Patea’s first newspaper was begun by the man widely known as the country’s most illustrious ‘ragplanter’ – responsible for beginning over 30 newspapers. The Wanganui Chronicle noted his arrival in the region in March 1875: ‘A gentleman from the West Coast, Hokitika, who is about starting a bi-weekly newspaper in Patea, intends to make his way from New Plymouth to Patea by the mountain road .... After a long experience of West Coast road difficulties, he is of the opinion that anything in the way of travelling in this province will be comparatively mild. Mr Ivess is the gentleman’s name ....’» Read more
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