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This area is intended to provide resources and information relevant to general New Zealand research and is targeted at those less familiar with resources available online. For area-specific resources, take a look at the various regional projects available. Feel free to contribute by contacting the project coordinator.

Archives and Libraries

Archives New Zealand and the National Library of New Zealand are the principal repositories for New Zealand records. The former ensures access to and preservation of those official records which have significantly affected the development of New Zealand. The role of the latter is to collect and maintain literature and information resources that relate to New Zealand and the Pacific.

Family History Centers in New Zealand, provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


The New Zealand Genealogical Look Up Exchange list resources relating to New Zealand which volunteers are willing to search on request.

Civil Registration

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in New Zealand in 1848.

A project involving the conversion of records to electronic form has been completed, with original records being archived. Records which could not be converted because of their condition have been transcribed and micrographic copies of these are still available.

The replacement of micrographic copies with electronic print-outs offers a significant enhancement in the quality of records available and paves the way for new online services.

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Applications for copies of registrations must be made to:

    Births, Deaths and Marriages
    PO Box 10 526

    Phone: 64 4 474 8150 (or 0800 225 252 within New Zealand)
    Fax: 64 4 382 3515
    Internet: Births, Deaths and Marriages

Two types of copies are available: electronic printout and certified. Electronic printouts are generally of more value to the genealogist, as they include more information than is available on certified copies. The basic fees (effective from 1 September 2003) are:

  • electronic printout: 1848 to 1874 - $NZ26.00;
  • certified copy: $NZ26.00

These fees do not cover searching for a specific registration. The basic search fee includes a search of the index for one event under one name for a given year and one year either side, although you may continue the same search with a fee for each additional year:

  • search of index: $NZ15.00
  • continuation of search: $NZ1.00

Overseas customers incur the following postage fees:

  • Australia / South Pacific: $NZ1.50
  • anywhere else in the world: $NZ2.00

Description and Travel

New Zealand is an ideal destination to visit and Tourism New Zealand's role is to let the world know. Tourisminfo has information on getting to New Zealand through to people and history.


The Telecom New Zealand White Pages and Telecom New Zealand Yellow Pages are the principal directories for residential and business contact information, respectively.

Emigration and Immigration

Archives New Zealand holds records of government-assisted immigrants from 1840 to 1888, and ships' passenger lists from the 1880s to 1972.

Online AUSNZ Passenger Lists is designed to help family historians locate passenger lists for migrant ships to Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand Bound is dedicated to identifying genealogical resources to assist in locating which New Zealand bound ship an immigrant ancestor was aboard.

Denise & Peter's Our Stuff has a reasonable number of transcribed passenger lists of immigrants to New Zealand.


Use the search facility below to search the New Zealand Place Names Database.


Mailing Lists:
  • The NEW-ZEALAND list is a mailing list for anyone who has an interest in genealogy or general and local history related to New Zealand and its regions, hosted by Hugh Winters.

  • The GENANZ list is a mailing list for anyone who has an interest in genealogy or general and local history related to Australia and New Zealand. It is the oldest and most extensive mailing list for the region, hosted by Andrew Billinghurst. It is gatewayed with the with the soc.genealogy.australia+nz newsgroup.


A key resource for those researching their Maori genealogy is Whakapapa Maori.

Visit for a variety of whakapapa resources.

History aims to be your first port of call for information on New Zealand history.

Military History

The New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Archives holds Navy, Army and Air Force personnel files for discharged personnel who have served with the New Zealand Forces from the Boer War to current time.

Archives New Zealand holds rolls and other records from various military units, including soldiers who fought for the Crown in the New Zealand Wars.


STUFF, the home of Independent Newspapers Ltd, with news from across the country.

Politics and Government

New Zealand Government Online is the gateway to the New Zealand government.

The Public Access to Legislation Project provides free access to New Zealand legislation.

Probate Records

Archives New Zealand holds probate files (which usually include the will of the deceased) from most High Courts throughout New Zealand.


The New Zealand Society of Genealogists publishes a bi-monthly magazine, The New Zealand Genealogist and provides research services and an extensive library for the use of members.

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