National Library Resources

Search - National Library of New Zealand

Researchers - searching the collections of the National Library of New Zealand and Alexander Turnbull Library has been simplified!

The role of the Alexander Turnbull Library is to "... collect, preserve and make accessible words, pictures and sounds that tell us about the history and cultures of the people of New Zealand and the Pacific".


The home page of the National Library of New Zealand is


A - Js Online

A to Js Online  contains a collection of digitised volumes of the Appendices of the Journals of the House of Representatives (New Zealand).   Also known as AJHR, these are a collection of government-related reports published every year from 1858.  These cover many subjects, including government departments and activities of the governement of the day.

Coverage now starts at 1858 and comes through to the early the twentieth century. 

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All the reports in the volumes are fully searchable and can also be browsed by session, volume and section name. 

Index New Zealand

Looking for an article in a New Zealand newspaper or magazine?  Use Index New Zealand (INNZ) to search for articles on your chosen subject. 

Not full text - if article is not held locally, ask about Interloaning it from another library.

Available in our libraries (no charge) or from home.

Manuscripts & Pictorial

Digitised Manuscripts and Pictorial Collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library

"On this website you can browse the digitised Manuscripts and Pictorial collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library, including 100,000 pages from the papers of Sir Donald McLean and more than 70,000 New Zealand and Pacific images.

"More than 50,000 New Zealand and Pacific images from the Alexander Turnbull Library, the research library within the National Library of New Zealand, are available on this website."

Includes collections of particular interest to Hawke's Bay & Ngati Kahungunu:

Māori Subject Headings

Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku has been developed as part of the Māori Subject Headings Project jointly sponsored by LIANZA, Te Rōpū Whakahau and the National Library of New Zealand.

This provides a structured path to subjects to assist researchers find material in libraries.

Papers Past

Digitised historic newspapers

Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals.

The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 77 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

Search full text at

A useful tool for family history research or for anyone keen on our history.  Even the advertisements are interesting.


Unpublished manuscripts

TIAKI provides access to descriptions of the unpublished manuscripts and pictures collections of New Zealand and Pacific material in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

To use the original material you need to visit the National Library in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Digitised Papers Presented to the Royal Society of NZ 1868-1961 and Proceedings of the Society


"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 [also Elsdon Best].

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..."

Local Content

There was a Hawke's Bay Philosophical Institute. Typing local names in Search brings up many results. 

Hastings, Heart of Hawke's Bay
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