News Sources


Hastings District Libraries subscribe to newspapers in various formats:

 At Hastings Library we hold Hawke's Bay Today for one year in print and previous years on microfilm.  Please ask at the desk upstairs to access these.  

Print copies of newspapers are held at the library that receives the subscription for varying lengths of time.  Please ask at the desk.

Click Read more to go to a list of NZ newspapers available at Hastings District Libraries.

News Databases

Databases provide access to a huge range of journal and newspaper articles in full text, national and international, greatly extending our collections. 

Our main news databases are:

  • Press Display (access in the library only) latest edition, full colour, full page format access to thousands of newspapers, both international & New Zealand
  • Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre (access in the library or from home)
  • General OneFile (access in the library or from home)
  • Masterfile Premier(access in the library or from home) 
  • Newztext (access in the library only) Fully searchable, full text articles from most NZ newspapers, including HB Today (2008 to present)
  • Index New Zealand (access in the library or from home)
    Not full text.  Search for articles in New Zealand newspaper by using indexes amd abstracts

Newspapers on Microfilm

Hastings Library holds the following newspapers on microfilm:

  • Hastings Standard     Apr 1896- Dec 1910
  • HB Tribune                Dec 1910 - Jun 1937
  • HB Herald Tribune     1937 [Jan] - 1970 [Apr], 1970 [Jun] - 1978 [Nov], 1979 [Jan] - 01 May 1999
  • Hawke's Bay Today    Apr 1999 -

May be viewed on our two microfilm readers.  Printing available.

Call upstairs and ask at the Reference Desk for assistance in using these.  

Papers Past

Digitised historic newspapers

Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals.

The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 77 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

Search full text at

A useful tool for family history research or for anyone keen on our history.  Even the advertisements are interesting.

Press Display

Library Access

Access from library only

Press Display is here!  Access to thousands of newspapers from around the world in full colour, full page format.

Read the latest editions of international, national and local newspapers.  Browse articles, pictures, notices, advertisements and classifieds.

International newspapers include The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne), The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the big UK dailies, Le Figaro, le Monde and hundreds more...

Papers are available for 60 days from publication and are fully searchable. Has print, email, translation and audio options.

There is good coverage of New Zealand newspapers...

Hawke's Bay Newspapers after the 1931 Earthquake

The three newspapers in Hawke's Bay were very seriously affected by the 1931 earthquake.  Buildings were badly damaged, staff lost their lives.

Yet within days of the 'quake, newsheets were being published, playing a hugely important role in informing the public of casualties and giving emergency instructions.  More...


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