Online Resources

General Information

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
A comprehensive guide to New Zealand peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.

Generosity NZ - FundView & Breakout
New Zealand's primary source of information about funding for voluntary organisations and contains over 1000 different funding schemes. It includes funding from the government, local authorities, statutory and philanthropic trusts, gaming trusts and some service organisations. This database can now be accessed from your home using your Masterton Library card.

Search New Zealand Government
Official gateway to New Zealand Government and local government. Provides an overview of New Zealand and its government, access to government and council services as well as government agency contact details.

Statistics New Zealand
Official information from Statistics New Zealand, including a summary of New Zealand statistics.

NZ Online legal research service for legal and law related materials and services. Please talk to Library staff about accessing this database.

A collection of information for conducting genealogical research. Includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. This database is only accessible using library and archive computers.

Papers Past
Papers Past showcases selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals.

Wellington Region Heritage Promotion Council Inc
The Wellington Region Heritage Promotion Council showcases events and history from throughout the Wellington Region, and encourages relevant contributions and participation from interested parties.

Birth, Deaths and Marriages
Online Online access for New Zealand birth, death and marriage information that has been collected since the establishment of the registers. There are around 11 million births, deaths, marriage and civil union records. Births and deaths have been officially recorded since 1848 while marriages have been recorded since 1854.

Search across more than 25 million digital items to discover New Zealand treasures such as amazing aerial photos, old posters and memorabilia, newspaper clippings, artworks, and publications. Items are contributed from partners including Te Papa, the Alexander Turnbull Library, Auckland Art Gallery, Te Ara, NZ On Screen etc.

Māori Resources

Watercolour by Rozel Pharazyn

Māori Land Online
Provides a snapshot of current ownership, trustee, memorial and block information for land that falls within the jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court, under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and other legislation.

Kōrero Māori
Gateway for everyone who wants to speak the Māori language. For beginner to fluent speaker. Includes interactive conversations, cultural information and advice.

Waitangi Tribunal
Provides general information on the Treaty of Waitangi and the claims process.

Library Catalogues

National Library of New Zealand
The National Library catalogue contains records of published items held in the General Collections, Schools Collection and the Alexander Turnbull Library collections at the National Library in Wellington.

New Zealand Libraries' Catalogue
An online catalogue of all New Zealand libraries. It enables you to find out which New Zealand libraries hold a particular book, magazine, CD, DVD, etc.