Long-time NZ gay news service to close

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GayNZ.com has covered New Zealand's LGBTI culture for 16 years (Getty)

GayNZ.com, New Zealand's longest serving news and community website for the LGBTI community, is to close after 16 years.

The website, which has been run on a primarily volunteer basis, will file its last report at the end of May.

 "Older people must make space for younger people and their ideas based on our present and their future. Change is part of life."

The men behind the website, Neil Gibb and Jay Bennie, said the website wasn't ever really profitable.  They tried to change to a profit-driven site a few years ago but found that the need to keep advertisers happy compromised the journalistic integrity of their service.

Mr Bennie said there is a need for a website like GayNZ in New Zealand, but the challenge to take it to the next level isn't for them.

"Maybe we could ourselves strategise, tweak, re-position, even re-brand, somehow re-energise. But after 16 years of a high level of input into gay community journalism and communication, with a corresponding deficit in our personal lives, we've decided we'd rather have more of a life than face another big challenge."

Mr Bennie said his door is open to anyone who is up to taking on the challenge.