NorthSouth Multi Media Limited (NSMM) is a 100% New Zealand owned company. Shareholders are Allan and Patricia Mortensen of Dargaville and Kelvin and Gillian Green of Christchurch.
The company’s head office housing 20 staff is located in Dargaville.
The main business activities are the publishing of four Farming Lifestyle publications, each with a regional focus covering Northland, Waikato, Taranaki, Manawatu and Christchurch. Additionally there is one local newspaper, the Kaipara Lifestyler which covers the area from Wellsford through to Mangawhai, across and through Dargaville to Pouto, and up to the Waipoua Forest.
We also offer a full range of marketing services to our advertisers, including a range of digital marketing solutions.
With significant nationwide expansion plans starting to come to fruition it’s an exciting time for NSMM.
The journey started in 2007 when it was decided to lift the existing business North West Multi Media Ltd, and develop it into a company from which the owners could receive a good return while only requiring them in a governance position.
Growth has been substantial and impressive. Initially set up as a print broking and graphic design business that published its own publications, in 2006/2007 the decision was made to focus on the publishing side of the business, focussing on the rapidly growing Kaipara Lifestyler newspaper. North West Multi Media was instrumental in founding the Mangawhai Focus, before selling to the current owners.
The Kaipara Lifestyler was increased in frequency and is currently a successful weekly publication that operates profitably and continues to grow.
While scoping regions in New Zealand for the potential to establish new farming mastheads, contact was made with Kelvin and Gillian Green who had been publishing Canterbury Farming for approximately 12 years. After lengthy discussions it was decided to merge the two businesses into a new identity, NorthSouth Multi Media Ltd.
The merger created a company owning six mastheads, Canterbury Farming, Northern Farming Lifestyles, Waikato Farming Lifestyles, Taranaki Farming Lifestyles, Manawatu Farming Lifestyles and the Kaipara Lifestyler.