Our free newspaper the Lizard News Ōmokoroa is focused on a rapidly developing sub-region of the Western Bay of Plenty, between Tauranga and Katikati. There is a unique community of local interest here.
The Lizard News is a glossy colour tabloid for Aongatete, Ōmokoroa, Pahoia, Te Puna to the Wairoa River at Bethlehem, and Whakamārama.
It’s published by a former NZ individual journalist of the year, Matthew Farrell. Matthew was formerly Radio New Zealand National's Bay of Plenty regional correspondent and previous editor of the Matamata Chronicle newspaper. He also worked on the launch of Radio Live producing news for Martin Devlin’s programme and before that at Sky News in London.
Matthew says while national and international news gathering appears to be in a period of turmoil, people remain interested in their local area.
“It’s important not to lose our sense of community. That’s everything from helping a neighbour through to shopping locally and contributing to local authority planning.
We’ll keep a keen eye on the economy, infrastructure, business and housing development, and report that news to our rural and urban readership.”
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