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It has been claimed that, at the beginning of the 20th century, there were 134 Europeans in Te Kuiti but the completion of the rail link brought in more settlers, the beginning of pastoral farming and cutting down of dense forests. The weekly King Country Chronicle was launched in Te Kuiti in 1906 by Arthur Hayward and Norman Matthews. The Poverty Bay Herald announced in its 2 November issue that the new paper ‘is excellently got up and has a substantial look’. Hayward left shortly afterwards, and edited the New Zealand Farmer in Auckland until his death in 1914. Matthews continued to run the paper for a number of years.

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