The Hawera Star

On January 11th 2017, Aotea Utanganui became the kaitiaki/guardian of the Hāwera Star Newspaper & Photography Collection.  It spans 137 Years of Hawera Star Newspapers, bound and a complete series 1880-2017, and growing beyond this date too.  While we are the kaitiaki of the collection, the legal ownership remains with Fairfax NZ Ltd (including copyright) in perpetuity (view the copyright policy here Fairfax Copyright Policy).   

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The photography collection spans 40 Years (approx.) including prints, negatives, and printing-out-papers, 120 Medium format, and 35mm Negatives.  The quantity of the collection is approximately 1000 negatives.  The collection also contains numerous publication booklets produced by the Hawera Star over the years.

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This is both a regionally significant collection because of its completeness, quality and ‘slice-of-life’ aspects showing happenings in small communities, and the research, collaboration, scholarship and potential engagement this collection has to offer our communities, will be felt long into the future.

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Fairfax employees brought the collection to the Museum on Friday 17 February 2017. They had a van and two cars loading in Hawera and unloading here in Patea with the help of Aotea Utanganui staff and council volunteers. They made about four trips in total in order to bring the entire collection. The first load arrived at 8.30am, and the last was 4.15pm.

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The Livingston Baker Archive Room holds the photography collection, publications and the Hawera Star bound copies from 1980 to 2017; and in Storeroom 1 are the bound copies from 1880 to 1979 on their original shelving from the Star building.

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This newspaper and photography collection is the intellectual property of Fairfax Media.  Contact the museum if you would like to undertake research or just look through the collection 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz 

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