New Zealand Woman's Weekly

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New Zealand Woman's Weekly
New Zealand Woman's Weekly cover.jpg
Editor Alice O'Connell
Categories Women's magazines
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 82,040 (2011)
  • Otto Williams
  • Audrey Argall
First issue December 8, 1932; 86 years ago (1932-12-08)
Company Bauer Media Group
Country New Zealand
Language New Zealand English

The New Zealand Woman's Weekly is a weekly New Zealand women's magazine published by Bauer Media. As of 2011, it has a circulation of 82,040, third by paid sales after TV Guide and New Zealand Woman's Day.[1]


On 8 December 1932, journalists Otto Williams and Audrey Argall launched the magazine,[2] with 7,000 copies on newsprint.[3] Williams took the role of managing director, and Argall was the first editor.[4] Due to financial difficulties, they were forced to sell the magazine after three months. Ellen Melville ran the magazine for a few weeks, before the magazine's printer, F. S. Proctor, and his wife, took over. Early in 1933, solicitor Vernon Dyson bought it, and his wife Hedda became the second editor.[5] At the end of the year it was sold again to Brett Print and Publishing Co., later New Zealand Newspapers, which also published the Auckland Star.[4] Hedda Dyson was retained as editor.

In the early 1980s, New Zealand Woman's Weekly's circulation peaked at around 250,000,[6] before the Australian magazines Woman's Day and New Idea entered the New Zealand market.[4]

In 2007, the magazine celebrated its 75th anniversary with guest Prime Minister Helen Clark.[7]


  • Audrey Argall, 1932-1933
  • Hedda Dyson, 1933-1948[5]
  • Ola Rudman, 1948-1952[8]
  • Jean Wishart, 1952-1984[8]
  • Michal Louise McKay, 1984-1987[8]
  • Jenny Lynch, 1987 to 1994[9]
  • Sarah Kate Lynch, 1994-1996[8]
  • Wendyl Nissen, 1996-1997[8]
  • Rowan Dixon, 1997-2003[10]
  • Nicky Pellegrino, 2003[11]
  • Sido Kitchin, 2006-2010[12]
  • Nicky Pellegrino (acting), 2010
  • Sarah Stuart, 2010-2013[13]
  • Louise Wright 2013-2014
  • Fiona Fraser 2014-2016[13]
  • Alice O'Connell 2016-present

See also


  1. ^ "Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Woman's Weekly, 1932". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Woman's Weekly turns 75". Scoop / Press Release: Pead PR. 10 August 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Kitchin, Sido (12 August 2007). "Living history". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b McCallum, Janet. "Dyson, Elizabeth Geertruida Agatha 1897–1951". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Kiwi icon turns 75". One News. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  7. ^ McKenzie-Minifie, Martha (11 August 2007). "Milestone for women's mag". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e "New Zealand National Bibliography" (PDF). National Library of New Zealand. November 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  9. ^ Phare, Jane (7 June 2009). "Our women's weaklies are doing it hard". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Woman's Weekly editor appointed". The New Zealand Herald. 10 September 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  11. ^ "New editor for 'NZ Woman's Weekly'". The New Zealand Herald. 7 January 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  12. ^ Drinnan, John (4 January 2011). "A to Z of a challenging year in the media". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Sarah Stuart named 'NZ Woman's Weekly' editor". Otago Daily Times. NZPA. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2011.

Further reading

External links

  • New Zealand Woman's Weekly website
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