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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
Desme Daniels
Mark Julius
Aaron Heath
Andrew Board
Claire Rogers
Matthew Farrell

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

Phone - David Mackenzie 021 684 304

The 2019 Annual Conference and AGM will be held in Wellington...details to follow.

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:

  • Best Junior News Journalist
  • Best Senior News Journalist
  • Junior Sports Journalist
  • Senior Sports Journalist
  • Best Headline (Best Six Headings)
  • Best Junior Feature/Lifestyle Journalist
  • Best Senior Feature/Lifestyle JournalistThe Frank Veale Memorial Award for the Most Improved Newspaper
  • Best Newspaper Photographer
  • Best Feature/Lifestyle Photographer
  • Best Front Page Newspaper
  • Best Front Page Lifestyle/Magazine
  • Best Website
  • Sales Person of the Year
  • Best Individual Advertising Portfolio
  • Best Advertising Feature or Supplement
  • Community Involvement
  • Best All Round Lifestyle Magazine
  • Best All-Round Newspaper
  • Self Promotion

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