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Pacific Studies: Pacific Newspapers

Viewing the Newspapers

Print copies are available as library use only at Macmillan Brown Library, just send us an email at macbrown@libr.canterbury.ac.nz to request to view items. Due to many of the newspapers being held in a separate building to the Library, we are dependent on fine weather and we require at least one day’s notice for retrieval of large holdings.

Access to electronic newspapers is available to staff and students. For access off-campus, you will need to login using your UC username and password

If the country you are after is not on this list, feel free to send us an email.

Pacific Newspapers in the Macmillan Brown Library

 

Macmillan Brown Library holds a wide variety of historic and current newspapers from around the Pacific. The collection is largely print copies with some available on microfilm and through online access. Our holdings also include newspapers in a range of different languages, while there are titles that can also be categorised as periodicals. See more details on each country below.

Cook Islands

Cook Islands News is our largest holding; we hold print copies from 1977– continuing as well as online access to the latest news articles.

We also have:

 

There are limited holdings of:

 

Cook Islands newspapers are primarily in English with some Rarotongan.


Fiji  

The Fiji Times is our largest collection in which the Library holds:

 

Sunday issues of The Fiji Times became Sunday Times; the Library has from 2013– continuing and online access is available from 2004 to 2013.

Oceania Daily News from 1948 to 1949 and Wansolwara from 1998 to 2010 are also available. All Fiji newspapers are in English.


Guam

Recent articles online are available for Kuam News and Pacific Daily News, these are both in English.


Hawai'i

The Library catalogue provides links to recent articles from several Hawaii newspapers online and are all available in English:

 

Archived issues of Honolulu Weekly are accessible online from 1991 to 2013. 


Kiribati (see also Tuvalu)

The Library has incomplete holdings of Colony Information Notes from 1969–1970. This title became Atoll Pioneer, we have Jan–Feb 1981, then was eventually called Te Uekera, with copies of 1981–1984 held, written in both Gilbertese and English. 

Banaba Ocean Island News, no.21 and no.22 1996 in English are also available, and Valo between 1965 and 1974 on microfilm in Tuvaluan.

 


Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands Journal continues to be retrieved and have incomplete issues from 1988. These are in English with some Marshallese.  


Nauru

From Nauru, the Library holds:

 

These copies of Nauru newspapers are in English.


New Caledonia  

Le Depeche Kanak daily edition and French international edition are available on microfilm for the years 1988–1990.

The Library also has limited holdings of:

 

 These papers are primarily in French with some English.


Niue

Niue Star for 1993 and 2004–2005 as well as Tohi tala Niue from 1977 to 1992 are available as incomplete holdings. Both are in English.  


Northern Mariana Islands

Recent articles from the Mariana Variety are available online.


Pacific Area

The Library has Auckland Pacific Today, Oct. 2007 and Sept 2009 to Nov. 2009. This title changed to New Zealand Pacific, which the Library holds Nov. 2009 to Oct. 2013. We also hold Pacifica between 1984 and 1986.


Palau  

From Palau, the Library has incomplete holdings of:

 

These are all in English.


Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Post Courier from 1977 to 2005 is the Library's largest holding. Full text online access is also available from Feb 2004 to January 2015.

We also have:

 

All newspapers are in English.


Samoa

Of the Samoa Times, the Library holds issues from:

 

These are in Samoan with some English.

Samoa Observer, incomplete holdings from 1986 to 2008, and online access to recent articles are available. There is also:

  • The Observer, one copy from Aug. 25, 1982.
  • Samoa Observer, New Zealand edition, from 2006 to 2012 and the New Zealand edition of Sunday Observer from 2012–2013.
  • Sunday Observer was previously Sunday Samoa, the library holds Aug 5, 2012 and 2013 copies of its later title Talofa.  

 

These are also primarily in Samoan with some English.

Other Samoan newspapers in the collection are:

 

American Samoa

From American Samoa, the Library holds:

  • Samoa News- Tala Samoa from Jan 1989 to July 1991. Printed in Samoan and English
  • O le Fa’atonu, incomplete holdings from 1903 to 1929. Primarily in Samoan with some English.
  • Samoa News, online access to recent articles available in English.

 


Solomon Islands

Solomon Star is the Library’s largest holding of Solomon Islands newspaper. We have holdings from 1989–continuing as well as online access to recent articles and copies of Sunday Star from Aug. 2012– continuing.

The Library also has limited holdings of:

 

All our holdings are in English.   


Tahiti

We have several Tahitian newspapers available in French:

 

The Library also holds Tahiti Sun Press between 1986 and 1990, in English.


Timor-Leste

Incomplete holdings for East Timor News are available between 1977 and 1978.


Tonga

Ko e Kalonikali Tonga from Sept. 8, 1989 and Dec. 1999 to June 2009 is available as a bilingual edition. We also hold the English edition of Tongan Chronicle from 1979 to 2009, this title became a section of Ko e Kalonikali Tonga from Dec. 1999.

Other Tongan newspaper title held are:


Tuvalu (see also Kiribati)

From Tuvalu, the Library has limited print copies of Sikuleo o Tuvalu from 1989–1991, also available on microfilm from 1983 to 1991. In Tuvaluan.

Print copies of Tuvalua News Sheet from May 1978 to Dec. 1983, on microfilm from 1976 to 1983 and its later title Tuvalu Echoes from Dec. 1983 to May 1992. These titles are in Tuvaluan and English.

The following newspapers are also on microfilm:

  • Funafuti Native News from 1944 to 1945, in Tuvaluan and English.
  • Tala o Tuvalu incomplete holdings from 1947 to 1964. This title became Valo (see Kiribati) and is in Tuvaluan with some English.

 


Vanuatu

Trading Post Vanuatu, between March 1995 and June 2003, is the Library’s largest holding of newspapers from Vanuatu. This title became Vanuatu Daily Post which the Library has from June 2003 to April 2011 with online access available for recent articles. These titles are in English

There are also limited holdings of:

  • British Newsletter, from Nov. 28 1972, later called New Hebrides News. The Library holds Sept. 10 to 24, 1974, in English.
  • Port Villa Presse between Aug. 2001 and Sept. 2003; later called The Independent, which we hold Oct. 2003 and Sept. 2005 then called The Vanuatu Independent, with Sept 2005–Feb 2011 held. Written in French and English.   
  • Seli Hoo from Jan/Feb to March 1978, also in English.
  • Tamtam between July 1983 and July 1984. The Library also has its later title, Vanuatu Weekly Hebdomadaire from 1984–2001 in print and on microfilm. These titles are in Bislama, English and some French.

 


 

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