Useful Websites for Researchers

This page contains links to a number of outside websites with online information that may be of use to researchers. 

Manawatū-Whanganui Sites

Feilding and Districts Community Archive
The Feilding and Districts Community Archive contains material from many local clubs and organisations, both current and defunct.

Feilding Public Library - Online Collection
An online resource of photographs and scanned index cards relating to the history of the Feilding district.

Ian Matheson City Archives - Community Archives
The Ian Matheson City Archives - Community Archives are records of local organisations, businesses, individuals and families. These are not listed on the Archives Central website and are held by the Heritage Team at Palmerston North City Library.

Kete Horowhenua
Kete Horowhenua is a knowledge basket of images, audio, video and documents which are collected and catalogued by the community and the Library.

Kete Tararua
Kete Tararua is an online digital repository of media generated and uploaded by the community. Here you will find stories, photos, videos and audio of the land and people of Tararua.

Manawatū Heritage
Originally named Pataka Ipurangi, this site was created by the Palmerston North City Library Heritage Team and includes photographs, documents, maps, plans and other items of interest for the Manawatū region.

National Sites

Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives
The Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives 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.

Archives New Zealand
Archives of the New Zealand Government. This site also includes a Family Search website for scanned versions of the Immigration Ships Passenger Lists and Probates (wills).

Births, Deaths and Marriages
Website for ordering Birth, Death and Marriage certificates. Database entries are searchable for historical events that occured 50 to 100 years ago.

Partnering curiosity with information, DigitalNZ began with a purpose: to bring the wealth of digital New Zealand content into one, accessible place. DigitalNZ's mandate is to promote open standards, formats and interoperability, and have kept to that thinking throughout the years.

Digitised Year Book Collection
The New Zealand Official Yearbook has provided a comprehensive statistical picture of life in New Zealand and this website includes transcripts of all Yearbooks for 1893 to 2010.

Family Search
Includes scanned versions of the Immigration Ships Passenger Lists and Probates (wills) held by Archives NZ.

National Library
The National Library of New Zealand provides access and use of the collective knowledge of the nation. This includes:

  • Collect: New Zealand's documentary taonga in words, sounds and pictures are collected, protected and accessible
  • Connect: New Zealanders can easily access national and international resources through knowledge networks
  • Co-create: New Zealanders working together to turn knowledge into value

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. This encompasses both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources.

New Zealand Acts as Enacted
This database has been provided by the Parliamentary Counsel Office and is a database of New Zealand Acts from 1841 to 2007 as originally enacted.

Papers Past
Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes circa 100 publications from all regions of New Zealand. The site also includes magazines and journals, letters and diaries, as well as parliamentary papers.