Ian Matheson City Archives (Palmerston North City Council)

All requests for information from the Palmerston North City Council Collection must be made to Heritage, 2nd Floor, Palmerston North Central Library. Separate charges apply, as set by the Palmerston North City Council.

We strongly advise booking archives for viewing to ensure access when you visit.

The Palmerston North City Council was originally formed in 1877 as a Borough Council. In 1930 it became a City Council and in the local government reorganisation of the 1980s the boundaries were expanded to take in parts of Oroua County Council and most of Kairanga County Council.

The PNCC Collection contains the records of the City Council and numerous predecessor organisations such as the County Councils, Road Boards, Town Boards and Domain Boards that operated within the current City Boundaries from 1872-1989.

 The types of records found in the PNCC archives include:

  • Minute books and other meeting papers
  • Correspondence files
  • Rate books and valuation rolls
  • Survey plans
  • Engineering plans
  • Town planning records
  • Electoral rolls
  • Photographs (including aerials)
  • Accounts records
  • Bylaws

Requesting Information

The PNCC Collection is stored at the Ian Matheson City Archives, which is based in the Central Library building, Palmerston North. Visiting to access information is encouraged during opening hours, with staff available to discuss your research needs.  Distance queries may also be made via email or phone. When requesting information please ensure you have noted the reference number, title and date of the entries you are interested in, and clearly state what information you are hoping to locate. Please note that some material may be too fragile to copy.

Ian Matheson City Archives (Palmerston North City Council)


Located:Heritage, 2nd Floor, Central Library, Palmerston North
Open:Mon, Tues, Fri 9.30am - 6pm; Wed 10am – 6pm; Thurs 9.30am – 8pm; Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1-4pm
Phone:(06) 351 4100
Email:Heritage
Postal:PO Box 1948, Palmerston North 4440
Website:http://citylibrary.pncc.govt.nz
Council Website:Palmerston North City Council

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Elmira Avenue House No. 10 - photograph of streetscape and house.

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