NZ News UK internet casualty

November 12, 2009

When I first arrived in London in 1982 friends introduced me to NZ News UK.

It was a give away paper in which you looked for work, flats, British  and international news of interest to ex-pat Kiwis and news from home.

One issue had a story about the conditions at the Smithfield meat market which became front page news back in New Zealand.

Chris Reeve, a former national president of Young Farmers, was appalled by the casual attitude to hygiene at London’s market after the expensive and extensive hoops meat companies in New Zealand had to jump through to meet standards for export.

The paper has been an important part of the OE experience for New Zealanders in London for years but publishing was suspended in July.

It’s not surprising because anything the paper did, the internet now does better.

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