Links - documents and photographs


  • Declaration of Independence 1835 - Maori and English text. Also see the Waitangi Estate's site's page on the Declaration, and the Treaty of Watangi site, both of which also offer historical context and Busby's and Lord Glenelg's communications.
  • Transcript of the 1839 instructions to Hobson concerning his duties as Lieutenant-Governor of New Zealand.
  • Early New Zealand Books online - Full text of 1807-1890 works on New Zealand.
  • Electronic Text Collection - Full text of New Zealand history works online.
  • James Burney: The Maoris, 1772-73 - James Burney (1750-1821) wrote an account of Captain Cook's 1772-73 visit to New Zealand.
  • South Seas: Voyaging and cross-cultural encounters in the Pacific. Includes James Cook's, Joseph Bank's and Sydney Parkinson's accounts in full text.
  • Women's Suffrage Petition - Archives New Zealand page on the 1893 women's suffrage petition - includes image of petition.
  • Te Ao Hou - Full text of the magazine published by the Department of Māori Affairs between 1952 and 1976.
  • NZ national anthems - sheet music, sound files, Māori translation and history of 'God Defend New Zealand'
  • Niupepa: Maori newspapers 1842-1933. Includes a searchable database. Produced by NZ Digital Library in conjunction with the Alexander Turnbull Library.
  • The trail of Waitangi:   Short eyewitness accounts of  people and circumstances prior to the Treaty being signed, including Henry Williams's personal view of the Treaty. Site developed by Gary Williams.
  • Ranfurly and Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay Oral History Collections - two online digital collections from the Alexander Turnbull Library. The Ranfurly Collection is a digital database of the drawings, photographs, diaries, and illustrated reports created by Lord Ranfurly, Governor of New Zealand between 1897 and 1904, and his entourage. The Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay Community Centre Oral History Project is a digital database of life history interviews with seven long-term residents of Kilbirnie and Lyall Bay in Wellington. Participants discuss an area of Wellington that had undergone dramatic physical and social changes since the 1920s. The collection includes photographs and audio and video excerpts.
  • Papers Past - The National Library has launched Papers Past - a web site of New Zealand papers that provide a record of the country's daily life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Newspapers and periodicals have been digitised so that the pages of each edition can be browsed individually on the web, without the need to visit the Library and search microfilm or original papers. Users can navigate the site in English and Māori. For those wanting a place to start, an interesting exercise is to look up how the Tarawera eruption of 10 June 1886 was reported in various newspapers - particularly the Bay of Plenty Times
  • The Community Archive - New Zealand's hub for archival collections
  • New Zealand legislation - statutes / statutory regulations / local & private acts / bills .
  • Taonga collection - digitized works on Maori history and culture, including publications from the early Dominion Museum Monograph and Dominion Museum Bulletin series
  • New Zealand Official Yearbook - 1999 edition online. Provided by the Statistics New Zealand.
  • New Zealand historical data / created and compiled by Dawn Chambers - A personal web site offering a range of historical data - lists of earthquakes and other natural phenomena, fires, weather summaries, missing persons, coastal ship wrecks, and a page is designed to assist researchers who are using the NZ Society of Genealogists CD-ROM.
  • Living Heritage - Tikanga Tuku Iho - Online bilingual initiative enabling New Zealand schools to develop and publish an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community.
  • Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War
    Online version of 'Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945', prepared under the supervision of the War History Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs. Includes accounts of battalions, campaigns, prisoners of war and field medicine. Includes photographs and maps. Full tex in HTML and LIT formats. Project managed by Victoria University of Wellington's New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC).


  • Heritage maps - A selection of heritage maps from the Auckland City Library collection which have been Church Collections as well as significant maps from throughout New Zealand, from the 1830s to the 1950s.


Sound and Video

Photographs and art

  • Digital New Zealand - an online New Zealand image search portal which combines the digital collections of a number of major institutions.
  • National Library's website
  • Heritage Images Online - provided by Auckland City Libraries. Contains an online collection of heritage photographs by Henry Winkelmann (Auckland City photographs of the early part of the 20th century), Clifton Firth (a selection of portraits from 1940s-1970s) and Hermann Schmidt (First World War soldier portraits).
  • Auckland Art Gallery - includes a database containing images and information on about 99% of the 12,500 paintings in their collection.
  • Christchurch City Libraries' Photograph collection.
  • The Colonial View - Overview essay on New Zealand colonial painting and painters.
  • Ranfurly Collection - The Ranfurly Collection is an online collection of paintings and drawings, papers and photographs created by Lord Ranfurly, Governor of New Zealand from 1897 to 1904, and his entourage.
  • New Zealand Cartoon and Comics Archive
How to cite this page

'Historical documents and photographs links', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 5-Mar-2024