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The Standard was started by William Arnott and Anthony Cashion, who were both from Greymouth. The Standard was embroiled in an early dispute with the United Press Association over what it saw as the charging of an exorbitant fee to join the Association. The owner of the neighbouring Napier newspaper the Daily Telegraph, Edward Knowles, was also at the time Chairman of the Association and allegations were made that he had used his position to prevent the successful establishment of a potential rival. A lower fee was eventually agreed, but the Standard’s early years were blighted by financial difficulties. At one stage, after staff were not paid for six weeks, continued publication was only ensured after subscribers and advertisers rallied to provide the necessary funds.

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