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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 1. 1967.

NZ National Party paper discontinued

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NZ National Party paper discontinued

The New Zealand National Parly's monthly, the National Observer, is to eease publication.

The Observer staff were told they had a month's notice just before Harry Lake's funeral. The March issue will be the last.

Last Monday the General Director of the National Party. Mr. Ralph Wilson, refused to comment on the decision.

He said "an announcement will be made in a few days. I have no comment to make "

Started late 1964 as a replacement to Freedom the Observer was sent to all party members who paid a ten shilling or more subscription.

It was thought by operating on a large scale (55.000 circulation) the total cost to the party would be kept at a minimum.

However, from Che beginning, the Observer has had problems. For the major period the paper was printed in Auckland by Wilson and Horton.

The distance alone between printer and publisher was a major hurdle.

Ian Main, the first editor, used to travel to Auckland each month to "bed it down."

Late last year News Media Ownership were given the contract for printing.

Mr. Main as Editor was also Public Relations Officer and the burden became such he was forced to resign in 1965 after spending twenty years working for the party.