Links for Research and Local History

Whether you need help for that homework or research project, or you want to dig deeper into local or your own history, the links below will help you.

Aotearoa New Zealand 

Papers Past provides access to millions of pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers from both the 19th & 20th century.

Te Ara or Encyclopedia of New Zealand is the complete guide to our peoples, environment, history, culture and society.

He Tohu has resources about the documents that shaped our history including The Treaty of Waitangi.

Digital NZ allows you to search 30+ million New Zealand items across 300+ collections.

Index New Zealand contains abstracts of articles from New Zealand magazines and newspapers.

Legislation New Zealand contains New Zealand Acts, Regulations, Bills, and Hansard.


Births Deaths & Marriages allows you to search and order New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages (BDM)

Ancestry can help you find and create your family tree. You can access the full version of Ancestry for free when you visit your local branch. Just tell the librarian you would like to use Ancestry and they can give you 30 minutes of free computer use to access the resource.

Local History

The Queenstown Historical Society collates historical resources from the Wakatipu and beyond, and offers digital access the Queenstown Courier magazine.

The Upper Clutha Historical Records Society preserves the records that make up the history of the Wanaka and Upper Clutha area. These records include photographs, diaries, minute books, station records, maps, newspaper clippings, family histories, Upper Clutha Pioneer Family Register and cemetery records. These are all held in a specially built fireproof room at the Wanaka Library.
Records can be accessed by contacting the Society.

Read the latest edition of the UCHRS newsletter Those were the days

The Southern Regional News Index contains 250,000 records dated from 1993 onwards from a number of newspapers and magazines. Other periods have also been indexed, including the 1850s and the 1930s-40s, and relate to Dunedin, Otago and Southland events and people.