History of Extra!


It all started when…

16 years ago, Ivan Behrnes pitched an idea to the editor of the Timaru Herald (when the company was independently owned), that being, a newspaper in education resource to encourage young people’s interest in current affairs known as Extra!. The Timaru Herald ran the Extra! educational programme up until 2005, until the Herald transferred ownership to Fairfax Media Ltd.

In 2005, Ivan pitched the idea to Allied Press Ltd and Extra! has remained a subsidiary product of the Otago Daily Times to this present day. The spelling and event quizzes traditionally held in the Timaru region, were expanded to include Canterbury, Central Otago, Dunedin and Central South Island, and now attract over 2,500 students.

In 2018, Tricia Rowe toke over as the editor of the Extra! publication in house at the Otago Daily Times.