The total for 2019 was 81,612, up from 52,880 in 2018. Most of the increase came as a result of national level articles — the government’s instantaneous decision to make illegal the approximately 170,000 semi-automatic rifles in the country on 15 March, and its treatment of those who disagree with its policies being the major ones.
The most viewed Waikanae story was Margaret Stevenson-Wright’s concerns about a new safety hazard in Mahara Place in September.
In 2019 views from Australia overtook those from the USA. Total foreign views increased from 12% to 15% of the total.