The first printing press arrived in Poverty Bay in 1872. The first newspaper published in the area was the Poverty Bay Standard.
By 1874 there were two English-language newspapers, the second being the Poverty Bay Herald. In 1939 the Poverty Bay Herald changed its title to the Gisborne Herald having absorbed the final reincarnation of the Poverty Bay Standard, by this time known as the Gisborne Times.
The press for the first Maori-language newspaper printed in Poverty Bay arrived in 1878. Te Waka Maori o Niu Tireni had been published elsewhere for several years prior to this. By 1879 it had moved to Napier. Te Waka Maori o Takitimu followed by Te Waka Maori o Aotearoa were published here, as was Te Pipiwharauroa.
Gisborne Newspapers Online
Visit the library to access online articles on The Gisborne Herald website
Pipiwharauroa is a monthly bilingual newspaper of local interest, supplied within The Gisborne Herald.
PapersPast is a digital repository of New Zealand newspapers up to 1950.
It hosts a selection of historic Gisborne Newspapers with new content being added each year.
Check the what's new section for the latest additions:
Newsbank Features more than 150 sources including The New Zealand Herald; The Dominion Post; Sunday Star Times, Otago Daily Times; The Press; Waikato Times. It offers local, regional and national perspectives on current issues and events. Access with your Library Membership.
Gisborne Newspapers on Microfilm
The HB Williams Memorial Library holds microfilm copies of Gisborne newspapers from their beginnings through to the current issue.
Material from microfilm may be either printed in A4 format or saved to a memory stick.
- Poverty Bay Standard Oct-Dec 1872 – April 1874, Jan 1881 – Oct 26 1883
- Standard & Peoples Advocate Jul 1874 – Dec 1875, Apr-Dec 1876
- The Telephone Oct 27 1883 – Dec 1884
- Poverty Bay Independent Mar 1885 – Dec 1886
- Gisborne Standard 9 Jun 1887 – 31 Oct 1891
- Gisborne Times Jan 1901 – Mar 31 1937
- Poverty Bay Herald Jan 1879 – Jul 1939
- Gisborne Herald Aug 1939 – present (Title change to the Herald 1999 – 2000)
- The Eastland Sun Aug 1987 - Dec 1995
We also hold a collection of Maori-language newspapers on microfilm
- Nga Hua o Te Mohiotanga Sept 1874
- Te Waka Maori o Niu Tireni 21 Aug 1878 – 25 Oct 1879
- Te Waka Maori o Takitimu 1883
- Te Waka Maori o Aotearoa 1884
- Te Pipiwharauroa He Kupu Whakamarama 1898 – 1913
- Te Kopara Oct 1913 – Jul 1921
- Turanganui a Kiwa Pipiwharauroa Sep/Oct 1993 – Jun/Jul 2003
- Pipiwharauroa Jul/Aug 2003 – present (included as a microfilmed supplement to the Gisborne Herald)
Local and Regional Newspapers Print
The library holds a print copy of The Gisborne Herald and has 2 months available for viewing within the library, the rest we hold 1 month:
- Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga)
- Gisborne Herald (Gisborne)
- Hawkes Bay Today (Hawkes Bay)
- New Zealand Herald (Auckland)
- Wairoa Star (Wairoa)