Genealogy & Whakapapa



Whether you’re just beginning to delve into your family history or you’re the designated family archivist, we can help you with your genealogy research

Some of the resources available for use in the library include:

  • Free access to library editions of the essential Findmypast and Ancestry databases.
  • Free access to other useful websites and resources such as PapersPast, the New Zealand Gazette Archive and the New Zealand Burials Index.
  • Access to Births, Deaths & Marriages indexes on microfiche.
  • Current & historical New Zealand Electoral rolls.
  • Local newspaper index and archives dating back to 1877 on microfilm.
  • Printing and photocopying options.
  • Scanning equipment – including a negative scanner – for saving precious heirlooms into a digital format.
  • A large borrowing collection of New Zealand history books, including the wider Manawatu, Rangitikei and Horowhenua regions, many of which are now out of print.
  • Plus a selection of genealogy magazines from around the world.

We also have expert volunteers from the New Zealand Genealogical Society available in the library to help you several times per week.

Heritage research archives microfilm


Whakapapa & Tribal Histories

If you are looking for Whakapapa or Tribal histories, here are some of our resources that may help you:

  • Otaki Māori Land Court Minute Books 1-78
  • The Journal of the Polynesian Society
  • Index to Māori Births (1911-1960), Deaths 1908-1960 and Marriages (1911-1951)
  • Māori Electoral Roles (from 1908)
  • Ancient History of the Māori – in both Te Reo Māori and English.  It covers Matauranga Māori, history & tradition, including karakia (prayers), pūrākau (myths), waita, whakapapa and whakatauki (proverbs).
  • Te Haurapa: An Introduction to Researching Tribal Histories and Traditions by Te Ahukaramū Royal

Research and archives Maori bird lore and paintings back covers