Community papers join queue for essential service status

Community papers join queue for essential service status
Gavin Evans
Community newspaper publishers are optimistic they may be reclassified as essential services for the duration of the national lockdown.The government last week restricted newspaper publication to the major daily groups – despite some communities – such as Wairoa, Kaikoura and Whakatane – not having a local daily newspaper. The ban effectively shut free newspapers around the country and also halted publication of many of the country’s major magazines.David Mackenzie, president of the New Zealand Community Newspapers Association, said the group h...

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