Archives and Public Records


* Christchurch and Canterbury Archives
* Church Archives
* Guides
* Local Government Archives


* New Zealand Gazette Archive
New Zealand Gazette Archive comprises searchable and browsable PDF (portable document format) copies of issues of the New Zealand Gazette and related publications from 1841. Published by LexisNexis.
Access this at any of our libraries.
* Directory of Archives in New Zealand
The Directory of Archives in New Zealand / Nga Pae Mahara lists nearly 200 repositories around New Zealand, providing contact details and an outline of the archival material they hold. Repositories listed include museums, public libraries, historical societies, government departments, schools and private research facilities, among others. [PDF 1.2 MB]
* The Community Archive
New Zealand's hub for archival collections. Here you will find treasures of our past and present. Contributors range from individuals and small local organisations through to large institutions with nationally-significant collections. Formerly known as the New Zealand National Register of Archives and Manuscripts (NRAM).
* 20 Years Out! - Homosexual Law Reform in New Zealand
An online database of the audio recordings surrounding the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in New Zealand in 1986, held by the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ).
* Architecture Archive
At Auckland University School of Architecture.
* Archive of Māori and Pacific Music
About the Maori and Pacific music archive collection at the University of Auckland.
* Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ)
* Archives New Zealand Te Whare Tohu Tuhituhinga O Aotearoa
Archives New Zealand is the "keeper of the Public Record - the memory of government". This site explains their services, publications and holdings.
* Archway
Database of records held by Archives New Zealand. Contains descriptions of over 1.5 million records that have been transferred from government agencies to the four offices. Includes information about the government of New Zealand from 1840 to the current day. Detailed histories of government departments, their functions and their records.
* AtoJsOnline
Digitised reports from selected volumes of the Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. The collection currently covers the years 1854 to 1930.
* Birth, death and marriage historical records
Searchable database for New Zealand historical birth, death and marriage records with online ordering available.
* Births, Deaths & Marriages
* Fletcher Challenge Archives
Fletcher Challenge Archives is the keeper of the past corporate record of the company of Fletcher Challenge Ltd.
* Hakena Hocken Library Archives & Manuscripts
Hocken Library catalogue of unpublished material.
* Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ)
The purpose of the archive is "the active collection, preservation and making available for creative use of the historical and cultural records of lesbians and gay men". Housed in the Alexander Turnbull Library of the National Library of New Zealand.
* New Zealand Defence Force - Personnel Records
Provides information on who is entitled to apply for details from the records of ex-Service personnel (including medals), how to apply and lists the contact details for Personnel Archives.
* New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua
Has collections of predominantly New Zealand film and video from 1895 to the present day. Feature films, documentaries, short films, home movies, newsreels, television programmes and film and television advertisements. A large documentation collection is also held, including publicity materials, stills, posters, production records and equipment.
* Poll Tax Records
Information from New Zealand's Office of Ethnic Affairs about the Chinese Poll Tax and where records can be accessed.
* Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero
New Zealand's foremost radio archive, responsible for managing, collecting, preserving and providing access to the nation's recorded radio heritage. Includes access to collection databases.
* A Statistical Account of the Seven Colonies of Australasia
Compiled between 1890 and 1904 by the New South Wales Statistician, Timothy A. Coghlan. The eleven volumes bring together statistics for each of the colonies of Australia and New Zealand and are complemented by analysis and commentary. The publication also includes chapters on political divisions, areas and boundaries, climate, parliaments and defence much like in the current Year Book Australia.
* Tapuhi
Searchable database of the manuscripts and pictures collections of New Zealand and Pacific material in the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
* TVNZ Footage Licensing
How to use footage from Television New Zealand (TVNZ) Ltd, for personal or commercial use.
* Upper Hutt Community Archive
Index to a collection of heritage material including photographs, manuscripts, newspapers and publications from the Upper Hutt region held at the Upper Hutt Public Library.