* Archives and Public Records
* Biographies & people
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* Tiriti o Waitangi - Treaty of Waitangi
* Wars and Conflicts
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* Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Can be viewed in both Māori and English. In Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. This Encyclopedia offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. Building a comprehensive guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.
* An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
Edited by A.H. McLintock and published in 1966. For many subjects it remains a valuable source. The contents have not been corrected and will not be updated. Up to date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara. Digitised as part of the Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand Project.
* History @ Te Puna Web Directory
Links to New Zealand organisations and information.
* 1835 Declaration of Independence He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni
This is an international declaration signed on 28 October 1835 which recognises the sovereignty of the Independent Tribes of New Zealand. It was the forerunner of the Treaty of Waitangi and has a flag to symbolise tribal rights to trade as independent nations. Presented by Waitangi Associates. In Te Reo Maori and English.
* A Brief History of Invercargill Invercargill
From the Invercargill City Council. Includes images of historic buildings.
* Brief history of New Zealand
From the New Zealand Tourism website 100% Pure New Zealand.
* British Parliamentary Papers. Colonies: New Zealand
The British Parliamentary Papers represent a significant source of important and largely untapped information about New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. They comprise reports, statutes, correspondence and other documentation sent between the Colony and the Government in Britain and cover all aspects of life and events in the colony at the time. From University of Waikato Library.
* Children and Adolescents in New Zealand 1930-1960
The family and child welfare as well as the rise of the teenager during the mid-century decades. From
* The Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History
Peer reviewed journal on the history and culture of Australia and New Zealand, supported by the James Cook University.
* The Exploration of New Zealand
Introductions and links to information about early Polynesian and European explorers as well as explorers of the New Zealand interior.
* Hawaii Pacific Journal Index
From the University of Hawaii at Manoa who have selectively indexed over 50 titles. Titles indexed include: Archaeology in New Zealand, The Journal of the Polynesian Society, and New Zealand Journal of History.
* He Tirohanga Ki Muri - A view of the past A view of the past
An attempt to capture and convey a selection of Maori heritage materials from the Hocken Library, which not only speak of important events and relationships, but also acknowledge the mana, (prestige, dignity and authority) of our ancestors through the words and wisdom they have left behind. Online exhibition from Otago University.
* Heritage New Zealand magazine
Selected articles. From the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
* A History of the Vote in New Zealand
Tracing the evolution of voting and democracy in New Zealand. From the Electoral Commission Te Kaitiaki Take Köwhiri.
* Home Away From 'Home': British and Irish Immigration to New Zealand, 1840-1914
A statistical, historical profile of English, Irish and Scottish immigrants to New Zealand, 1840-1914. From
* Journal of the Polynesian Society, 1892 - 1905
The early issues of the Journal contain a rich repository of indigenous texts and traditions contributed by Pacific peoples, as well as by missionaries and other sojourners, often published in local languages with English translations. Currently has 1892 - online.
* Ko Tawa: Taonga From Our Ancestral Landscapes
Ko Tawa is designed to bridge past and present: to make these unique taonga accessible to young Māori growing up away from their home-marae communities, whilst also providing all visitors with an insight into the contemporary world of the Māori. Includes images and descriptions of taonga. From the collection of Gilbert Mair at Auckland Museum
* Literature in New Zealand 1930-1960
Explore the context of the flowering of New Zealand literature. From
* Living Heritage Tikanga Tuku Iho Tikanga Tuku Iho
An online bilingual initiative that enables New Zealand schools to develop and publish an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community.
* Long Journey for Sevenpence
This feature is based on Long Journey for Sevenpence: Assisted Immigration to New Zealand from the United Kingdom 1947-1975 by Megan Hutching. It records the experiences of some of the 77,000 women, children and men who came from Great Britain to New Zealand between 1947 and 1975 under the assisted immigration scheme. From
* The Māori - Volume one
By Elsdon Best. This sketch of pre-European Māori life by the early NZ anthropologist is based on the author's research notebooks dating back to the 1870s. Digitised by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.
* Māori and the Vote
Tracing the evolution of Māori voting and democracy in New Zealand. From the Electoral Commission Te Kaitiaki Take Köwhiri.
