Good Times are back again-new paper in letterboxes today

Here we are back in print today.

You may have noticed that the paper today looks a little different and it is, but only slightly.

During the lockdown period, our talented team continued to publish online and produced twice a week a digital flipbook keeping everyone informed on the local news, Covid-19 updates and services available.

We have had an enormous response to our Times website, flipbook and Facebook pages which is wonderful but the demand for our printed issue is what our readers want. Many have told us.

Now to our difference. We have decided to merge our two papers (Howick & Pakuranga Times and Botany & Ormiston Times) into one still covering the same area but under one masthead – the Times.

We have the same talented team working on your Times to make it bigger and better for both readers and clients.

We are the only locally-owned news publication in this area. Our offices are based in Howick and I have been supporting this community for nearly 50 years through highs and lows. I am very passionate about all things east of the Tamaki Estuary, readers and clients and thank everyone of you for your loyal support, past and future.

Like most of our clients, we also are a small to medium business and we feel – like you – the stress of this lockdown (see Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown’s column on this subject in today’s issue).

Going forward, we are supporting, as much as we can, locally-owned business and also New Zealand-made products. To that end we are printing our newspaper on newsprint made in Kawerau, printed by a New Zealand-owned printer and delivered to letterboxes by more than 250 local adults and children.

We are pushing the ‘shop local’ message on every level and ask everyone to do the same

Thank you to all the advertisers in today’s issue and we really appreciate your support; and to all our readers who have phoned, anxious to know when we were going to be printing again.

Without your continued support this community has no voice.

Reay Neben

Managing director, Times Media