What We Have

We hold the archives of New Zealand government, including many national treasures. Find out what you can access from us, including information about our newest and most interesting archives.

About Archway

Archway is primarily an archival management system but it also acts as the Archives New Zealand online finding aid.

Over 6,000,000 Records

The records held by Archives New Zealand relate to almost every aspect of New Zealand life, and to the individual lives of New Zealanders, from the beginning of British Government in 1840 to the present day.

Audiovisual Collections

Explore the Archives rich collection of audiovisual material

Politicians' Papers

Archives New Zealand holds the papers of many former Prime Ministers and Ministers of the Crown. These are systematically being reviewed and where appropriate released for public access.

Open Data

The Open Data programme at Archives New Zealand provides researchers with an alternative access point to our archival collections.

Provenance of Power

New Zealand has a constitution – it is just not all written down in a single document. Many of the documents that make up New Zealand’s constitution are held by Archives New Zealand. This online gallery features twelve of the most important, historic, and significant constitutional milestones from our holdings.

Walter Nash Exhibition

New Zealand and the World as seen through the Political Papers of the Rt. Hon Sir Walter Nash G.C.M.G. C.H, P.C. (1882-1968).