NZME Appoint New Editor for The New Zealand Herald

One of New Zealand’s most respected journalists and newsroom leaders, Otago Daily Times editor Murray Kirkness, is the new weekday editor of The New Zealand Herald.

Herald Managing Editor Shayne Currie says Kirkness would take the reins of the weekday editions of the Herald and help drive the Herald’s digital journalism from August. His appointment follows the recent promotion of Herald on Sunday editor Miriyana Alexander to Weekend Herald editor.

Didn’t take him long….

“Murray is completely audience focused and is a champion of great journalism and fine story-telling. Murray and Miriyana are two very strong leaders who, in addition to Marcus Forbes leading digital, will drive quality content.”

Kirkness says he was thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the Herald team.

“I’m looking forward to building the Herald’s readership, and working with some of the best journalists in New Zealand.”

Kirkness has been editor of the ODT for the past eight years and has been with its parent company, Allied Press, for the past 15 years. His background includes stints at the Newcastle Herald in Australia, as day editor, and at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph in Sydney as a sub editor.

Tim Murphy Editor-in-Chief, NZ Herald to step down


Tim Murphy, Editor-in-Chief of the NZ Herald has decided to step down after a stellar 30 year career with the company. Murphy has been Editor-in-Chief of New Zealand’s premier newspaper for the past three years and Editor for 10 years before that.

Jane Hastings, CEO of NZME said: “Tim has guided the NZ Herald through some of the most dynamic years in the paper’s history including changing format from broadsheet to compact in 2012.”

“Tim’s knowledge of journalism and the critical role that news creators play in shaping the communities in which we live has been outstanding.” Hastings said. “He will step down with our very best wishes and leave the company on June 30.”

When appointed in 2001 aged 37, Murphy was the youngest person to edit the Herald. He was the 18th editor in its 151 years of publication and in his combined roles will have had the third longest tenure as editorial leader.

Murphy says “I’ve had a long and thoroughly rewarding time leading our journalism – with a tremendous group of journalists and friends – in an era of real industry upheaval. We have bold plans to keep the Herald at the forefront of news, sport and entertainment and I believe now is the right time for another voice to lead editorial in all the good things that NZME is planning.”

Current NZ Herald Editor, Shayne Currie, will be taking on an expanded editorial role across all Herald brands. “I am really excited about our plans for the newsroom of the future. Tim has been a terrific mentor and has set the foundation from which we will build.”