This page provides information about resources and guides that are specific to the study of New Zealand history. They supplement the resources provided on the History portal.

Subject Contacts

If you need assistance in this subject area, the History Academic Liaison Librarian is Anne Ferrier-Watson and the New Zealand Collection Librarian is John Robson.

John Robson - NZC
(07) 837-9126

Resources List


Official repository of New Zealand public archives. Holds documents, maps, plans, films, artworks, photographs and the archives of the New Zealand government.
Archives New Zealand has developed The Community Archive previously known as the National Register of Archives and Manuscripts (NRAM). Provides access to information provided by individuals, organisations and communities. Includes material such as diaries, land information, oral history recordings, commissions, literary manuscripts, personal identity records, immigration and financial records.
From the University of Auckland Library.


Biographies of over 3,000 deceased New Zealanders who have made their mark on New Zealand.


Coverage: 1854 - 1950
The Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR), sometimes known as "the A to Js", are a collection of government-related reports published every year from 1858. The reports cover many subjects, documenting the work of government departments and a wide range of other activities carried out by, or of interest to, the government of the day.
ArchSite is an online database that contains information about recorded archaeological sites in New Zealand. ArchSite uses GIS (Geographic Information System) technology to manage and display information on maps. It is the national inventory of archaeological sites in New Zealand.
A collection of electronic versions of significant New Zealand books originally published in the nineteenth century. Provided by University of Auckland.
Coverage: Coverage varies (Index)
FindNZarticles provides access to New Zealand content, including material by or about New Zealanders, from a range of New Zealand newspapers and journals. Includes index to Te Ao Hou.
Coverage: 1854-1985
Hansard NZ debates from Hathi trust. 1854-1985 contain debates of the Legislative Council and the House of Representatives; 1951 etc., the debates of the House of Representatives (Legislative Council abolished Jan. 1951). Vol. numbering begins with 4th Parliament, 2nd session (1867) Vols. for 1st-4th Parliament, 1st session (1854/55-1864/66).
Coverage: 2003 to present
Hansard is the official report of debate in the House of Representatives. It’s produced by editors, who go into the debating chamber and report what members of Parliament (MPs) say. The report is then published online and in print. Commonly known as Hansard, its actual name is Parliamentary Debates (Hansard).
Search and browse a selection of historical photographs and postcards from the University of Waikato Library's Collection. Some photos of New Zealanders in other parts of the world are also presented.
Coverage: Index
Contains abstracts of selected New Zealand serials, including newspapers, about New Zealand and the South Pacific. Subjects covered include general interest material, social research, current affairs, the arts and humanities.
Coverage: 1839 to 1945
Papers Past contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes publications from all regions of New Zealand.
Coverage: Index
Te Puna Search (WorldCat Discovery) provides a view of New Zealand libraries’ holdings and the holdings of other libraries around the world for both library staff and patrons. Discovery searches over OCLC WorldCat plus other databases.
Over 30 years of award-winning history publishing combines into an authoritative resource of life on these islands, from earliest beginnings to present day.


This is an online version of the three volume printed encyclopedia edited by A.H. McLintock and published in 1966. The coverage is comprehensive but has not been updated since 1966.
Te ara in Maori means the pathway. This enyclopedia offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. When complete, it will be a comprehensive guide to the country's peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.


A New Zealand annual, containing articles from the New Zealand Society of Gastronomy's Symposia as well as new research material, recipes and other culinary oddments. The Society is group of academic, professional and amateur gastronomers who are interested in the history and philosophy of eating, meals, food and foodways, and in promoting a better understanding of our culinary heritage.
The Journal of the Polynesian Society aims to promote the scholarly study of past and present New Zealand Māori and other Pacific Island peoples and cultures.


Part of the National Library of New Zealand the Alexander Turnbull Library holds New Zealand’s national documentary heritage collections.
DigitalNZ aims to make New Zealand digital content easy to find, share, and use. Discover millions of New Zealand items from the digital stores of libraries, museums, archives, and government departments, publicly funded organsations, the private sector, and community groups.
A lively forum where many of our sharpest writers discuss Māori and Pasifika issues in politics, arts, sport, education, health and more.
Australian and New Zealand online newsletter for those with interests in environmental history, landscape studies, literature and the environment, garden history, history of science, treaty history, and heritage issues.
Landfall is New Zealand's foremost and longest-running arts and literary journal. It showcases new fiction and poetry, as well as biographical and critical essays, and cultural commentary. The archive provides searchable PDFs of the first 20 years of Landfall: every issue up to the end of 1966 (80 issues); and an index of every item published in Landfall up to Vol. 20 No. 4 (December 1966), searchable by author, title and keyword. Hosted by Otago University Press. Print copies of Landfall are here.
The Ministry's role is to help make New Zealand culture visible and accessible.
Produced by the History Group of the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Topics covered include culture and society, politics and government, war and society, classroom resources at NCEA level and an historical timeline.
Provides access to descriptions of the unpublished manuscripts and pictures collections of New Zealand and Pacific material in the Alexander Turnbull Library.