Crux is owned and published by the Southern Community Media Trust and is incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.

The trust is a not-for-profit organisation committed to public interest journalism, with a focus on local issues and action. We are partnered with the School of Journalism at Canterbury University. A key part of our mission is to contribute to the education and development of young journalists, as well as finding innovative solutions to community issues. A copy of our Trust Deed is here.

The trust is run by six trustees.

Make sure to visit our Welcome page to read welcome messages from Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult and key members of our team and scroll down to learn more about the Trust.

Peter Newport, Managing Editor peter.newport@scmt.org.nz


Peter worked for the Otago Daily Times, Radio New Zealand and TVNZ before working in Australia for Channels 9 and 10. He then went on to be the European Correspondent and Bureau Chief for Channel 9 in London before joining ITV News as their Far East Producer in Hong Kong. Peter then worked for BBC TV News in London as their Deputy Editor before becoming a documentary producer with the Discovery Channel.  Peter returned to work in NZ with Mediaworks as a producer on their current affairs programme 3rd Degree before moving to Queenstown as RNZ's Otago Southland reporter.


Dick Hubbard - Chair (read his welcome message)
Joan Kiernan - Deputy Chair

Dave Gibson
Katherine Schuitemaker
Ralph Hanan
Simon Telfer

What is Crux?
Crux is a new, community-funded website that delivers action and issues-focussed public interest journalism to the Southern Lakes region.

What does the Crux brand mean?
We selected and trademarked the Crux brand name because it represents getting to the heart of the matter and also is the name of the Southern Cross constellation.

Why is it important now?
We need some form of quality journalism to document, explain and act on the complex issues that face our region. Journalism has been funded by advertising in the past but, thanks to Google and Facebook, that model is terminally broken. We are at a crunch point in our community’s development - low wages, expensive housing, explosive growth and many people leaving because they cannot afford to stay here. Good quality community journalism can help fix these critical issues. 

What are we committed to?
Quality journalism. Pure and simple. Balanced, fair and accurate. And, if necessary, long! Our community can’t be distilled into click-bait or an external template. We will listen, question, research, compare and explain. If a story takes weeks or months - then that’s what we will commit to. We’ll welcome comments and act on them. We are politically neutral - but committed to equal opportunity in all aspects of society. We’ll be courageous and respectful.

More about the people behind the Southern Community Media Trust:
The SCMT is headed by Dick Hubbard, the former Mayor of Auckland and a successful entrepreneur who has championed fair, sustainable business for his entire career. We are partnered with the Canterbury University School of Journalism. Our Trust Deed was written by media commentator and former New Zealand Herald Editor Gavin Ellis, author of the book "Trust Ownership and the Future of News". Our trustees are local people who care about the community and our shared future.