Wellington City Libraries

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Government and Law

New Zealand Government Resources

New Zealand Legislation

This website provides free public access to New Zealand statutes (Public, Local, and Private Acts) and Statutory Regulations. Legislation on the website has amendments incorporated to provide a snapshot of the law as it currently stands. Amendments are added as soon as possible. Superceded legislation is also available on the site, by clicking on 'see other versions' when browsing a particular Act or Regulation. Legislation can be either browsed or searched.

New Zealand Legislation

Waitangi Tribunal Reports

This site includes the published reports of the Waitangi Tribunal as well as information about the Tribunal and its duties. Full reports are in pdf format.

Waitangi Tribunal Reports

New Zealand Government Portal

This site is a portal to all central and local government bodies and the services they provide (including Statistics NZ). Provides background information on New Zealand's history, constitution and government, as well as links to Ministries and Departments.

Search here for information on taxation, dog, firearm or drivers licences, building or travel permits, dealing with tenancy or other neighbourhood issues, starting a family or starting a business, and a lot more.

NZ Government Portal

New Zealand History - Politics and Government

Includes information about political milestones, protest and reform, the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori leadership, Heads of State, Parliament and the people, the work of government, and New Zealand in the world.

New Zealand History - Politics and Government


Library Finding Aids

Law Pathfinder

Information on using Wellington City Libraries' legal resources is available from the Law Pathfinder. The collection includes Legislation, Brookers and Butterworth books, law journals and reports.

Library Law Pathfinder

Treaty of Waitangi Pathfinder

For locating Treaty of Waitangi information in the library, check out our Treaty of Waitangi Pathfinder.

Library Treaty of Waitangi Pathfinder


Online "premium" databases

Premium databases you can access for free with your library card that have some law/government content. Not a member? Join online

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Oxford Reference Online: Law

Oxford Reference Online provides access to works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource - law content includes A Dictionary of Law, The Oxford Companion to American Law, and The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions.

Oxford Reference Online

ProQuest Research Library

Features a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. Nearly 4,000 titles, over 2,800 in full text. Law related titles include American Journal of Family Law, American Law and Economics Review, The Australian Journal of Asian Law, Chinese Journal of International Law, Criminal Justice Ethics, European Journal of Law and Economics, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and many more.

ProQuest Research Library


Other useful sites

These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:

Community Law manual online

The Community Law Manual deals with many areas of community and personal life and provides answers and solutions to common legal questions. Easy to read information on areas of New Zealand law where people often experience problems, this site is a great starting point to search for information about the law and legal issues.

Community Law Manual Online