority
  • Audit Bureau of Circulations
  • Journalists Training Organisation
  • NZ Media Council

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

  • Category 1A - Best News Journalist - Junior
  • Category 1B - Best News Journalist - Senior
  • Category 2A - Best Sports Journalist - Junior
  • Category 2B - Best Sports Journalist - Senior
  • Category 3A - Best Photographer - Junior
  • Category 3B - Best Photographer - Senior
  • Category 4A - Best Sales Professional - Junior
  • Category 4B - Best Sales Professional - Senior
  • Category 5 - Frank Veale Award - Best Community Newspaper
  • Category 6 - Best Idea/Innovation
  • Category 7 - Best Feature/Supplement
  • Category 8 - Best Campaign
  • Category 9 - Best Community Involvement
  • Category 10 - Best Magazine
  • Category 11 - Best Digital Website/Platform
  • Category 12A - Best Front Page Newspaper
  • Category 12B - Best Front Page Magazine

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

Members are strongly urged to undergo an annual circulation audit

  • The applicant newspaper must not be a trade publication
  • The applicant newspaper must be published at least twice monthly and no more than four times weekly
  • The applicant newspaper should have a reasonable amount of editorial content, with the majority focusing on the community it serves
  • Community newspapers which are obvious supplements of daily newspapers are not eligible even if delivered free into all households
  • Copies of all CNA member publications will be examined annually to ensure they continue to abide by the spirit of these guidelines
  • Six consecutive issues as nominated by the Association must be supplied by the applicant newspaper for consideration by the executive committee of the NZCNA. Admission of each new applicant is by majority vote
  • Associate Membership is available for other publications that may not meet the above criteria or wish to have an association with NZCNA