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The first issue of the Opunake Times was published on 3 July 1894. It was started by journalist Michael Brennan (1854-1920), who had previously worked on the Wanganui Chronicle and has established the Waimate Witness at Manaia. His writing was described as ‘forcible and able’ and the first issue of his new paper as ‘well got up, and neatly printed’.

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