Fairfax Media - which owns The Whangarei Leader, The Bay Chronicle, The Northern News and The Dargaville and Districts News as well as national and regional newspapers - plans to start shipping its old photos to Rogers Photo Archive next week. Prints will go first with negatives to follow later this year.

The company, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, specialises is restoring, scanning and ''monetising'' photo archives. It will send digital versions of the photos back to New Zealand but will retain the originals.

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