The New Zealand Press Association – source for much of our country’s non Next Top Model related news – closed yesterday after 131 years. TVNZ carries their final story:
Wellington, Aug 31 NZPA – This is the final message from the New Zealand Press Association.
Since 1880 there have been hundreds of thousands of stories and hundreds of millions of words recording our country’s development and daily doings.
We now sign off.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege.
Alastair Bull, Allister Kilpatrick, Alice Courtney, Amber Fallow, Amelia Romanos, Chris Barclay, Cathy Walshe, Dave Williams, David Jones, Greg Tourelle, Hana Garrett-Walker, Hana Pau’u, Ian Stuart, John Zhuang, Jule Scherer, Kent Atkinson, Kevin Kane, Kevin Norquay, Laura Elliott, Maggie Tait, Martin Davidson, Matt Backhouse, Matt Theunissen, Max Lambert, Michael Daly, Mike Griffin, Pam Graham, Peter Martinez, Peter Wilson, Rachel Pinder, Rachel Wattie, Rebecca Quilliam, Reg Ponniah, Richard Patete, Robert Lowe, Roshan Wevita, Ross Setford, Sarah McDougall, Sean Martin, Sharon Lundy, Stephanie McKay, Tamar McKewen, Tim Pankhurst, Vaughan Elder, Wayne Drought.
My wife Maggie worked there so it’s sad for us to see the organisation close down. But it’s sadder in a wider sense. They say journalism is the first draft of history and NZPA produced news in that mold: they wrote about significant things that actually happened, not journalism in the increasingly popular commercial sense where stories are based on whatever is trending on twitter or google analytics, or a wild rumour a reporter heard from an anonymous source.
Almost every developed country has a national news service – it’s a pretty core part of the national identity, and nowadays most of them are commercial operations. NZPA didn’t get to go down that road because they were owned by the Australian media duopoly of Fairfax and APN and it wasn’t to either of their benefit for New Zealand to have its own independent news agency.