New Zealand



National Library Catalogues


National Library of New Zealand Catalogue

National Library of New Zealand Catalogue The library collects all material published in or written about New Zealand. This catalogue includes books, magazines, journals, videos, microfiche, maps, compact discs and CD-ROMs held by the Library, including the Alexander Turnbull Library and School Services. Talk to library staff about requesting an item from the National Library.

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New Zealand Libraries Catalogue

The New Zealand Libraries Catalogue provides information and links to all the items held in New Zealand Libraries. You can search for any item and it will tell you which libraries in New Zealand hold a copy

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Tapuhi is the catalogue of the Alexander Turnbull Library’s unpublished manuscripts and archives, drawings, prints, maps, cartoons, photographs and music relating to New Zealand people, history and culture. To use the material listed in TAPUHI you need to visit the National Library in Wellington, but you can see selected images in the digital collections.

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Publications New Zealand

Publications New Zealand is a record of New Zealand publications listed in the National Bibliography. The site enables you to search for print and electronic publications from or about New Zealand, or by New Zealand authors.

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FindNZArticles enables you to search a number of New Zealand libraries and institutions, indexes to New Zealand newspapers and journals.

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Acquiring Indexed Material
Once you have identified the required article it can be obtained by contacting Westland District Library and using the Inter- Library Loan service.



Articles and Websites

Papers Past

Papers Past contains digitized pages from New Zealand newspapers and periodicals published between 1839 and 1915. It covers 40 titles from throughout New Zealand. You can now search the full text of more than half the newspapers, and over time all will become searchable.

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Index New Zealand

INNZ is an Index of New Zealand of articles published in New Zealand magazines and newspapers and publications about New Zealand and the South Pacific. INNZ contains descriptions and articles from approximately 1000 publications. You may be able to request a copy of those articles from Westland District Library.

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The Journal of the Polynesian Society

The Polynesian society aims to promote the scholarly study of past and present New Zealand Maori and other Pacific Island peoples and cultures 1892-1991

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Heritage Texts


New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

Here you can search and browse an open digital library of New Zealand and Pacific Island documentary heritage material as well as new born-digital work and research from Victoria University. The collection contains over 1400 texts and will continue to grow through projects to support teaching, learning and research at the university

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Te Ao Hou

This website lets you search and browse all 76 issues of the magazine Te Ao Hou The New World. Te Ao Hou was published from 1952 to 1976 by the Māori Affairs Department in New Zealand Aotearoa. According to its first editorial, Te Ao Hou aimed "to provide interesting and informative reading for Maori homes … like a marae on paper, where all questions of interest to the Maori can be discussed." Te Ao Hou features bilingual content, with articles in both English and te reo Māori

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Early New Zealand Books

The Early New Zealand Books Project has been developed by staff at The University of Auckland Library. It aims to provide the keyword-searchable text of significant books published about New Zealand in the nineteenth century.

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Alexander Turnbull Library : Manuscripts and Pictorial

For digitised papers of Sir Donald McLean and New Zealand and Pacific images

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Research papers

New Zealand Research

This website is a gateway to the open-access research documents produced at universities, polytechnics, and other research institutions throughout New Zealand

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Royal Society of New Zealand

The Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand is one of New Zealand's most important research publications, particularly for science. Contributors to the Transactions include James Hector, William Colenso, Charles Fleming, Thomas Hocken, and Ernest Rutherford.

The Royal Society (known as the New Zealand Institute before 1933) was established in 1867 to co-ordinate and assist the activities of a number of regional research societies including the Auckland Institute, the Wellington Philosophical Society and the Otago Institute. These societies often did not have the means to publish the papers that were presented to them or maintain a written record of their activities. The NZ Institute was set up to remedy this through the publication of a single volume of transactions and proceedings on their behalf

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Images & Multimedia


Time Frames

Time Frames is an online database of more than 50.000 paintings, drawings, portraits and photographs from the Alexander Turnbull Library relating to New Zealand’s heritage. You can browse the collection by subject or search by a word or phrase. High-quality image copies can be ordered online using the ‘shopping basket’.

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Digital New Zealand

DigitalNZ is an initiative that aims to make New Zealand digital content easy to find, share and use. This includes content from government departments, publicly funded organisations, the private sector, and community groups

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Te Ara

New Zealand's online encyclopedia; a comprehensive guide to our people, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.

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Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography contains biographies for over 3,000 New Zealanders. It is available in both English and Maori. All volumes of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography are available online.

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New Zealand History

New Zealand history website produced by professional historians for a general audience. Includes a broad range of topics divided between Culture and society

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EBSCO - Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre

Australia/NZ Reference Centre combines Australia and New Zealand specific magazines, newspapers, newswires, and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to public libraries, schools, and academic institutions.

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