The New Zealand Listener is a New Zealand magazine which covers a variety of general topics, including current affairs, politics and entertainment.


First published in June 1939[2] and edited by Oliver Duff[3] and M. H. Holcroft, it originally had a monopoly on the publication of upcoming television and radio programmes.[4] In the 1980s it lost its monopoly on the publication of upcoming television and radio programmes. Despite the increase in competition since that time, it is still one of the top selling magazines in the country. It was privatised in 1990 and is now published by Bauer Media Group. Its circulation figure as of 2010 is around 63,000.[1] Pamela Stirling has been the editor since 2004.[5]

Since 2004, the Listener has produced an annual New Zealand Listener Power List of the 50 most powerful people in New Zealand.

Notable people to have been published in the Listener include: James K. Baxter, Janet Frame and Maurice Shadbolt.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "About the Listener". New Zealand Listener. Bauer Media Group. 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "The "New Zealand Listener." New Radio Magazine". The New Zealand Railways Magazine. 14 (4). 1 July 1939. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Duff, Oliver – Biography". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Today in History First issue of NZ Listener published". NZ History. 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  5. ^ John Drinnan (18 April 2008). "Listener at centre of climate storm". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 

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