Not so long ago the delivery of newsprint was a sure thing for local newspaper publishers. Now they’re facing a price shock that could send some of them to the wall – with free community papers likely to be the first to go. 

“It got delivered to our door. It was as easy as it could be,” says Aaron Buist, chief executive of Beacon Media Group in Whakatāne. 

All that changed when Norske Skog’s paper mill in Kawerau closed last year, and publishers had to go offshore – to Norske Skog’s Tasmania mill – for their paper. They got a real taste of the supply crisis that’s hit newspaper businesses around the world, sending costs soaring. 

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