Rotorua Newspapers

​​​​​​​​​​​​If you are wanting to consult past copies of Rotorua newspapers, these are available in the Heritage area at the far end of the library.

Current newspapers are available on the right as you enter the library. We have a wide selection of papers from around New Zealand.

Old newspapers available on microfiche include:

  • Hot Lakes Chronicle 15 Feb 1895 – 20 Feb 1897, 4-5 Nov 1905
  • Rotorua Chronicle 10 Aug 1931
  • Rotorua Morning Post 24 Aug 1931 – May 1948
  • Rotorua Post May 1948 – Dec 1960
  • Daily Post Jan 1961 – Present (with some gaps, please ask staff on the Heritage Information Desk for details on 073487047 or email
  • Rotorua Review Oct 1984 – current year
  • The Weekender 1993 – current year

Indexes to Rotorua Newspapers

You can search the local newspaper index using the library catalogue. It covers local news from the Daily Post and Weekender from 1993 to January 2001 inclusive plus some older articles. Also includes death notices from 2013 onwards. For items that have appeared in the Rotorua Review since 2001 and The Daily Post since 2008, you can search the Newztext database.

Many references to newspaper articles on local people and events up to 1986 can be found in the Rotorua Index which can be accessed on the computer in the Heritage area. The New Zealand Gazette Archive can also be accessed from this computer. The Thermalair newspapers from October 1972 – December 2003 are held in the Archives collection (in temporary storage). Another place to look is Papers Past which is a collection of digitised historic New Zealand newspapers. You are welcome to ask the friendly staff at the Heritage Information desk for help with researching Rotorua's history.  

The missing newspapers

Most of the Rotorua newspapers before 24 August 1931 no longer exist. This date coincides with a change of ownership of the newspaper and a possible explanation is that the new owner stored the old papers in a building that later burned down. Don Stafford read through the Bay of Plenty Times for the missing period and included Rotorua news from it in his research files in the Don Stafford Room.​

Please email us for more details ------>> library@rotorualc​.nz​

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