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A guide to historical research

We’ve developed innovative resources about New Zealand’s culture and heritage. Here’s a quick introduction to them and how they can assist you.

If you are researching New Zealand history or culture, we have a range of websites and other resources to help. Whether you’re a student, a teacher or just plain curious, you’ll find plenty of useful information here.


NZHistory covers three broad themes in New Zealand history - culture and society, politics and government, and war and society. You’ll find links to guides, external websites and tips for doing your own oral history.

This website also features a Guide to style.

Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Meaning ‘the pathway’ in Māori, Te Ara offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. Take a short trip through multimedia and short essays or dig deep into the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and the 1966 Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 

War history websites

We provide a range of websites dedicated to New Zealand’s military history, including the First World War Centenary Programme, 28th Māori Battalion and the Vietnam War Oral History Project. 

First World War Centenary Programme (archived website)
28th Māori Battalion website
Vietnam War Oral History Project

National Film Unit Collection

The National Film Unit (NFU) was a government film unit which operated between 1941 and 1989. Find out how to access the National Film Unit Collection.

Using National Film Unit footage

Updated on 7th October 2019