Guardian New Zealand

Guardian New Zealand is a local version of the international news website that is aimed at a New Zealand audience. It consists of a mixture of the site's own international content, together with local news provided by a small resident news bureau. It is reached by accessing The Guardian's own site in New Zealand. It has existed since the 4 November 2019,[1] and started as part of the news site's "New Zealand at 5 million" project.[2] Despite its local name, the site is sub edited outside country by the page’s sister sites Guardian Australia and The Guardian.

The Guardian New Zealand
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TypeOnline newspaper
PublisherGuardian Media Group
Founded4 November 2019; 22 months ago (2019-11-04)
Sister newspapersThe Guardian, Guardian US, Guardian Australia


In 2019, the website was one of the top ten news sites in New Zealand, and the forty-fifth most visited site in the country.[3] There was also growing interest in news from the country from outside New Zealand, which meant an increasing contact with resident journalists. From that, The Guardian recruited their previous freelance correspondent, Dunedin-based Eleanor Ainge-Roy and placed her under a full time contract, and kept in touch with The New York Times' New Zealand correspondent Charlotte Graham-McLay.[4]

Unlike The Guardian Australia, which started though a one-off grant from businessman Graeme Wood,[5] the bureau has no further external funding and so it is entirely dependent on readers and advertising revenue. As with other Guardian Media Group publications, Guardian New Zealand is ultimately owned by The Scott Trust, which aims to stay independent and free from "commercial pressures".[6] The online publication relies on digital advertising and voluntary reader donations or subscriptions for revenue, eschewing enforced paywalls implemented by other news websites like The New Zealand Herald online.


So far, response has been fairly well received from readers and other news sources. Some have hoped that it would diversify the local media landscape. [7][8]


  1. ^ "The Guardian and Aotearoa New Zealand – a message". The Guardian. 4 November 2019. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ "New Zealand at 5 million | World news | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Alexa – Top Sites in New Zealand – Alexa". Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  4. ^ Greive, Duncan (1 November 2019). "The Guardian launches New Zealand expansion". The Spinoff. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  5. ^ Sweney, Mark (26 May 2013). "Guardian Australia launches with promise of 'fresh and independent view'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  6. ^ "The Scott Trust: values and history". The Guardian. 26 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  7. ^ Greive, Duncan (1 November 2019). "The Guardian launches New Zealand expansion". The Spinoff. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  8. ^ "The Guardian launches New Zealand expansion". Newshub. Retrieved 6 November 2019.

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