Wellington City Libraries

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Ngā pātengi raraunga o Aotearoa me Te Whanganui-a-Tara Aotearoa NZ & Wellington databases

On this page, you'll find information about the libraries' New Zealand and Wellington information indexes.


  • Wellington Local History database

    Primarily based around a collection of newspaper articles, dating back to the 1940s when the clipping and indexing of local newspapers first began at the Libraries. It covers a vast number of topics relating to the history and development of Wellington City and the surrounding region. The complete article can be viewed by either requesting the listed WVF subject file from library staff at Central Library, or requesting to see a microfilmed copy of the original newspaper.

  • Evening Post clipping database, 1927-1977

    The Evening Post Clippings Collection contains several hundred thousand newspaper clippings collected between 1927 and 1977. It was originally assembled and maintained by Evening Post library staff as a reference collection by newspaper journalists and editors and is now housed on the 2nd Floor of the Central Library in 30 filing cabinets. Use the database to research events and incidents over a 50 year period without knowing the exact date of when they occurred. It is primarily New Zealand focused (with Wellington featuring prominently). (more about the Evening Post clipping database)

Aotearoa NZ:

  • Māori database

    This comprises both a collection of early newspaper and magazine clippings collected by Mr T.F. Grey, and also collection of articles on Māori people covering the years 1930 to the present day, many of them taken from the Dominion and Evening Post newspapers.

    Rohe/iwi mentioned include: Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Mataatua.

  • New Zealand artists' database

    This index is a guide to book and journal articles of reasonable length held in Wellington City Libraries on New Zealand artists. At present that means mainly painters, photographers, sculptors, and mixed media and installation artists, but as the database is expanded craft artists, jewellers, potters and architects will gradually be included.

  • Master mariners' database

    New Zealand's master mariners were featured in a series of Evening Post articles in 1958-1959. The profiles were written by Sydney Waters and mainly deal with Union Steam Ship Company captains.

    The clippings file is available at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of Central Library. You may print individual articles on the microfiche machines on the 2nd floor.

  • Cross database search

    If you aren't sure which database to choose or you want to search across all the databases at once, use the cross-database search for results.


Contact the database coordinators:

Heritage Links (Local History)