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The first issue of the Manawatu Times was published on 23 October 1875, the first newspaper in Palmerston North. Its founders, partners Joseph Poulter Leary and John Law Kirkbride, had established the Rangitikei Advocate 5 months earlier. It appeared in the evenings twice a week, though it did later become a morning publication, largely to facilitate its distribution in country areas. A weekly edition, the Manawatu Weekly Times, was published for 2 years in 1889-1891.
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Also published as: Manawatu Daily Times
Available online: 3 January 1877 - 31 December 1915 (5306 issues)