Member Publications

Waitomo News / King Country News

Physical address 18 King Street East, Te Kuiti 3910
Postal addrress PO Box 279, Te Kuiti 3941
Managing Editor Heather Carston 07 878 1188
Sales Manager Sam Baggott 07 878 1188




Page Size


Publication Details

Twice Weekly - Tuesday and Thursday

Cover Price


Waitomo News (2002) Ltd
Heather Carston
Advertising Manager
Sam Baggott
Casual Advertising Rates


Readership Profile

The Waitomo News is a tabloid newspaper that is delivered free twice a week –Tuesdays and Thursdays - to 7500 households, businesses and RD runs in the Northern King Country.

Based in the heart of one of New Zealand’s strongest dairy and drystock farming regions, it is a community paper with a long history that’s very proud of its rural roots.

The Waitomo News has won many awards over the years for advertising, special features and publications, and was Best All Round Newspaper in 2012 and 2014 (circ up to 7500).  

The Waitomo News is the result of a merger in 1980 between Te Kuiti’s King Country Chronicle (established 1906) and the Otorohanga Times (established 1912). Both papers were owned and managed by the Craig family.

In 2002, the paper was bought by Spring family and is now part of a privately-owned group of newspapers that includes the Whakatane Beacon, the Bay Weekend (eastern Bay of Plenty), Opotiki News and Kawerau Voice.

A member of the Community Newspapers Association, the Waitomo News has two offices in the main streets of Te Kuiti and Otorohanga. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm.