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The Bay of Plenty Times is an intrinsic part of the Bay of Plenty experience. The region's most successful daily newspaper, it covers all aspects of news from local, national and international events to a full round-up of sporting results and a wide range of reader interests.
The first issue of the Bay of Plenty Times was printed on Wednesday, September 4, 1872 and was a four-page tabloid newspaper published twice a week.
The paper had fluctuating fortunes for several years but since 1950, the most dramatic changes have seen new technology speed up the paper's production and improve the quality.
The paper was printed on a series of flat-bed presses until 1955 when the first rotary press was installed. The offset press and first computer were introduced in 1976.
Today, all news and advertising copy are set on computers, and the newspaper is printed by the APN Print division of APN New Zealand Limited on a Goss Community offset press.
The Bay of Plenty Times employs approximately 150 staff including casual and part-time, which makes us one of the largest employers in Tauranga.
There are branch offices situated at Katikati, Te Puke, Waihi and Whangamata.
Bay of Plenty Publishing publishes approximately 200,000 editions every week, including the Bay of Plenty Times (daily), Bay of Plenty Times Weekend, Bay News (weekly), Katikati Advertiser (weekly), Coastal News (Weekly), Waihi Leader (Weekly), Te Puke Times (weekly) as well as the entertainment magazine Vibe (Thursdays) and lifestyle magazine indulge (Saturday).
We publish almost 250 broadsheet pages and print over 5000 advertisements every week covering all publications.
In a typical week over 90% of all people in the Western Bay of Plenty will read at least one of our publications.
readership average daily: 45,000**
readership average weekly: 70,000**
published: Mon - Sat
distribution: Bay of Plenty and surrounds
format: broadsheet 55cm x 10 (37.2cm) col
*source: NZ Audit Bureau of Circulations - Jun 2009
**Source: Nielsen 'National Readership Jul 08-Jun 09, All People 15+ in the Bay of Plenty Times circulation area.