Colourful move for Hawkes Bay Today

New Zealand paper Hawkes Bay Today not only has a new printing site but also a new colourful outlook on life.

Beacon Print, which took over the contract to print HBT as well as the Wairarapa Times Age and the Wanganui Chronicle from APN, has a new site in Hastings where the papers can be printed in one single run in full colour.

Hawke’s Bay Today editor Andrew Austin said the new press opened up a world of opportunities.

“In the past two years we have moved to become a morning paper and have changed to compact format,” he said.

“This is a continuation of that process.”

The consolidation comes off the back of the closure of APN’s Wanganui print site, which will see the loss of 21 jobs at the site.

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union print and media industry organiser Paul Tolich said the announcement was a “sad day for Wanganui”.

“It’s always sad to see jobs being lost, especially when there isn’t a lot of work out there, especially in the regions,” he said.

However, he said the union understood the motivation behind the company’s consolidation.

“We appreciate APN’s reasons for closing the plant,” he said. “It’s a sign of the times.”

The Wanganui print site will close its doors on December 20, and all affected staff will receive a redundancy payment as part of a collective agreement.

While Beacon Media is responsible for the printing of the publications, the newspapers are still owned and operated by APN.

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