Research resources

This handy page provides links to resources including: New Zealand Government websites, encyclopedias, dictionaries, white pages, regional council flood maps and legal resources.

This handy page provides links to resources including: New Zealand Government websites, encyclopedias, dictionaries, white pages, regional council flood maps and legal resources.


Almanac infoplease is a reference and learning site combining: an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several almanacs.

Archives New Zealand official constitutional documents, government papers, data, maps, and films.

Atlas the Digital Atlas Project is for students and teachers. Up-to-date world and regional maps.


Biographical resources – Dictionary of New Zealand Biography


Career resources

Cartographic Collection – early maps of New Zealand and the South Pacific by settlers, sailors, missionaries and government surveyors

Community Law Manual – Plain language legal information


Te Aka Dictionary – includes key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups and ancestral canoes

DigitalNZ – the search site for all things New Zealand. We connect you to reliable digital collections


EncyclopediaTe Ara the natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and people of New Zealand


FutureLearn – courses to improve your English Click here for course information.


Genealogy and family history resources

Greater Wellington Regional Council plans, reports, policies, bylaws, schemes & publications


Hansard Reports – read the official report of debates in the House of Representatives


  • Health Navigator NZ – reliable and trustworthy health information and self-care resources
  • Need to talk? 1737 Mental Health free call 1737 or free text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day. You’ll get to talk to (or text with) a trained counsellor or talk to a peer support worker

Homework help

  • AnyQuestions – online help to assist New Zealand students with their inquiries. Between 1pm and 6pm weekdays you can log on and chat with a real librarian about your inquiry.
  • Many Answers – here you can search for answers to popular homework questions asked on AnyQuestions.


Index New Zealand (INNZ) – articles from New Zealand periodicals, journals, magazines and newspapers


Journal of the Polynesian Society – the Library holds physical copies from 1923–2002

Jobs for Mums Website – the website lists jobs in 30+ career fields that meet the needs of families

Job Hunters' Workbook – the latest information on writing a CV, applying for jobs and interviews


Ka Mua – WAI 262 – the Crown’s existing laws, policies and practices

Kapi-Mana News (Porirua) – November 1949-1966 on microfilm, in the Porirua Library's Local Heritage Resource Centre

Kimi Mahi Mai | Find a Job – looking for a job? Start with Kimi Mahi Mai – Find a Job website.



Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand – collects, preserves and makes available for research the records and personal papers of LGBTTFIQ people and organisations in New Zealand


Māori, Pasifika & New Zealand History resources


Flood Risk Map for Porirua – areas where there is a 1% possibility of flooding occurring in any given year

Topo Maps – interactive topographic map of New Zealand.


National Library Catalogue – taonga in words, sounds and pictures

NZ govt websites


Official Yearbook – Statistics New Zealand Selected volumes digitised, from 1893 onwards


Pacific Virtual Museum – explore, discover, view and celebrate the rich diverse cultural heritage of the Pacific

Papers Past – delivers digitised full-text New Zealand and Pacific newspapers, magazines and journals, books, and other formats.

PubMed – search biomedical and life sciences literature.


Queer history –this research guide provides a starting place for those interested in researching queer/LGBTQIA+ history in Aotearoa New Zealand


Road Code – New Zealand – step-by-step guide for each stage of your driver licence


Studylink – make informed choices about your student finances. How to apply for it and manage it online


Te Heke Mai – online coaching and mentoring service to help you grow the skills to manage life, and work challenges

Te Puna National Library – the National Library of New Zealand

Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 – the primary legislation for Māori land that aims to balance the protection of Māori land for future generations with the ability to use and develop land to meet the aspirations of whānau

Amendments to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 – details changes to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 effective from 6 February 2021


UK Genealogy – family history records from the United Kingdom


Waitangi Tribunal reports – in PDF format or to purchase in hard copy

Web resources – homework resources

White Pages – New Zealand

White Pages – Australia


Young Adult Reference Collection – hard copies of a: dictionary, atlas, encyclopedia, and college subject guides