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The Spencer era
Graham Spencer had two stints as
editor of the Evening Mail.He
followed in Palmer's footsteps
with editorials that gained a wide
readership, though perhaps he
was helped in this by some
weighty issues during his first
term as editor. Whatever, he
never flinched from stating his
opinions, be they popular or not.
New Zealand's military
involvement in the Vietnam War
and sporting links with South
Africa provided plenty of scope
for him. Strangely, though, he
rather ''sat on the fence''
regarding these matters. He
travelled widely to see for himself.
It may be that his trips abroad,
particularly in Asia, allowed him
to see all sides of complex issues
and to recognise that simple
solutions were not possible.
Spencer worked as a reporter
on an Australian paper before
becoming Palmer's assistant in
1961. His promotion to editor in
1963 came at the tender age of 33.
Youth and initiative often go
together and Spencer
demonstrated this during a royal
tour of New Zealand. Media
representatives were invited to
accompany The Duke of
Edinburgh on a visit to D'Urville
Island. With no way to get stories
and photographs back to Nelson
in time for that evening's issue,
the Evening Mail faced being
''scooped'' by The Press and the
Dominion next morning. Spencer
had the answer -- homing pigeons.
The birds had served newspapers
regularly up to the early 1900s and
could do so again. So homing
pigeons were carried to the island
and sent back with hand-written
stories on thin paper and
photographic film tied to their
Spencer was editor until 1982
when he stood down to undertake
the lighter duties of deputy editor
and features editor. Staff
members who worked under him
regarded him with great affection
and considered him their mentor.
Spencer's successor was Rick
Neville, a 34 year-old go-getter
with extensive experience in
newspapers already. Neville left
the Dominion, in Wellington, to
join the Evening Mail as news
editor in 1979. He became editor
three years later -- but not for
long. His rapid rise continued
with the offer of the position of
editor at Wellington's Evening
Post in 1987.
Though he enjoyed the Nelson
lifestyle, his introduction to
newspaper management as editor
had fanned the fire of ambition
and he moved back to the capital.
Neville went on to managerial
roles with Independent
Newspapers Ltd (INL), Sky TV,
News Corporation (in
Australia), APN News and
Media (in New Zealand)
and the NZ Newspaper
returned to the editor's
chair for two years. A
senior journalist at the
mail, David Mitchell,
then won promotion to
the job, while Spencer
continued to write some
Mitchell thus became
the last editor to serve in
the Lucas era. To him
would fall the task of leading
the Evening Mail into the new
era as one newspaper in the INL
conglomerate from 1993.
Ironically, this change was
masterminded by Mitchell's
predecessor Rick Neville, who
was by then the assistant
managing director of INL.
Mitchell had studied political
science at Canterbury University
and started his newspaper career
as a reporter at the Christchurch
Star. He retained a strong interest
in politics and was keen to try his
hand in the Parliamentary Press
Gallery, at Wellington. The Star
obliged and sent Mitchell to the
gallery as its representative.
However, he found gallery life not
much to his liking and moved to
the Evening Mail. He was made
editor there in 1989. He was
instrumental in establishment of
the paper's online news before
retiring in 2001.
Editorship changed greatly
during the Lucas dynasty. Editors
ranged from down-on-their-luck
hopefuls fresh from the
goldfields who could walk in
off the streets and take the job
with no relevant experience,
to career journalists with
who had climbed the ladder
of responsibilities on a
range of papers around
Australia and New
Zealand. Whether native of
England, Australia, New
Zealand, or even Nelson,
most grew into the job and
took their place as people of
influence in the region.
There was diversity but
there was also constancy. All
the Lucas editors were men. All
grasped the principle espoused by
founder Robert Lucas -- the
Evening Mail will operate
independently of any political,
religious or interest group.
There were times when
editorial views in the paper
differed from those held by the
But there is no record of any
Lucas interfering with an editor's
right to freedom of expression.
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