The Wairarapa Archive is a collecting archive that aims to collect records
relating to the Wairarapa region. It provides access to these collections
through an extensive database.
It also houses the Wairarapa Reference and Family History
Collections of the Masterton District Library.
This Week the Wairarapa Archive is proud to launch the 20th title in its on-going publication programme – Wairarapa Moana – the lake and its people.
Thirteen contributors, all authoritative in their fields, tell the story of the North Island’s third largest lake complex from the mists of Maori myths to the realities of today’s environmental problems.
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The records include
- Photographs and negatives
- Architectural plans and maps
- Record of community organisations
- Family information and histories
- Film, video and oral recordings
- School records
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Archive Hours of Business
The Wairarapa Archive is open to the public Monday to Friday from 1.00pm - 5.00pm.
The Archive is situated at 79
Queen Street, Masterton.
Archive Contact Information
The Wairarapa Archive staff are happy to assist any callers who have research
enquiries. There are many indices and databases in the Archive which researchers
can use, and the staff has good knowledge of the collection, and of the area
For those who cannot call, phone and postal enquiries are
welcomed. The first fifteen minutes of research are free. A
fee of $35 per hour or part thereof, is charged to enquiries
after the free period. Large research queries are subject to
The Archive has quality scanning facilities and can provide
digital copies of most photographs and plans.
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