The Dominion Post (Wellington)

The Dominion Post is a metropolitan daily newspaper published in Wellington, New Zealand. It is owned by media business Stuff Ltd, formerly the New Zealand branch of Australian media company Fairfax Media. Weekday issues are now in tabloid format, and its Saturday edition is in broadsheet format.

The Dominion Post
Dominion Post (Wellington) front page.jpg
The 2 March 2012 front page of The Dominion Post
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatTabloid (Mon–Fri)
Broadsheet (Saturday)
Owner(s)Stuff Ltd
HeadquartersWellington, New Zealand
Circulation36,652 (2019)[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

Since 2020 the editor has been Anna Fifield.


The Dominion Post was created in July 2002 when Independent Newspapers Limited (INL) amalgamated two Wellington printed and published metropolitan broadsheet newspapers, The Evening Post, an evening paper first published on 8 February 1865, and The Dominion, a morning paper first published on Dominion Day, 26 September 1907.

The Dominion was distributed throughout the lower half of the North Island, as far as Taupo, where it met with Auckland's ambitiously named The New Zealand Herald. The Evening Post was not so widely distributed, but had a much greater circulation than The Dominion.

INL sold The Dominion Post and all other New Zealand newspapers and most magazines in its catalogue to Fairfax Media in 2003.

The Dominion Post is the only pay-and-read local newspaper in Wellington City. It is printed in Petone, Lower Hutt.[citation needed]


Richard Long had been the editor of The Dominion for ten years and was appointed the inaugural editor for The Dominion Post, but resigned shortly after the newspaper merger.[2] Tim Pankhurst joined The Dominion Post shortly after it was founded to take over from Long. He resigned in February 2009 to head the New Zealand Press Association.[3] Bernadette Courtney, who had previously been assistant editor at The Dominion Post and had gone to become editor of the Manawatu Standard, was appointed to replace Pankhurst.[4] Courtney started in a national role for Stuff in 2018[5] and was replaced by Eric Janssen.[6]

Anna Fifield will take over as editor in October 2020 after Janssen's departure.[7][8]

The following table lists the editors of The Dominion Post:

Name Portrait Term of office
Richard Long   2002
Tim Pankhurst 2002 2009
Bernadette Courtney 2009 2018
Eric Janssen 2018 2020
Anna Fifield 2020

Awards and nominations receivedEdit

Year Award Category Result
2017 Voyager Media Awards[9] Best Newspaper-inserted Magazine Winner
Best coverage of a major news event Joint winner
2009 Qantas Media Awards[10] Best Website Breaking News Story Joint winner
Editorial Project with Significant Impact upon the Community Winner
Best Website Design Finalist
Best Daily Newspaper (Over 30,000 circulation) Finalist
Best Website Multi Media/Video Presentation Finalist

Awards and nominations for journalists employed by The Dominion PostEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2018 Voyager Media Awards[11] Opinion Writing – Humour/Satire Dave Armstrong Winner
Cartoonist of the Year Sharon Murdoch Winner
2017 Voyager Media Awards[9] Feature Writer of the Year Nikki Macdonald Winner
Cartoonist of the Year Sharon Murdoch Winner
Opinion Writer of the Year Duncan Garner Winner
2009 Qantas Media Awards[10] Best Blog Greer McDonald Finalist
Adam Brown Finalist
Best Single Website Report Phil Kitchin and Diego Opatowski Winner
Best Senior Reporter Phil Kitchin Winner
Bernadette Courtney Finalist
Best Junior Reporter Matt Calman Finalist
Cartoonist of the Year Tom Scott Winner


  1. ^ Te, Saing (2021), Media Ownership in New Zealand from 2011 to 2020 (PDF), Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, retrieved 23 July 2022
  2. ^ "Dominion Post editor resigns". The New Zealand Herald. 30 July 2002. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Dominion Post editor Pankhurst steps down to head NPA". Sharechat. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  4. ^ "New editor for Dominion Post". The Dominion Post. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  5. ^ Harris, Georgina (4 May 2018). "A chance to reimagine the paper: Stuff's Bernadette Courtney on the change to compact and her new role". StopPress. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Eric Janssen named new editor for The Dominion Post and Stuff in Wellington". The Dominion Post. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Anna Fifield trades the Washington Post for the Dominion Post". Stuff. 31 July 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Eric Janssen: Tory Trougher or Good Bloke?". Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  9. ^ a b "2017 Winners". Voyager Media Awards. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  10. ^ a b " picks up three Qantas awards". Stuff. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  11. ^ "2018 winners". Voyager Media Awards. Retrieved 2 March 2020.

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