Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the last issue of the Auckland Star. At least I think it is. The ever-unreliable Wikipedia says the final issue was on 16 August 1991 but the possibly equally unreliable Facebook page of former Auckland Star journalists says it was 20 August. Let’s go for the 20th.
The dying days were extensively documented at the time in Metro and nowhere since that I know of. Is there a history anywhere of the paper and/or its brief rival the Sun?
I used to read the Star every day from February 1971, when I moved to Auckland, until its closure. It was a great newspaper, with Pat Booth running investigative features (Mr Asia, Arthur Allan Thomas etc) over weeks or months, however long it took. Warwick Roger wrote a full page every Saturday – he was the first reporter I’d come across whose byline indicated a must-read; and there were many other good writers in sports, business, you name it.
I worked there for three months as a sub-editor and feature-page designer in, I think, early 1987. Jim Tucker was editor, and Jenny Wheeler was editor of the Sunday Star with a staff of practically zero. It was an early-morning start so I would walk in half-asleep from Newmarket and get to the subs’ bench at 8:00 and open my eyes to see Carol Hirschfeld opposite giving me her dazzling smile. It was a very nice way to wake up.
Also there were Warren Berryman, Donna Chisholm, Paul Ellis, Eric Young and let’s not forget the racing sub, Julie Christie. She too has done quite well since then.