About us

Star Media connects and engages with Christchurch, Canterbury and New Zealand audiences every day.

Star Media is a multimedia company that publishes the long-standing and well-respected Christchurch Star newspaper, eight community newspapers (from North Canterbury to Ashburton) and a diverse range of magazines that includes South Island’s leading lifestyle magazine Style, and national magazines Kiwi Gardener, Kiwi Gardener Quarterly and Rugby News; runs iconic Christchurch events, such as the City 2 Surf and the Home and Leisure Show; and offers creative and video production facilities.

Providing the complete package, Star Media prides itself on innovation, creativity and the ability to deliver clients multi-platform solutions to relevant audiences, both locally and nationally. The Christchurch-based team walks the walk and talks the talk, and this connection with both readers and clients is just one of the reasons Star Media remains a leading independent media company.

Star Media is a division of Allied Press, the privately owned media company that publishes New Zealand’s oldest daily newspaper the Otago Daily Times, has a number of newspapers in Canterbury, Westland, Otago and Southland, runs Dunedin’s regional television station, a range of commercial websites, and offers commercial printing facilities.

Charlotte Smith-Smulders



Steve McCaughan

Regional Manager


Andrea Hollmann

Operations Manager


Shane Victor

Sales Manager


Barry Clarke

Editor in Chief


Neil Baker

Creative Manager


Kate Preece

Group Editor


Shelley Robinson

Deputy Editor


Philip Austin