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AUCKLAND, Friday: One year after its relaunch, the New Zealand Listener has farewelled long-serving editor Pamela Stirling, and announced the appointment of Karyn Scherer as her replacement.

For more than 16 years, Stirling has been in the editor’s chair, but has decided the time is right for her to hand over the editorship.

“With the Listener enjoying such renewed success, this is the perfect time to hand the pencil over to a new editor,” says Stirling.

“It has been a joy and a privilege to lead the talented and passionate Listener team in serving such a stimulating and highly-engaged readership. I am now looking forward to new projects and spending time with my family who, I hear, are lovely people.”

Stirling will remain involved with the Listener in a weekly advisory role.


“Pamela Stirling will remain involved with the Listener in a weekly advisory role.”

The Listener will now begin a new era under the editorship of Karyn Scherer, who takes up the position today.

Scherer’s CV spans 30 years, including many years as a political and business reporter. Her previous roles include founding editor of NZME’s The Business, investigations editor and senior reporter at NBR, and editor of the Rotorua Daily Post.

She has also worked in the public sector, including the Financial Markets Authority and Callaghan Innovation. She’s a former deputy editor of the NZ Listener.

Scherer said: “The successful relaunch of NZ Listener under Are Media is testament to the fact that Kiwis’ desire for trustworthy news and entertainment is stronger than ever. I’m incredibly proud to be leading such an iconic title into the next phase of its evolution.”


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