Another 70 Fairfax jobs axed in NZ

Another 70 editorial jobs are to go at Fairfax Media in New Zealand as the company outsources some of its production.

Fairfax is moving subediting work for its Australian mastheads to Pagemasters.

"Today we briefed the approximately 70 full-time equivalent staff in New Zealand that would be affected by a proposal to move editorial production work they perform for Australian metro mastheads to a third-party provider, Pagemasters, which would operate from both New Zealand and Australia," a Fairfax Media spokesperson said. 

Newspapers rolling of a printing press

The proposed new arrangements would provide Fairfax additional flexibility and savings, the spokesperson said. 

"Consultation with staff is ongoing," he added.

Fairfax publishes The Dominion Post, The Press, The Sunday Star-Times, TV Guide and a number of provincial newspapers, and is also behind the website.

In Australia, the Fairfax portfolio includes The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review.

Some of the production work for the Australian mastheads has been carried out in New Zealand for several years.

This is the second round of redundancies at Fairfax in New Zealand within the past year.

The company disestablished more than 180 editorial jobs and created 160 new ones in a digital strategy launched last May which it said was driven by technological change and the move to more online news.