New Zealand Press Association closes

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The New Zealand Press Association (NZPA), the country's national news agency, closed its doors on Wednesday after 131 years in business.

The NZPA is the latest victim of media consolidation in the digital age.

The organisation, once regarded as the voice of New Zealand journalism, survived several cutbacks over the last 15 years.

However the decision to finally close NZPA was made in April after Australia's Fairfax group decided it no longer needed the service.

Mark Hollands, the chief executive of the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association, told the BBC it was a sad day for the industry.

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