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Fairfax New Zealand Announces Advisory Council

Fairfax New Zealand Announces Advisory Council

AUCKLAND, September 5, 2003 – Mr Fred Hilmer, CEO of John Fairfax Holdings Limited, and Mr Brian Evans, CEO of Fairfax New Zealand, announced today the formation of an Advisory Council of prominent New Zealanders to provide advice and strategic counsel to the company and its business activities.

The members of the Advisory Council, in addition to Mr Hilmer and Mr Evans, are:

Mr Wayne Boyd, Chairman of Auckland International Airport and a director
of several companies. Mr Boyd has a background in law and investment banking. His directorships and business interests extend across many sectors of the N.Z. economy (agriculture, tourism, fishing, property, building, infrastucture, express package and investment advisory ) in both the South and the North Islands.

Mr Lloyd Morrison, Executive Chairman of Morrison & Co, Managing Director of Infratil, Vice Chairman of NZX and a director Port of Tauranga, TrustPower and Wellington International Airport

Mr Humphry Rolleston, a member of the INL Board (the former parent company of the publishing businesses acquired by Fairfax New Zealand). Mr Rolleston is a Christchurch based businessman with interests throughout New Zealand. He is also a director of South Canterbury Finance Limited, Craigpine Timber Limited, Helicopters (NZ) Limited, Scales Corporation Limited, Property for Industry Limited and Auckland Central Backpackers Limited.

Ms Joan Withers, a professional company director currently sitting on the board of several large companies including The Warehouse Group Ltd, Meridian Energy Ltd and Auckland International Airport Ltd. Mrs Withers was formerly Chief Executive of The Radio Network and has significant media management experience in both radio and newspapers.

“We wanted to form an Advisory Council comprised of leading New Zealand business executives to give us a stronger feel and reach in our business. We appreciate their interest in joining Fairfax New Zealand in this special capacity. Through their advice and guidance, Fairfax New Zealand can play an even more constructive and integral role with the communities we serve, “ Mr Hilmer said.

“Fairfax New Zealand will benefit immensely from the wisdom and commitment of these individuals, and we look forward to their contributions to our activities,” Mr Evans said. The Advisory Council will be chaired by Mr Hilmer, and will meet 3-4 times per year. Meetings will also be attended by Peter O’Hara, Chief Operating Officer of Fairfax NZ and Randall Burt, the company’s CFO.

The first meeting of the Advisory Council will be held in December.

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