Wellington City Libraries

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Central Newspaper Collection

The Newspaper Collection consists of:

  • Dominion Post (8 July 2002 - ) *
  • Evening Post (8 Feb 1865 - 6 July 2002) *
  • Dominion (26 Sept 1907 - 6 July 2002) *
  • Wellington's other local newspapers *
  • Historical Wellington newspapers *
  • Provincial papers from most New Zealand towns
  • New Zealand's metropolitan papers
  • New Zealand Herald (Jan 1987 - ) *
  • Sunday Star times (Nov 1992 - ) *
  • Major papers from Australia
  • Major papers from British Isles *
  • Some papers from Asia, the United States and Europe.

* Some copies available on microfilm.

You can browse a complete list of titles in our newspaper collection.

To search for a specific title, try a title browse search. Look at the right hand side of the screen for the word 'newspaper' in purple.

Where to find the Central Newspaper Collection

At Central Library newspapers are stored on the large red shelves at the top of the escalators on the harbour side of Second Floor. The newspapers are arranged alphabetically within regional categories - Wellington community, New Zealand metropolitan, New Zealand weekly, New Zealand Provincial, Australian, British & Irish, and International.

Each newspaper has a current issue folder which holds the latest issues. Older copies of each paper are arranged in monthly or half-monthly folders underneath. Copies of most newspapers are held for three months.

Copies of the Dominion Post, Dominion, Evening Post and Sunday Star Times are held at the Second Floor desk for photocopying purposes.
The latest copies of Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Times are also held at the desk. ID is required while you look at these newspapers.

Back issues

Back issues of Wellington papers, Sunday Star Times, National Business Review, Truth and some other papers are available in hard copy. Ask at the Second Floor desk and a staff member will retrieve the requested newspaper for you.

To see if we hold the back issue you want, try a title browse search. Look at the right hand side of the screen for the word 'newspaper' in purple. When you locate the newspaper you want, click on the title and read the 'Holdings' information.

Many papers will say 'Latest 3 months. Irregular. Donation' - we may not have the edition you are after.

If we do not hold a paper copy, an online version may be available.

Newspapers on Microfilm

To access newspapers on microfilm, ask for the newspaper with the date (quoting year and month) at the Second Floor enquiries desk. The staff member will retrieve the requested microfilm and assist you with operating the microfilm readers on the Victoria street side of the enquiries desk. Please place the microfilm back in the correct box when you have finished viewing it and return it to the enquiries desk.

Articles can be printed from these papers at a charge of $0.50 per A4 copy and $1 per A3 copy.

Newspapers available on microfilm:
Metropolitan newspapers
Dominion Sept 1907 - 6 July 2002 (incomplete)
Dominion Post Aug 2002 -
Dominion Sunday Times Feb 1987 - 25 Oct 1992
Evening Post 8 Feb 1865 - 6 July 2002 (incomplete)
New Zealand Herald Jan 1987 -

Wellington community newspapers
Courier News (Wainuiomata) 1977 - 1981
Eastbourne Sun 1921 - 1922
Eastern Suburb News Aug 1978 - Dec 1982
Horowhenua Times 1982
Hutt News 1976 - 1982
Independent Herald (Northern Suburbs) Sept 1974 - 1980, 1982
Kapi-Mana News Sept 1974 - Dec 1980, July 1981 - Dec 1982
Kapiti Observer Sept 1974 - Dec 1978, July 1979 - Dec 1982
Karori & Western Suburbs News 1975 - 1952
Upper Hutt Leader 1982

Historical papers
The Maori Messenger 1849 - 1863
New Zealand Gazette 31 Oct 1841, Apr - Sept 1844
New Zealand Gazette & Wellington Spectator Aug 1839 - Sept 1844
New Zealand Graphic & Ladies Journal 30 May 1890 - 30 Dec 1893
New Zealand Spectator 1853, June 1858 - Dec 1864
New Zealand Spectator & Cook Strait Guardian Oct 1844 - Mar 1848
New Zealand Times 1882, 1895, 1897 - 1904
Sports Post Oct 1952 - Dec 1955
Wellington Journal 13 Apr - 22 July 1868

Times 1976 - 1981 (1979 Daily Telegraph as substitute)

Branch Newspaper Collection

All branches have copies of Dominion Post and their local community newspapers. For older copies please ask a staff member for assistance. Some branch libraries will also have recent newspapers of local interest, such as the South Pacific and Chinese papers held at Newtown and Chinese language newspapers at Johnsonville.

Newspapers online

Available on all computers in and outside of the library (library card details required):

  • PressReader - same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from NZ and around the world.
  • ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream provides full-text access to Fairfax newspapers such as Dominion Post, The Age, The Press and Sunday Star Times.
  • EBSCO's Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre includes full articles from The New Zealand Herald, as well as the Fairfax titles Dominion Post, The Press and Sunday Star Times, amongst others.
  • Index New Zealand (INNZ) is an index with abstracts from selected New Zealand newspapers and magazines. Developed by the National Library, it just covers New Zealand and the South Pacific topics. Since INNZ is just an index, you will have to get the articles themselves from our newspaper collection.

    Available on free Internet PCs in the library and computers outside of the library:

    • Our Newspaper page links to most major New Zealand, Australian, British, North American and South Pacific newspapers online, plus some European, Middle Eastern, African and Asian titles.
    • Stuff - Another way to access New Zealand Newspaper articles, particularly the latest news.
    • Papers Past - Provided by the National Library, Papers Past showcases selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of over 600,000 pages from 30 publications.
    • Niupepa: Maori Newspapers Digital Collection - An electronic collection of over 17,000 pages taken from 34 separate periodicals. It is based on 'Niupepa 1842-1933', a microfiche collection produced by the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Other newspaper sources in Wellington

  • See what newspapers the National Library holds if you are on a free internet PC or using a computer outside of the library. The National Library has extensive holdings of NZ, Pacific and Australian newspapers from the 19th century onwards.
  • Many Embassies subscribe to newspapers from their country. Call up the relevant embassy or ask at the Second Floor desk for information on embassy newspapers.

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