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The New Zealand Press Association 1880–2006: The Rise And Fall Of A Co‐Operative Model For News Gathering


  • Grant Hannis


The establishment of New Zealand's press agency, the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA), as a co‐operative news gathering agency in 1880 has traditionally been regarded as reflecting a pioneering spirit of newspaper unity or as being largely determined by the political situation of the time. But these explanations are insufficient. Applying economic and organisational theories of co‐operatives to the history of NZPA, this paper reveals it was market conditions that led to the creation of NZPA as a co‐operative news gathering service. Following profound changes in those market conditions, NZPA recently abandoned this co‐operative news gathering model.

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  • Grant Hannis, 2008. "The New Zealand Press Association 1880–2006: The Rise And Fall Of A Co‐Operative Model For News Gathering," Australian Economic History Review, Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 48(1), pages 47-67, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ozechr:v:48:y:2008:i:1:p:47-67
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2007.00225.x

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