|Founded||2 May 1872, Ng?ruaw?hia|
|Language||New Zealand English|
|Sister newspapers||Hamilton Press|
The Waikato Times is a daily newspaper published in Hamilton, New Zealand and owned by media business Stuff Ltd. It has a circulation to the greater Waikato region and became a tabloid paper in 2018.
The Waikato Times started out as the tri-weekly Waikato Times and Thames Valley Gazette, first published by George Jones on 2 May 1872 in Ng?ruaw?hia but moved to Hamilton in 1875. It was then managed by Messrs Langbridge, Silver, E. M. Edgecumbe, George Edgecumbe and J. S. Bond, who ran a book and stationery shop and changed the Times from tri-weekly to a penny daily in 1896, using Press Association news.
For 20 years it competed with the Waikato Argus, until the papers merged in 1915. The paper changed from afternoon to morning production from 5 September 2011, though had changed its Saturday issue in 2003.
Papers Past has 2 May 1872 to 31 December 1892 issues in a searchable form on-line.Hamilton reference library has microfilm copies of the Waikato Argus (29 Aug 1896 - 27 December 1902, 23 January 1903 - 30 April 1909, 1 June 1909 - 4 December 1914) and Waikato Times from 1872. The paper is also included on the Stuff.co.nz website.
|2019||Voyager Media Awards: Best newspaper with circulation of up to 30,000||Winner|
|2018||Voyager Media Awards: Best newspaper with circulation of up to 30,000||Winner|
|2014||Voyager Media Awards: Best Video||Joint winner with Stuff|
|2009||Qantas Media Awards: Best Website Breaking News Story||Joint finalist with Stuff|
In 2017, Waikato Times journalist Aaron Leaman was the joint winner of the Senior nib Health Journalism Scholarship at the Voyager Media Awards. Leaman also won Regional Journalist of the Year at the same event.
In 2018, Waikato Times journalist Ruby Nyika won Student Journalist of the Year at the Voyager Media Awards. The same year, Donna-Lee Biddle was runner-up for the Regional Journalist of the Year Award, and won the award for Feature writing - crime, justice and / or social issues.