Research Guides

These Archives New Zealand Research Guides contain summaries of commonly used records held at Archives New Zealand. The guides provide brief details of records held, including archives references, as well as advice about the information contained. Please note that the Research Guides are not comprehensive and can only cover a small proportion of Archives New Zealand's total holdings.

Citizenship
This research guide describes records in our Wellington office relating to citizenship, such as: naturalisation files, alien records, and Chinese records.

Personal Identity
This research guide describes records relating to: Births, Deaths and Marriages, Intentions to Marry, Coroner's Inquests, probates, divorce and other records.

War
This research guide describes Archives New Zealand's war records, from the nineteenth century, through to post-World War II.

Migration
This research guide describes records relating to: shipping, immigration, specific group/nationality migrations, and emigration.

Education
This research guide describes records relating to: the Department of Education, education boards, teachers and universities.

Mental Health
This research guide describes mental health records held in Archives New Zealand's Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin offices.

Government Employment
This research guide describes government employment records, such as: general lists, public service lists and departmental employment records.

Making a Living
This research guide describes records held by Archives New Zealand relating to private employment, work, and financial status.

Photographs - Wellington
This research guide describes the collections of photographs held at the Wellington office of Archives New Zealand.

Land - Wellington
This research guide describes Wellington Land District records held in Archives New Zealand's Wellington office.

Welfare
This research guide describes Archives New Zealand holdings related to welfare.

Art - Wellington
This research guide describes the major collections of artworks held at the Wellington office of Archives New Zealand.

Law and the Courts - Wellington
This research guide describes civil and criminal court records held at the Wellington office of Archives New Zealand.

Whakapapa
This research guide describes whakapapa records held by Archives New Zealand.

Film
This research guide describes audio-visual material held by Archives New Zealand.