Bay of Plenty Times
|Type||Daily/Morning (except Sunday) Newspaper|
|Headquarters||Tauranga, New Zealand|
The Bay of Plenty Times is currently one of the New Zealand's largest daily newspapers but for many years its existence was precarious and it came close to folding on a number of occasions. It was first produced on 4 September 1872 as a bi-weekly publication. It consisted of four pages in tabloid size and cost three pence per issue. The founder and editor was WB Langbridge. Ownership of the Times changed many times over the next 40 years, including several times through mortgagee sales. Despite the hardships the Times issued a Christmas supplement in 1897, which featured one of the earliest use of photographs in New Zealand newspapers. From 1913 the paper enjoyed stability after the Gifford and Cross families took over. Both families were associated with the paper until it was sold to Wilson and Horton in 1992. Ownership changed again in 1996 when Independent Newspapers PC from Dublin acquired a controlling interest in Wilson and Horton. In 1976 a fire destroyed the newspaper's entire collection of back issues. Fortunately the publisher had kept copies on microfilm and these are now held by the Alexander Turnbull Library. The Times has prospered in the last 50 years and appears secure. Its progress has been linked with that of the Bay of Plenty, which has grown rapidly and continuously since Mt Maunganui became an export port in the early 1950s. On 5 February 2011, Bay Of Plenty Times Weekend, started to deliver on Saturday morning. On 4 March 2013, the weekday Bay Of Plenty Times changed to compact format and morning delivery.
The Bay of Plenty Times also publishes:
The Coastal News is delivered free every Thursday to Whangamata, Whiritoa, Onemana, Pauanui, Tairua and up the eastern seaboard to Whitianga
The Waihi Leader is distributed free every Thursday to homes in Waihi, Waihi Beach, Athenree, Katikati, Waikino, MacKay Town, Karangahake, Paeroa and the surrounding areas.
The Katikati Advertiser is distributed free every Thursday to all Katikati urban and rural areas and Omokoroa.
The Bay News is distributed every Thursday to homes in Papamoa, Te Puke, Mount Maunganui, Welcome Bay, Tauranga, Bethlehem, Pyes Pa, Te Puna, Katikati, Omokoroa, Waihi Beach, Waihi and Whangamata.
Te Puke Times
The Te Puke Times is distributed free every Thursday to Te Puke, Paengaroa, Maketu, Pukehina, Pongakawa, and Welcome Bay urban and rural deliveries.