Recommended Websites


New Zealand Government
Information about Parliament, cabinet and all government departments.

Local Councils
Information about Local Government in New Zealand.

NZ Legislation
NZ statutes, bills and statutory regulations.

Careers NZ
Advice and support about careers and CV templates.

Road Code
Licence information and study guide for the road code for cars, motorbikes and heavy vehicles.


Statistics NZ
Statistical information on population, economics, regions and more.

DigitalNZ Ā–Tihi o Aotearoa 
Connects to reliable digital collections from libraries, museums, galleries and more. Includes interviews, video, newspaper clippings, maps, photographs, audio and artworks from past to today.

Papers Past
Search historic newspapers including Southland papers and NZ  Parliamentary Papers.

Te Ara
Encyclopedia of NZ history, culture, places and more. Includes Dictionary of NZ Biography.

NZ Electronic Text Centre
Digitised texts of NZ and Pacific items.

Hocken Library
Hocken’s collections celebrate the histories, cultures and natural environments of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica with special emphasis on southern New Zealand. Includes Hockensnapshot – photographs of NZ people and places.

Archives New Zealand
Archives New Zealand holdings include taonga such as the Treaty of Waitangi te Tiriti o Waitangi, government documents, maps, paintings, photographs and films.

Alexander Turnbull Library
The Alexander Turnbull Library provides world-class research services. Turnbull Library staff are experts in all kinds of topic areas, and research in general.

Family History

Invercargill Cemetery Search
Allows you to search the Eastern, Bluff, Green Point, and Saint Johns Cemeteries, and the Invercargill Crematorium databases.

Southland District Cemeteries
Search the Southland District cemeteries for ancestors.

Births Deaths and Marriages Online
Provides historical data only.

Papers Past
Digitised, searchable historic newspapers including Southland Times 1862-1920.

NZ Yesteryears
Passenger lists for ships that came to Southland.

Online Cenotaph
A biographical resource which contains information on people who served in the New Zealand military.

Marks the First World War centenary from 2014-2019.


Maori Land Online
Ownership, trustees and information about customary Maori land.

Maori Land Court
What is Maori land and how to apply to the Maori Land Court.

Maori Land Court Minute Books Index
Minutes were kept of all Maori Land Court proceedings and this is an index only to the Minute Books.
Tikanga, whakairo, te ko reo.

Maori Land Legislation 
Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.

Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
Everything Ngai Tahu.

Journal of the Polynesian Society
Social, cultural, historical information about the past and present lives of indigenous Pacific peoples, including Maori.

He Tohu Exhibition
He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of three iconic constitutional documents that helped shape Aotearoa New Zealand and what it has become today.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Te Tiriti o Waitangi is Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding document. This site covers the events that led up to the Treaty.  It explains what is written in the documents, and the crucial differences between the Māori and English versions.