Topic: Taranaki Newspapers Limited (TNL) Building (corner Currie Street and Powderham Street)

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TNL Building

In the early 1980s the print media was still a booming industry. New Plymouth boasted two daily newspapers, the Daily News (now the Taranaki Daily News) in the morning and the Taranaki Herald in the late afternoon. Both were published by Taranaki Newspapers Limited (TNL).

Prior to the formation of TNL in 1962 the Daily News had been run from Roebuck House on the western corner of Currie and Powderham Streets. TNL then purchased the Sargood Son and Ewen Ltd. building on the opposite corner. This was demolished and by early 1966 the Daily News had moved across the road into the new building. (below in 1984)

Daily News Building 1984 (Puke Ariki collection).

Meanwhile the Taranaki Herald staff had been working out of a building built in 1909 (linked) almost next-door to the new Daily News premises. In 1984 this, and a small building next door, were demolished. The staff moved across the road to Roebuck House while the left-hand side of building was erected.

In late 1985 staff were finally able to move into both the new section and the now re-furbished Daily News premises. The official opening took place on 30 January 1986. The new complex was designed by Thomson, Buchan & Chong and the contractors were Roebuck Construction Company Ltd. 

Just over 3 years later the Taranaki Herald closed, a casualty of declining sales NZ wide for afternoon newspapers. The Taranaki Daily News was to face similar problems in more recent times as the internet offered a new way for people to source news.

In April 2018 they moved out of the Currie Street building and into new premises in Gill Street.

A new office complex - Courtenay Business Park - designed by Jackson Architects has been developed on the site. The ground floor of the original building was planned to be re-developed into office space with internal car parks. Half the upper level was demolished and replaced with a new office space, a 'green belt' and more car parks.

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Taranaki Newspapers Limited (TNL) Building (corner Currie Street and Powderham Street)


City:New Plymouth