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The Manawatū Standard (formerly the Evening Standard[1]) is the daily paper for the Manawatu region based in Palmerston North with satellites in Feilding and Marton. The Manawatū Standard has been recognised as one of the best in New Zealand being a finalist in the 2008 Qantas Media Award (renamed to Voyager Media Awards after Voyager Internet Ltd stepped in as naming sponsor for the 2018 awards) for best regional daily newspaper;[2] it won the same category in 2007[3]. Won Best Headline and Student Journalist of the Year at the Qantas Media Awards 2017.[4]

Manawatū Standard
TypeDaily (except Sunday) newspaper
FormatTabloid(Monday-Friday) Broadsheet (Saturday)
Owner(s)Stuff Limited
EditorMatthew Dallas
HeadquartersPalmerston North, New Zealand



The office of the Manawatu Standard in Palmerston North

The company was first established on 29 November 1880. Since then, the paper has been operated by two other companies: it was purchased by Independent Newspapers Limited (INL) in the 1970s, and acquired by Fairfax Media (then John Fairfax Holdings) on 1 July 2003, when that company purchased INL. As of 01 February 2018, Fairfax Media was rebranded to Stuff Limited[5].

Other publicationsEdit

The Manawatu Standard also owns:

The TribuneEdit

Published weekly and distributed for free to all homes in Palmerston North, Ashhurst and Linton, as well as rural subscribers to the Manawatu Standard. On 21 February 2018, Stuff Limited announced that it would be closing or selling off 28 community papers[6]. On 24 April 2018 it was confirmed that The Tribune[7] would close with the last publication being 30 May 2018.

The Feilding Rangitikei HeraldEdit

Published twice weekly on Tuesday, in conjunction with the Rangitikei Mail, and on Thursdays as a standalone paper. Delivered to every home in the Manawatu District Council area. In April 2016, the Feilding Herald, Rangitikei Mail and Central District Times combined to become the Feilding Rangitikei Herald published weekly on a Thursday.[8] Finalist in the 2018 Voyager Media Awards for Community Paper of the Year[9], also being a finalist[10] and winning[11] the Canon Community Newspaper of the Year in 2017.

The Rangitikei MailEdit

In conjunction with the Feilding Herald, this paper is published on Tuesdays and delivered to all houses in the Rangitikei district. No longer an independent paper, it combined with the Feilding Herald in April 2016.[12]

The Central Districts FarmerEdit

Delivered on the first Friday of every month to all homes on rural delivery in the eight regions of the central and lower North Island.[13] On 15 May 2018, the Central Districts Farmer[14] closure was announced with the last publication being 11 June 2018.


  1. ^ "Newtext Newspapers". The Knowledge Basket. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Qantas Media Awards 2008 Results". Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Qantas Media Awards 2007 Results - Full List | Scoop News". Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  4. ^ "2017 Winners". Voyager Media Awards. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
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  6. ^ "Stuff to sell or close 28 community and rural newspapers". Stuff. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Five community newspapers to close". Stuff. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  8. ^ [1] Archived 21 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "2018 Finalists". Voyager Media Awards. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  10. ^ "2017 Finalists". Voyager Media Awards. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  11. ^ "2017 Winners". Voyager Media Awards. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  12. ^ [2] Archived 21 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ [3] Archived 3 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Stuff closes 15 community titles and sells another". Stuff. Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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