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Write Letters to the Editor

Writing letters to the editor is effective. As well as raising awareness among readers, politicians and their staff generally monitor the letters pages of newspapers and magazines. Even if not published, your letter could be instrumental in drawing to the editor's attention that the issue is of public concern and should be reported on.

In fact, 'letters to the editor' pages are among the most well read parts of a paper or magazine and can be very influential.

Tips for writing letters to the editor (with thanks to First Union NZ)

  • Editors prefer concise letters that respond to an article, editorial, or other letter
  • Write and submit your letter as quickly as possible, preferably the same day that the article runs, so as to be published the next day or next issue
  • Submit letters by e-mail whenever possible
  • Your letter must stand on its own — not all readers will have seen the original story
  • Open your letter with a strong statement that comments on an article, editorial, or other letter that appeared in the newspaper or magazine
  • Be careful about accuracy and avoid personal attacks
  • Keep your letter as short as possible by focusing on one, or at most two, major points. Support your position with facts, statistics, citations or other evidence. Aim for no more than 200 words
  • Close with the thought you'd like readers to remember. Instead of focusing your attention at a reporter, editor, or expert who got it wrong, consider the central point you want people reading the letter to take away
  • Ask someone to review your letter to be sure your writing is clear and you are getting your point across
  • You must include your name, street address and phone number

For information about the specific issues check out our Campaigns and the 10 Point Plan. And if you need more info contact us.

Email addresses for New Zealand newspaper editors

Whangarei - Northern Advocate
Auckland - New Zealand Herald
Hamilton - Waikato Times
Tauranga - Bay of Plenty Times
Rotorua - Rotorua Daily Post
Gisborne - Gisborne Herald
Hawkes Bay - Hawkes Bay Today
Wanganui - Wanganui Chronicle
New Plymouth - Taranaki Daily News
Palmerston North - Manawatu Standard
Wairarapa - Wairarapa Times Age
Wellington - Dominion Post
Marlborough - Marlborough Express
Nelson - Nelson Mail
Westport - Westport News
Greymouth - Greymouth Evening Star
Christchurch - The Press
Ashburton - The Ashburton Guardian
Timaru - Timaru Herald
Oamaru - Oamaru Mail
Dunedin - Otago Daily Times
Invercargill - Southland Times

Email addresses for New Zealand magazine editors

Listener – go to
TV Guide -
Metro -
North and South -
Investigate -
NZ Woman's Weekly –
Mindfood -
NZ Life and Leisure –
Idealog -
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