The Rothesay News was started in 1989 by six Ravensbourne residents wishing to expand their school newsletter. The Rothesay News is named after ‘Rothesay’ in Scotland. In Ravensbourne the Rothesay Survey District is between Taupo St and De Lacy St.
Initial coverage of Ravensbourne and Maia has extended from Ravensbourne through to Aramoana and over to Purakaunui, Long Beach and Osbourne, reaching a total of 2,500 households. In the early years the editorial committee compiled, and, with the help of the local church members, distributed the paper themselves. Extended coverage necessitated the paper paying for these services to be done.
In 1998 the paper entered the book publishing business with “Dusting Off … West Harbour the first 150 years”. The book sold 1,000 copies and has had several reprints. The latest reprint in 2012 sold out by mid-2013.
Our main source of revenue has always been from advertising and we endeavour to cover production costs. As with other voluntary non-profit making organisations, this isn’t always feasible and over the years we have received grants and donations enabling our continued publication.