The Papers Past site is for everyone. If you have any questions about accessibility, or suggestions for how we could make our website more accessible, please contact us.
Access keys are keyboard shortcuts that have been added as a way of navigating to common website links and page features. This website has the following access keys:
1 — home
2 — site map
3 — search
4 — about this site
5 — browse
6 — introduction
9 — contact us
[ — skip links to jump to start of body content
/ — re-direct to newzealand.govt.nz
To use these shortcut keys hold down the ALT key (PC) or CONTROL key (Apple Macintosh) and then one of the keys in the list above. In some browsers you may have to press ENTER to confirm your choice. In the Opera 7 browser press SHIFT-ESC, release those keys, and then press your chosen access key.
There are common keyboard shortcuts that can make text bigger within your browser.
1. Open the View menu by pressing ALT + V.
2. Select Text Size by pressing X.
3. In the Text Size list, move to the text size option you want by pressing the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW key.
4. Press ENTER.
Increase font size by pressing CTRL +
Reduce font size by pressing CTRL —
Access to full text
By default, newspaper pages and articles on this website are displayed as GIF images. They were scanned as images as part of the digitisation process. The newspapers are also available as full text. This text can be accessed from article pages by following the link to "View computer-generated text".
The text is automatically generated using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. It is not manually reviewed or corrected. OCR enables searching of large quantities of full text data, but it is not 100% accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original newspaper and its condition at the time of microfilming. Newspapers with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts or damaged pages may have poor OCR accuracy.
Use of colour to identify search keywords
On search results pages, and on article pages, a highlighted yellow background colour is used to visually identify keyword matches. The software used to run this website does not provide any way for this information to be conveyed without colour. If you have any questions about this service please contact us.