In 2005 NZPA announced that the 125 year old news sharing model would cease in January 2006, leaving NZPA responsible for news gathering and production of the national wire. This resulted in NZPA owning outright the intellectual property to the national news wire which it is now free to sell to all other media on a commercial basis. At the same time NZPA established news services other than the text based newswire including photo-news and graphics services as well as providing news, features and other information in page ready format.
About 130 national stories are distributed every 12hours, and approximately 40 journalists, based in Sydney (2 staff), Auckland 4 staff, New Zealand Parliament Buildings 5 staff and at the head office in Wellington and employed by NZPA Ltd. Where prior to January 2006 staff were focused on sub-editing they now concentrate on news gathering. As well as full time staff, national networks of both correspondents and photographers have been established.
NZPA operate business, national and a sports desk which also covers racing and employ a rural reporter.
NZPA manages external newsfeeds from Reuters, Australian Associated Press and Associated Press and sub-edits the items for a New Zealand audience before distributing them on to member newspapers. NZPA also provides these services with reciprocal rights to its content for sale overseas though practically little content is directly used.
NZPA operates a content sales division providing NZPA authored content on a commercial basis to corporate and government clients. It also operates a media release distribution service circulating media releases to media on behalf of clients domestically and also across the world through Asianet, a consortium of press agencies.