Our historical newspaper, The Otautau Standard, is about to go global. Well, that is, in about a year. The issues for 1905-1930 are in the pipeline at PapersPast to be added to their sizeable database of New Zealand newspapers. However, this development hasn't been officially announced on the PapersPast website but has been written about in a genealogy blog, Origins: genealogy websitesgalore by Matthew Oliver, Digital Product Manager at the National Library of NZ.
For those who like to do their research from home, this is good news except for the year-long wait. In the meantime, the Otautau Heritage Trust is aiming at getting a microfilm reader which will allow the Standards to be browsed in a more hands-on fashion. Earlier this year, the Standards were put onto microfilm through the National Library to help preserve the social history they contain. A microfilm reader will allow people to browse freely without the risk of damaging the original papers, some of which are over 100 years old.