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Your contact at The Western Star: Leah Boniface
Contact number: +64 03 2348 415
Alternative contact number: +64

Address: 172 Palmerston Street

Postal address: 172 Palmerston Street

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The Western Star

The first effort to set up a local paper was in 1864 under the name of Riverton Times. However, the paper did not fulfil the promise of its inauguration and soon disappeared. The first issue of The Western Star was published on Saturday 15 November 1873 at a price of sixpence per copy. A high standard of journalism was reached: its local news embraced every part of the province, its subscribers patronised it well by advertising widely, and even its correspondence columns revealed a high standard of constructive public criticism.

After eighty years of publication, a priceless record of day to day events from the early 1860s to 1943 ceased when the paper went out of production. Copies of these early papers are archived in the Riverton Heritage Centre.

In 1996 a committee was formed with a view to reinstating the defunct newspaper and its first edition was published in March that year. It has continued to be produced by volunteers as a tabloid eight pages every month and reaches the same high standard of journalism as its earlier parent paper. The local advertisers fund the costs of production along with volunteer subscriptions by the ‘Friends of the Western Star’. The paper is delivered free to all local households and posted to subscribers both in New Zealand and overseas.

News items to be contributed must be with the editor by the tenth of the month and may be emailed along with photos to western.star@xtra.co.nz .

The Western Star is a monthly tabloid free to all householders in the Riverton district. It can be mailed to others on payment of a $15 subscription for twelve issues.



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