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AUCKLAND, Today: NZME has released new figures for its NZ Herald Premium online subscription news service – since launching in April last year, the daily numbers have reached 82,000.

“We’ve been delighted that so many New Zealanders have shown the value they place on quality journalism by supporting our newsrooms through their Premium subscriptions,” said ceo Michael Boggs.

He also announced a scheme to provide free Premium access to all NZ secondary, intermediate and primary school pupils and their teachers.

The offer extends to 800,000 school age-Kiwis and 60,000 teachers.

“Since launching in April last year, Herald Premium paid subs have reached 82,000.

In a trial run, the pupils and teachers from Cashmere High School in Christchurch have been able to access Premium stories while at school for several weeks.

NZ Herald head of Premium Miriyana Alexander said: “Giving young New Zealanders access to more quality journalism delivered by local and trusted reporters hopefully helps teachers foster curiosity, critical thinking and will help combat the scourge of fake news.

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”I also hope it will encourage more young Kiwis to consider a career in journalism.”

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