A Brief History

Scoop was born on June 10th 1999 the child of a broken home. The three founders were Andrew McNaughton, Ian Lewellyn and Alastair Thompson, they had earlier worked together on another website.

Scoop was quickly embraced by its target audience in the political and government sectors and delivered 131,000 page views in its first five weeks.

Something of a baptism under fire came for Scoop in September 1999 with coverage of the APEC meeting in Auckland and of the East Timor Crisis. Scoop has been joined earlier by Auckland Journalist Selwyn Manning, whose coverage of the APEC end of the crisis was nicely summed up in the article, Goodbye APEC - Has Been Nice Knowing You. Selwyn is now Scoop's co-editor, editorial manager/director.

Ever since APEC and the East Timor crisis - the idea of NZ being involved in the wider world and the signs of hope engendered by the relatively peaceful resolution of the crisis - has remained part of the spirit of Scoop, and this spirit is shown in Scoop's ongoing coverage of international news from a uniquely New Zealand perspective.

Scoop Awards

NZ Net Awards


Netguide Net Awards




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IDG Computerworld Excellence Awards


Finalist - Overall Excellence in the Use of IT

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