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News media

The Libraries provide access to a range of news sources.


Nelson Public Library receives the following newspapers at the Elma Turner Library. Stoke library receives the Nelson Mail, Dominion Post, Press;  Tahunanui Library receives the Nelson Mail only

Newspaper Received Held
The Dominion Post Same day 2
Greymouth Evening Star 1/2 days later 2
The Leader (Nelson) Same day all (1994-2004 in stack, 2004- Research Room)
The Leader (Tasman) Same day all (2013- )
National Business Review (Friday edition only) Same day 52
The Nelson Mail Same day until microfilm received
New Zealand Herald 2 days later 2
The News (Westport) Following day 2
Otago Daily Times 2 days later 2
The Press Same day 2
Sunday Star Times Sunday 2
Waimea Weekly Following week all (2013- ). Archive held Nelson Provincial Museum

Archival - local papers

The Library holds the following local papers


  • Nelson Examiner 1842-1874
  • The Nelson Mail 1866 to the present (microfilming in progress)
  • The Colonist 1857-1920
  • The Motueka Star 1931 - 1939 (incomplete)


The Library does not index these papers. An index is available at the Nelson Provincial Museum research facility for the Nelson Mail.

  • The Guardian (Tasman)         1994 (remainder held Nelson Provincial Museum)
  • The Community Leader          1991 - 1993
  • The Haven                                  Nos 1 - 65 (1992-3)
  • Live Nelson/ Our Nelson        1999 -
  • Tribune                                       1983-1985


For a full list of online newspapers and newspaper archives, see our news media online page.

The Australia/ New Zealand Reference Centre database includes most NZ newspaper articles from approx 1996, including:

  • The Nelson Mail from June, 1997
  • Dominion Post from January, 1995
  • New Zealand Herald from December, 2001
  • The Press From June, 1996

Papers Past (National Library resource) provides searchable access to early NZ newspapers, including the following local and regional papers.