22 November, 2018

New Zealand Herald Grows Readership

The New Zealand Herald has seen a fantastic 8% increase year on year in readership to 453,000 readers, with 806,000 readers across a week, according to the latest Nielsen survey released today.


The Herald has maintained an engaged daily brand audience across digital and print of more than one million people, increasing 5% year on year to 1,050,000. The weekly NZ Herald brand audience has grown 7% year on year to reach 1,669,000 people. Couple this with reaching 828,690 users on average each day on its main Facebook page during July to September with a 30.91% reach engagement rate,* and the Herald’s voice is really being heard.


For every day of the week (Monday to Saturday) readership has increased vs the same period a year ago. With the exception of Thursday, all other days are up vs the previous period (Monday to Saturday).

The Herald on Sunday remains the best-read and top-selling^ Sunday newspaper in the country with 328,000 readers.

The Herald on Sunday retains its position for the sixth period in a row, higher in readership than both Sunday News and Sunday Star Times combined. The Weekend Herald is still above half a million readers, gaining another 4,000 this period for a total of 509,000; an increase of 32,000 from a year ago. Weekend newspaper readers are also highly engaged, with people spending an average of 49 minutes with the Weekend Herald on Saturday and 43 minutes with the Herald on Sunday. 


Canvas, Timeout, The Business, Viva and Weekend, the Herald’s key magazines, have all increased their readership or remained steady on the previous period, and seen significant audience growth year on year.  Since the last release Canvas has grown its readers by 9,000 to 297,000, and Weekend is now at 294,000, up 8,000 readers.


NZME Regional daily newspapers reach 140,000 people on a given day, and 247,000 readers across a week. The Rotorua Daily post in particular has increased its readership by 2,000 to reach 15,000 on a typical day.


NZ Herald Editor Murray Kirkness says the Herald is a trusted source of news.


“Engagement with the NZ Herald is strong, with readers continuing to engage with the brand after they have read their daily paper; they keep up to date on news, opinions and current affairs on the website, app and social platforms. In an era where there is a lot of misinformation, we are proud to bring clarity to what is happening in New Zealand and the world. Our readers trust us and we always endeavour to earn that trust.”


NZME Chief Commercial Officer Matt Headland says the engagement across the NZ Herald, magazines, regional titles and nzherald.co.nz give advertisers both reach and options to best deliver their message to various audiences.

“The different publication arms of NZME allow us to create integrated and engaging multi-platform campaigns, that can reach the masses or a regional town. When we combine our publications with NZME’s radio and digital offering, it means we can deliver engagement beyond that of our competitors in a uniquely cohesive, strategic and successful way. Both our agency and direct commercial teams are skilled across multiple platforms to ensure advertisers are getting expert advice and strategies delivered to them.”


Nielsen CMI Q4 2017 – Q3 2018. Base: 15+.

Previous release – Nielsen CMI Q3 2017 – Q2 2018. Base: 15+.

Last year – Nielsen CMI Q4 2016 – Q3 2017. Base: 15+.

^ABC Circulation Audit to 30 Sept 2018.

*Facebook Business Manager July-Sept 2018. Engagement rate is calculated by the number of people who engaged with our Facebook page, divided by the number of people who saw any content associated with our Page.





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About NZME

NZME is a leading New Zealand media and entertainment business that reaches more than 3.2 million kiwis[1]. Whether reading, listening or watching, our audience gets the content they want - where and when they want it. NZME offers advertisers a unique opportunity to access its growing audience via a fully integrated multi-platform presence. NZME is listed on the NZX Main Board (code NZM) with a foreign exempt listing on the ASX (code NZM). www.nzme.co.nz

[1]Nielsen CMI Fused Q3 17 – Q2 18 August Fused 2018 AP10+. Based on unduplicated weekly reach of NZME newspapers, radio stations, and monthly domestic unique audience of NZME’s digital channels.