Queenstown’s top paper has change of ownership


Queenstown’s Mountain Scene newspaper, owned by the Thomas family, has been bought by Allied Press.

Publisher Richard Thomas will step aside on February 1, taking up a governance role as director of Mountain Scene. Allied Press, publisher of the Otago Daily Times, will assume ownership and management control.

“We’re pleased to keep our family’s 40-year association with the business alive,” Thomas says.

“This agreement sees Queenstown’s strongest media brand join New Zealand’s largest independent media entity.”
Allied Press has printed Mountain Scene for over a year now and has significant resources to assist driving efficiencies into the business.

“It’s a logical progression. Some consolidation of printed and online media content in the Queenstown region can occur leading to great quality products at sustainable cost levels,” Thomas says.

“Brothers Sir Julian and Nick Smith – owners of Allied Press – are adamant they wish to retain Mountain Scene’s hard-news edge and quirky style,” he adds.

Allied Press has a deep commitment to print media throughout the South Island.

Their flagship Otago Daily Times is New Zealand’s oldest daily newspaper, having first rolled off the presses in 1861.

Allied Press also boasts a stable of 10 well-established community newspapers and other media assets.

“I’m 100 per cent confident Mountain Scene’s future is in safe hands,” Thomas says.