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Fairfax New Zealand and Atex Announce Agreement

2nd Nov 05

Fairfax New Zealand and Atex Announce Agreement to Upgrade Newspaper and Publishing Sites

Fairfax and Atex have announced an agreement to upgrade Fairfax New Zealand’s newspaper and magazine publishing sites to the latest versions of Atex Editorial, Advertising and Web solutions.

Joan Withers, Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax New Zealand, said the decision would equip Fairfax New Zealand for an exciting future.

``This decision will be welcomed by our clients and in newsrooms and advertising departments around the country. Fairfax will move to a new generation of equipment and position itself to capitalise on its content strengths and the expertise of its people in taking up emerging opportunities in publishing.

``In Atex we have a supplier which is the market leader and very responsive to our ongoing requirements.”

Joan Withers said that project teams would be set up across Fairfax NZ to implement the system change, under the overall chairmanship of Chief Operating Officer Peter O’Hara. The projects will be managed by Fairfax NZ Group Operations Manager Nigel Bailey.

The Dominion Post in Wellington will be the first site for the technology upgrade. Other sites across New Zealand will follow during a six-year programme.

Dr Ross Wood, CEO of Atex Asia Pacific says: “Atex are delighted that Fairfax New Zealand have chosen to further strengthen their relationship with Atex with this major upgrade, which includes Atex’s suite of Web-Services solutions.”

About Fairfax New Zealand

Fairfax New Zealand Limited, New Zealand's largest media company, has a strong focus on innovation and leadership. On July 1 2003 Fairfax New Zealand Ltd purchased the publishing assets of Independent Newspapers Ltd (INL).
These assets include nine daily newspapers including The Dominion Post and The Press, two national Sunday papers, a stable of magazines with particular strength in the lifestyle category, a magazine publishing business and an internet operation, Stuff. Fairfax New Zealand Ltd also publish over 60 community newspapers throughout the country.

About Atex

Atex strives to lead in the development and implementation of the media and entertainment industry's most advanced information technologies and software. It partners with world-leading complementary solutions providers in order to transform clients' organisations in deploying these advanced technologies and adding value in all business areas including advertising, editorial, circulation, financial and business process management.

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