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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.
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...
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...
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...