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Writing letters to the editor

‘Letters to the editor’ pages of newspapers are among the most well read parts of the paper, and can be very influential. 

There are some tips for writing letters to the editor from Amnesty below (sourced here), and further down the page is email addressess for letter to the editor in your local area.

Tips for writing letters to the editor

  • Editors prefer to publish timely, concise letters that respond to an article, editorial, or other letter that appeared in the newspaper.
  • Before writing your letter, review the newspaper's policy on letters to the editor.
  • Write and submit your letter as quickly as possible, preferably the same day that the article runs.
  • Submit letters by e-mail whenever possible.
  • Your letter must stand on its own—not all readers will have seen the original story.
  • Open your letter with a strong statement that comments on an article, editorial, or other letter that appeared in the newspaper.
  • Be careful about accuracy and avoid personal attacks.
  • Keep your letter as short as possible by focusing on one, or at most two, major points. Support your position with facts, statistics, citations or other evidence. Aim for no more than 200 words.
  • Close with the thought you'd like readers to remember. Instead of focusing your attention at a reporter, editor, or expert who got it wrong, consider the central point you want people reading the letter to take away.
  • Ask someone to review your letter to be sure your writing is clear and you are getting your point across.
  • You must include your name, street address and phone number.

Email addresses for letters to the editor

Upper North Island

Whangarei - Northern Advocate.
Email: editor@northernadvocate.co.nz

Auckland - New Zealand Herald.
Email: letters@nzherald.co.nz

Hamilton - Waikato Times.
Email: editor@waikatotimes.co.nz

Central North Island

Tauranga - Bay of Plenty Times
Email: editor@bopp.co.nz

Rotorua - Rotorua Daily Post
Email: editor@dailypost.co.nz

Gisborne - Gisborne Herald
Email: editorial@gisborneherald.co.nz

Hawkes Bay - Hawkes Bay Today
Email: editor@hbtoday.co.nz

Wanganui - Wanganui Chronicle
Email: letters@wanganuichronicle.co.nz

New Plymouth - Taranaki Daily News
Email: editor@tnl.co.nz

Lower North Island

Palmerston North - Manawatu Standard
Email: editor@msl.co.nz

Wairarapa - Wairarapa Times Age
Email: editorial@times-age.co.nz

Wellington - Dominion Post
Email: letters@dompost.co.nz

Upper South Island

Marlborough - Marlborough Express
Email: mailbox@marlexpress.co.nz

Nelson - Nelson Mail
Email: editor@nelsonmail.co.nz

Westport - Westport News
Email: editorial@westportnews.co.nz

Greymouth - Greymouth Evening Star
Email: editor@greystar.co.nz

Central and Lower South Island

Christchurch - The Press
Email: letters@press.co.nz

Ashburton - The Ashburton Guardian
Email: enquiries@theguardian.co.nz

Timaru - Timaru Herald
Email: editor@timaruherald.co.nz

Oamaru - Oamaru Mail
Email: news@oamarumail.co.nz

Dunedin - Otago Daily Times
Email: odt.editorial@alliedpress.co.nz

Invercargill - Southland Times
Email: letters@stl.co.nz

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