The New Zealand Herald

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The New Zealand Herald is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in Auckland, New Zealand, owned by APN News & Media. It has the largest newspaper circulation in New Zealand, peaking 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 newspaper The Southern Cross, 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.

The Herald is traditionally a staid centre-right newspaper, and was given the nickname "Granny Herald" into the 1990s. This changed with the acquisition of the paper by Independent...
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