Newspapers & Magazines

The libraries have current local and regional newspapers for you to enjoy as well as a wide range of magazines.



Newspapers in the Library

Paraparaumu Library

You may read the following newspapers at Paraparaumu Library. The most recent copies are on the ground floor newspaper stand, with the previous months' papers kept in the drawers below. To view earlier copies please ask a librarian.

Kāpiti Observer July 1950 - most recent copy (pre 1970 on microfilm only)   
Kāpiti News July 1999 - the most recent copy
Ōtaki Mail April 1991 - the most recent copy
The Dominion Post previous month and current month
Sunday Star Times most recent copy
Horowhenua Chronicle previous 4 months and current month
Kapi-Mana News previous 4 months and current month

Waikanae Library

Kāpiti Observer most recent copy                                                     
Kāpiti News most recent copy
The Dominion Post previous 3 months and current month

Ōtaki Library

Horowhenua Chronicle previous 3 months and  current month                            
Kāpiti News previous 12 months and current month
Kāpiti Observer previous 12 months and current month
Ōtaki Mail previous 12 months and current month
The Dominion Post previous 3 months and current month

Paekākāriki Library

The Dominion Post the most recent weekend edition

Newspaper Archives

In addition to the Kāpiti Observer, Kāpiti News and Ōtaki Mail, the Paraparaumu Library has archived copies of the following historical Kāpiti newspapers. To view these papers, please ask at the library.

Paekākāriki Gazette July 1963 - August 1967
The Weekly News 1979 - 1983
Kāpiti Mail April 1988 - June 2000
Paekākāriki Press February 1995 - December 1999
Horowhenua & Kāpiti News April 1997 - December 1999
Paekākāriki Expressed November 2001 - May 2011

Searching Newspapers on the Catalogue

Articles from some newspapers are indexed on the library catalogue. You can easily search it and find results from the Kāpiti Observer (2001 onwards), the Ōtaki Mail (April 2003 onwards) and all issues of Paekākāriki Expressed. Ask at the library to view the specific article from your search results.

Search the catalogue

Online Newspaper Resources

Library PressReader

Kāpiti Coast District Libraries have subscribed to PressReader so that you may enjoy same-day access to more than 3,000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages. Use one of the public computers at the libraries, or the library wifi, or download the PressReader app. You may also access PressDisplay from home by signing in with your library card & password/PIN.

A Guide to using PressReader

Use PressReader

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre

Newspaper and magazine articles with an emphasis on New Zealand and Australian titles. Includes most major New Zealand daily newspapers.

Use Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre

Papers Past

Papers Past contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1948 and includes 99 publications from all regions of New Zealand. A National Library Resource.

Use Papers Past

NZ Chinese Journals

Between 1921 and 1972 at least four Chinese language periodicals were published in New Zealand. Three of these are available on this site. The Man Sing Times was published between 1921 and 1922, the New Zealand Chinese Weekly News between 1937 and 1946, and the New Zealand Chinese Growers between 1949 and 1972. Collectively these periodicals cover some 50 years of Chinese New Zealand history. They provide an insight into the political, economic, linguistic, historical and social life of the Chinese New Zealand community.

The project is a joint venture between the Alexander Turnbull Library and Auckland City Libraries.

Browse and download NZ Chinese Journals


We hold a selection of popular titles across the district, covering a wide variety of interests including fitness, travel, science, news, lifestyle, arts and hobbies. Titles include:

  • The Artist
  • Delicious
  • Fine Woodworking
  • Good Reading
  • Grass Roots
  • InStyle
  • Mana
  • North and South
  • The Oldie
  • The Shed
  • Vanity Fair
  • Walking New Zealand

We keep weekly magazines for six months and monthlies for a year. The exceptions to this are the Consumer and New Zealand Listener magazines which are kept as reference copies for two years.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions for new subject areas or new titles for this popular collection.