Breadcrumbs

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, please contact New Zealand Collection staff at nzc@waikato.ac.nz, or 837-9127, or the History Academic Liaison Librarian, Anne Ferrier-Watson.


Archives

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

Biographies of over 3,000 deceased New Zealanders who have shaped New Zealand's culture and history.

Databases

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 full-text searchable online collection of high quality New Zealand non-fiction titles. Authors include James Belich, Judith Binney, Aroha Harris, Kuni Kaa Jenkins, Alison Jones, Michael King, Claudia Orange, Tipene O'Regan, Anne Salmond, Angela Wanhalla, Albert Wendt.
An online directory of academic, peer-reviewed, open access books. Search by keyword or browse by subject.
Coverage: Full text
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals, covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.
A collection of electronic versions of significant New Zealand books originally published in the nineteenth century. Provided by the University of Auckland. Full-text searchable.
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.
Oxford's Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas, in ebook format, in the arts and humanities; including History, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.
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.
A non-profit digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form providing free access to webpages, books and texts, audio recordings (including live concerts) videos (including TV news), images and software programmes.  Their mission is to provide 'Universal Access to all Knowledge'.
Coverage: 1785 - six years ago
The complete digital edition of the Times (London) is a primary source for researchers of world history, politics, and literature. Contains articles and letters to the editor from famous writers. The entire newspaper has been captured and is searchable, including all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photographs.
Coverage: Index
Access to records for over 1.2 billion items, including theses, books and articles from all parts of the world. WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world, and grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals. There are links to full-text where this is available.

Encyclopedias

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.

Journals

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.
New Zealand Crafts (1982-1991) and its successor Craft New Zealand (1991-1993) were produced by the Crafts Council of New Zealand to showcase and promote craft, visual and applied art in New Zealand. A veritable who's who of artists, galleries, craft retailers and art schools in New Zealand at the time, this magazine contains articles, letters, photography, artist biographies, and advice to artists.
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.The Journal began in 1892 and covers topics related to the past and present lives and cultures of peoples of Pacific/Oceanic heritage, including those of the traditional cultural areas of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.  The early issues of the Journal contain indigenous texts and traditions contributed by Pacific peoples, as well as by missionaries and other sojourners, often published in local languages with English translations. Contributing scholars have included social/cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, linguists and physical/biological anthropologists. More recently they have been joined by sociologists, political scientists, economists and other scholars.  Full text searchable.
This online peer-reviewed scholarly journal in the humanities published yearly by the Turnbull Library in association with the Friends of the Turnbull Library since 1940. It contains a wide range of material, with special emphasis on the societies of New Zealand, Australia, and the islands of the Pacific. Other topics are the history of printing, early printed books, John Milton and his contemporaries, and fine printing. These are areas in which the Alexander Turnbull Library’s own collections and research interests are particularly strong.

Top Resources

The Green Guide to New Zealand History Resources has been produced jointly by the New Zealand Collection of the University of Waikato Library and the University's History Programme for over twenty five years. This edition of the Green Guide to New Zealand History Resources has been revised in April 2019 by New Zealand Collection staff. Suggestions for improvements and alterations would be appreciated. Please email nzc@waikato.ac.nz.

Websites

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.
DigitalNZ is the search site for all things New Zealand, and connects you to more than 39 million digital items on all topics from over 200 partners (libraries, museums, galleries, government departments, the media, community groups and others). Contains interviews, video, newspaper clippings, maps, photographs, audio and artworks from past centuries to today.
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.
NZ's audio visual archive cares for an ever-growing collection of films, radio, television, sound recordings, props and documents spanning 120 years of Aotearoa’s sound and moving image history. The collection includes film and television, sound and radio recordings, as well as video games, posters, artefacts and documents sourced from:
  • The New Zealand Film Archive, Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua
  • The Sound Archives, Ngā Taonga Kōrero
  • The Radio New Zealand Archive
  • The Television New Zealand Archive
  • The NZ Broadcasting Service Mobile Unit collection
  • The Taonga Māori collection
Many other diverse collections including oral histories, home movies, and experimental works.
This website showcases NZ television, film and music video. You can view over 900 locally-made titles in full, or as excerpts, from 1943-2010. Many titles have background pieces written by those involved in the production. For each title there are profiles of the key cast and crew, and links to related information.
Provides access to descriptions of the unpublished manuscripts and pictures collections of New Zealand and Pacific material in the Alexander Turnbull Library.