* New Zealand Centennial Exhibition, 1939-40
* New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga Pouhere Taonga
Keeps New Zealand's heritage places alive and useful. Recognition, protection and promotion of New Zealand's historic and cultural heritage.
* New Zealand History
An eclectic collection of information on New Zealand history, including the arrival of the Māori, The Musket Wars, and the Moriori.
* New Zealand History Timeline
A month by month break down of events in New Zealand history with links provided for further information. From
* New Zealand Parliament History
Parliament’s history from its very beginnings. From the official New Zealand Parliament Päremata Aotearoa website.
* New Zealand Politics Timeline
A timeline of political firsts produced by Christchurch City Libraries.
* New Zealand Statistical Publication 1840-2000
Statistical Publications 1840 - 2000 brings together a historical record of the publications of Statistics New Zealand and those antecedent organisations that have been responsible for national statistics since the mid-19th century.
* No Pavlova Please: food in the 20th century
Glimpses into New Zealand's changing food and drink culture in the twentieth century. Includes historical sound files of our most famous radio announcer, Aunt Daisy. From
* Nuclear Free New Zealand.
A quick history of the nuclear free movement in New Zealand. Topics include nuclear testing in the Pacific, nuclear ship visits, the adoption of nuclear free zone legislation and the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in July 1985. From
Aims to be the first port of call for information on New Zealand history. Co-ordinated by the History Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage
* Protest and reform
Overview of major protest movements in New Zealand from Labour Day to Temperance to Homosexual law reform. From New Zealand History online.
* Our Picturesque Heritage: 100 Years of Scenery Preservation in New Zealand
An insight into New Zealand's unique environment and heritage.
* Out and About - Homosexual Law Reform in NZ.
The Homosexual Law Reform Act was passed 20 years ago; no longer would men having consensual sex with each other be liable to prosecution and a term of imprisonment. Created this feature in conjunction with Radio New Zealand who are broadcasting a documentary - 20 Years Out! From
* Poll Tax Records
Information from New Zealand's Office of Ethnic Affairs about the Chinese Poll Tax and where records can be accessed.
* Polynesian mythology and ancient traditional history of the New Zealand race
By Sir George Grey. Digitised by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.
* The Prow Ngā Kōrero o te tau ihu - Stories from the Top of the South Island
The Prow is a 'one-stop-shop' for concise, fact-filled stories about the history and culture of Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman. Subjects include people, events, places, enterprise, society, arts and Maori. Additional resources available in libraries, museums or online are listed to aid in further reading or research.
* Railway stations
* Rangiātea - Ko ahau te huarahi te pono me te ora
Rangiātea church, New Zealand's oldest Māori church, was utterly destroyed by fire in October 1995. The current website has evolved from the 1997 exhibition of the same name, and its subsequent publication, celebrating Rangiātea, and the Vestry’s, commitment to rebuilding the church.
* Rarangi Taonga: the Register of Historic Places, Historic Areas, Wahi Tapu and Wahi Tapu Areas
National schedule of New Zealand’s treasured heritage places. From the Historic Places Trust.
* The School of Radiant Living in New Zealand (1938-1989)
An alternative lifestyle and health movement which counted Sir Edmund Hillary among its adherents. Includes recipes, the 'elimination diet' and an interview with the movement's founder, Herbert Sutcliffe.
* The Southern Districts of New Zealand
By Edward Shortland. Based on journals written while he was employed as a "Protector of Native Interests" by the colonial government in the 1840s, this book is an interesting account of his travels and dealings with local Māori and Pakeha, and concludes with a short appendix; "Vocabulary Of The 'Kaitahu' Dialect" Digitised by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.
* Te Kakano Taonga Database
Welcome to the knowledge basket of Te Kakano - a basket that embraces the descendants of the pacific people. A basket that explains the Pacific world to all people. Cross the threshold, and gather stories of both the Maori and Pacific peoples.
* We Call it Home: A History of State Housing in New Zealand
For one hundred years the state has provided housing for tens of thousands of New Zealanders unable to afford a home of their own. Just about all of us know someone who grew up in a state house, yet we know little of their individual stories. This exhibition provides an historical overview of the subject including some of the stories of state house tenants, historical film and sound clips and a wealth of historical and recent images. From