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.




  • 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



Genealogy and family history resources available at Porirua City Libraries

Other genealogy and family history resources


  • Hansard Reports – listing page. Here you can read the official report of debates in the House of Representatives


  • Health Navigator NZ – reliable and trustworthy health information and self-care resources
  • Health 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.



  • Journal of the Polynesian Society – the Library holds physical copies from 1923–2002
  • Job Hunters' Workbook – covers what skills employers are looking for and gives you the latest information on writing a CV, applying for jobs and interviews
  • Jobs for Mums Website – the website lists jobs in 30+ career fields that meet the needs of families


  • 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. There's job listings from all over the country, in loads of different industries. It’s easy to access from phones and tablets



  • Māori, Pasifika & New Zealand History resources




  • 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
  • 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



  • 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 is here to help you access and use the collective knowledge of the nation
  • 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 – this 5 page PDF details changes to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 effective from 6 February 2021


  • UK Genealogy – family history records from the United Kingdom



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