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Australia & New Zealand Newsstream

Newspapers from New Zealand and Australia covering regional and international topics updated daily, that can often be searched back many years. Some titles include:

  • The Dominion Post
  • The New Zealand Herald
  • The Press (Christchurch)
  • Past issues of The Evening Post and The Dominion
  • The Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Age (Melbourne)

Bridget Williams Books - New Zealand Sign Language Collection

The collection includes two titles by Rachel McKee: New Zealand Sign Language - A Reference Grammar, and People of the Eye - Stories from the Deaf World

Bridget Williams Books - Te Pouhere Kōrero

Te Pouhere Kōrero is a journal authored by a collective of established Māori historians. The ten volumes of Te Pouhere Kōrero: Māori History, Māori People explore the rich narratives of Māori and indigenous history. Covering a wide range of topics, the collection provides a valuable resource for research on the history and culture of Aotearoa New Zealand. Search and browse them all below.

Bridget Williams Books - Text Collection

A diverse group of short eBooks on the big issues facing New Zealand. Dive in to discover stories, insights and analysis by some of New Zealand's best writers and commentators

Bridget Williams Books - The NZ History Collection

Provides online access to over thirty years of award-winning history and biography publishing from Bridget Williams Books - includes over New Zealand history 90 titles

Bridget Williams Books - Treaty of Waitangi Collection

Gathers together some of the finest writing and scholarship on New Zealand's founding document online - including access to award-winning histories and commentaries, such as Claudia Orange's The Treaty of Waitangi

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

This website contains over 3,000 biographies of past New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country. Entries are posthumous only - there are no entries for still living prominent New Zealanders.


Search and discover millions of NZ images, text, video and audio from the digital stores of libraries, museums, archives, communities, and government

Explora Australia/New Zealand

A reference source for high school and tertiary students that searches across multiple sources in a single search. The New Zealand topic overviews are a feature in Explora that provides users with a helpful starting point for research.

Index New Zealand

An index of abstracts and descriptions of articles in New Zealand publications over the last 30 years to the present in English, and from September 2007 in te reo Māori. Although INNZ doesn't have the full text of articles, it indexes a huge number of New Zealand magazines, newspapers and journals, and can be hugely useful for finding articles in your area of interest.

Libby, by OverDrive

Read and listen to eBooks & eAudiobooks - over 50,000 titles available across all genres, including New Zealand authors

New Zealand Government

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

New Zealand History

Information and resources from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Three broad categories showcase themes in New Zealand history: culture and society, politics and government and New Zealand at war.

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

Papers Past

Digitised New Zealand newspapers, periodicals, letters, diaries and parliamentary papers from 1839 to 1945. Coverage includes The Evening Post from 1865 to 1945, and The Dominion from 1907 to 1920, plus many other early Wellington region publications.

PressReader New Zealand publications

Gives same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of New Zealand newspapers and magazines, with titles going back 90 days.

Note: Stuff Ltd PressReader publications, including The Post are now only available for in-library use (more information about the Stuff Ltd PressReader publications change).

You can access PressReader through your browser or with the PressReader app.

Statistics NZ

Browse New Zealand statistics by topic - a number of tools available

Te Aka - Māori Dictionary Project

Search the Maori dictionary with the online version of Te Aka Maori-English, English-Maori Dictionary and Index. A comprehensive, online bilingual dictionary that includes encyclopaedic entries, idioms and grammatical explanations.

Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

In Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. Through interlinking text and image trails, the Encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery. The site also includes New Zealand's last official encyclopedia from 1966. It is published here in full, with all the original drawings, maps and photographs

Te Puna Search

The National Library of New Zealand's New Zealand Union Catalogue - detailing the holdings of all New Zealand libraries across the country. Once you find the particular item you require you can go directly to the online catalogues of the holding libraries to see if it is available.

If you wish to borrow an item from another NZ library, please read the Interloans information.

Wellington Recollect

Interested in our city's history? Wellington City Recollect draws upon the library's collections of photographs, postcards, vintage pamphlets, theatre programmes and more. Discover Wellington through time.