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Taranaki Stories

These stories capture the very essence of Taranaki – the people and the landscape.
They record the achievements of those who live here, the struggles of the first settlers, the determination to overcome challenges, those who have made their mark on not only their own, but also future generations.
But the stories are not just about hardship – they are also inspiring, thrilling, mystifying, enlightening and entertaining.



Well travelled: this Barrett Demi-Albion Printing Press (No 329) was made in London in 1830.  It printed the Taranaki Herald from the first issue (4 August 1852) until 1862.

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Read all about it! The media has always had a tradition of attracting colourful characters and Taranaki is no exception – discover exactly what it was that made junior reporters quake in their boots when faced with New Zealand’s first female news editor June Litman; listen in to the story of a woman who loved to talk and found a job that made the most of her talent and follow the history of the Taranaki Daily News.

An Abbreviated History in Ink

The first newspaper printed in Taranaki was the Taranaki Herald.  The first issue hit the streets of New Plymouth on 4 August 1852 and was originally published three times a week.  By the turn of the 20th century most of the smaller townships in the province had their own papers.   The Egmont Star 1885 - about 1914 The Hawera Star 1880 - present The Hawera and Normanby Star 1894 - about 1900... more

The Press Came by Bullock and Boat

In Puke Ariki, next to the Daily News Café, stands a real old soldier of truly veteran newspaper days.  His birth date of 1830 makes him one of the oldest - if not the oldest - surviving printing press in New Zealand.  As the first newspaper to hit the streets in New Plymouth, the Herald was a true milestone, but the press that printed it is a national treasure.   Other places had papers within... more

Your Place, Your Paper – Bringing Out the Taranaki Daily News

Read all about it! Death of the oldest newspaper in Taranaki! Lance Girling-Butcher, long-time editor of Taranaki Daily News, remembers the demise of the Taranaki Herald as the most dramatic event in his newspaper career. “We had a bloody good wake,” he says. “It went on all day and all night. It started here and wound up at my place.”   The year was 1989, and the wake marked the last gasps of... more