You have reached the official site of The Ellesmere Echo, Ellesmere's only privately owned community newspaper.

Our Mission: To connect and inform communities throughout the Ellesmere and Selwyn district (Canterbury, New Zealand) and to provide a quality newspaper that will help strengthen those ties.


Please help us out!

To continue as a viable newspaper, we are asking that you, the Ellesmere Community, would consider paying a small subscription cost of $35 per annum. This would mean that reliance on our advertisers could reduce (currently the only way we pay for printing costs), and further, that we can offer our advertisers a discount to help get them up and running, post Covid-19.

Subs can be paid to the following account: 06-0851-0205581-00. Please put “Subs” in the details field. We would really appreciate your support, so we can continue to serve the Ellesmere community.

The Ellesmere Echo

Circulation: 3,000 –This covers the area from Southbridge, Leeston, Doyleston and RD 13 together with rural delivery areas RD 2 & RD 3 in between. There are additional drop-off points in Rakaia, Lincoln, Springston and Rolleston.

Extra coverage is now included through this site, the Selwyn App and on Facebook.

We, at the Echo try to be environmentally friendly with all our business decisions and wish to inform our readers that we have chosen environmentally friendly inks and we print on recycled paper.

We support local and our paper is printed nearby by Canterbury Print Service in Christchurch.