About us

Locally owned by the Allied Press, the Otago Daily Times is New Zealand's oldest daily newspaper. Proudly independent, the ODT has a strong local news coverage and is published Monday - Saturday. This focus combined with national and international news means the ODT has an unmatched reach into the Otago market. 


Allied Press Ltd employs more than 400 staff, and its associated companies at least another 60. Most are based at the head office building in Dunedin, but many operate from offices in other Otago towns and across the South Island of New Zealand.

In addition to the ODT, the following community newspapers are published by Allied Press;

The Star – Dunedin

The News – Central Otago

The Ensign – Gore

Southland Express – Invercargill

Southern Rural Life – Otago & Southland

The Courier – Timaru

Central Rural Life – Canterbury and West Coast

Mountain Scene – Queenstown

Oamaru Mail – Oamaru

Ashburton Courier – Ashburton

The News – North Canterbury

The Allied Press also publish the Otago Daily Times Extra! which is a schools magazine published 11 issues times per year. Extra! is read by thousands of school childrean all around the country and provides teachers an invaluable teaching resource aligned to the school curriculum.