Research resources

It's not just about the books here at Porirua Library. We also subscribe to databases and research tools from around the world and curate a list of useful websites.

It's not just about the books here at Porirua Library. We also subscribe to databases and research tools from around the world and curate a list of useful websites.


Use your library card and PIN to access over 7,000 newspapers and magazines in more than 60 languages. Click here for the How to guide for Pressreader

Generosity New Zealand

New users You will need to sign up with an email to use givUS which is funding for organisations, or to use givME which is funding for individuals. Click here for the Sign up link, for the first time. Next time use this Log in link. If you are a past user you may need to reset you password by using this Reset password link.

What should I read next

Have you run out of ideas for what to read next? Try these online tools we've compiled that help you to find fresh reading material (fiction or non-fiction) , based on what you already like. And if you still have no joy, you'll find an email contact for getting us on board with your search.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly

Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. Get started with your library card.Learn more

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Careers NZ resources

Here are some job resources you may find useful:

  • Did you know there are two types of CV
  1. Skills-focused CV – useful for career changers, school leavers or people with gaps in work history.
  2. Work-focused CV – useful for showcasing work experience and for people progressing to the next stage in their career.

Click here for CV resources.

  • Interview tip, how to answer the Treaty of Waitangi question

Have you ever been asked in an interview “how will you uphold the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in this job?” or “what is your understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi?”.

Click here to read this article on participation, protection, & partnership.

  • Job Hunters' Workbook

This job hunters work book, is a good start to help orientate you on your job hunting journey.

Click here to download the Job Hunters workbook PDF.

  • What four things should you do after the interview?

Click here for four tips on what to do after an interview.


Te Ara, the Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. It is a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.

Te Ara includes more than 3,000 biographies, most originally published in the Dictionary of New Zealand biography (DNZB).


Te Aka is a dictionary with encyclopedic entries including the names of plants and animals (especially native and endemic species), stars, planets and heavenly bodies, important Māori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups and ancestral canoes. This dictionary is indexed to the Te Whanake Māori language series of narrative texts and resources.

Pacific languages and grammar

The Australian National University Library has recently completed digitisation of an extensive collection of Pacific language bibles and supporting grammars.

National Library Catalogue:

  • Collect : New Zealand's documentary taonga in words, sounds and pictures are collected, protected and accessible
  • Connect : New Zealanders can easily access national and international resources through knowledge networks
  • Co-create : New Zealanders working together to turn knowledge into value

Te Puna Search

Te Puna Search is a web-based search service giving access to what is held in New Zealand libraries and worldwide.

Index New Zealand (INNZ)

This is a searchable database at the National Library that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from about 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers published from the 1950s to the present day.


Study University courses or improve your English for the IELTS exam, the workplace, or your next holiday. Click here to browse the selection of online courses.

  • Health Navigator NZ is a guide to healthcare and the health system in New Zealand;  
  • PubMed has citations for biomedical literature.

Go to our Genealogy Resource Collection webpage for further information about the family history resources available at Porirua City Libraries.

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