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ancestry library logoAncestry Library Edition*

Trace your family history, includes records from United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Ancestry is a comprehensive source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research with more than 1.5 billion names from over 4,000 collections.

In Library access only 


eds logoAustralia/New Zealand Reference Centre - EBSCO

The Reference Centre database gives you access to abstracts and articles from international, Australian, and New Zealand magazines and newspapers. It is an excellent resource for those requiring up-to-date world, Australian and New Zealand current events information.

In library & at home (requires your library card number) access 



GivUS is a great resource to help groups seek funding for local projects. It lists more than 1,200 resource schemes for communities, volunteer organisations and clubs.

Account set up needs to be done in the library, after that GivUs can be accessed from anywhere.  


eds logoMasterFILE Premier - EBSCO

This collection provides full text access to articles from over 2000 major international publications such as Time, Newsweek, and New Scientist. It also includes reference and travel works, image collection, biographies and book reviews. Covering virtually every subject area, MasterFILE is ideal for general research enquiries.

In library & at home (requires your library card number) access 


NZ Geo logoNew Zealand Geographic*

New Zealand Geographic brings you NZ Geo Archive with a tutorial to help you become familiar with the range of content and ways to browse it. Users can also sign up to the weekly Connect newsletter full of new content and news and background reading. The click through links allow you navigate straight through to any article which interests you.

In Library access only  


pr logo basicPress Reader*

Read today's newspapers online in full-colour, full-page format. Over 800 newspapers, from 80 countries in 40 languages, available from New Zealand and around the world.

In library & at home (requires your library card & pin number) access. You can create your own account which allows you to save your favourites.

Please note: Due to circumstances outside of our control, you can only access Stuff LTD titles in the library. 


story box logo

Story Box Library

Find the best stories being read aloud to you by our favourite storytellers. Kids will get excited about reading, inspire their imaginations and have fun with stories, improving their language and literacy skills along the way. Suitable for preschool and primary aged children.

                                In library & at home (requires your library card number) access 


bwb logoTreaty of Waitangi Collection*

The Treaty of Waitangi Collection is a living resource backed by a long-term vision for Treaty Scholarship into the twenty-first century. 

Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required


tbl logoTumble books*

Childrens books, videos and games for pre and primary school readers. Choose to read, sing, listen, watch or play. Some items require Flash player to be installed.

 In library & at home (requires your library card number) access


AtoJlogo Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives

The Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR), sometimes known as "the A to Js", is a collection of government-related reports published every year from 1858. The reports cover many subjects, documenting the work of government departments and a wide range of other activities carried out by, or of interest to, the government of the day.

Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required 


dbnz Dictionary New Zealand Biography

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography forms part of Te Ara. It includes the definitive texts of all the biographies previously published in print, and additional biographies which are available only online. It also includes te reo Maori versions of all the biographies relating to Maori subjects. New biographies are added each year.

Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required


jpsLOGOThe Journal of the Polynesian Society

The Polynesian Society is a non-profit organization based at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Founded in 1892, the Society's aim was the scholarly study of past and present New Zealand Māori and other Pacific Island peoples and cultures. All issues of the Journal are available on this site except for a rolling embargo on the most recent two years.

Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required


kauwhata reo Kauwhata Reo

With the continued growth of te reo Māori learners there is a need to make it easier to find te reo Māori resources. This site aims to develop a repository to support those teaching and learning te reo Māori to search for and access relevant content, tools and resources. They are still in the early stages of development and more features and content will be coming soon.

                               Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required


maorilandcourtlogoMāori 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

Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required


natlibNational Library of NZ

to view online resources and collections.  The Alexander Turnbull Library also provides world-class research services. Turnbull Library staff are experts in all kinds of topic areas, and research in general.

Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required


nzetc logo landscape The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection

comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. This encompasses both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources. 

Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required 


natlibPapers Past

Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers, periodicals, journals and parliamentary papers. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes over 68 publications from all regions of New Zealand. 

Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required


snz logoStandards New Zealand (Building Standards)

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (Building System Performance) has funded the following building standards, used for Building Code compliance, for free download.

Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required 


teara Te Ara

Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. It is a comprehensive guide to the country's peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.

Can be accessed from anywhere, no logins required 


Epic databases logo link

* Matamata-Piako Libraries have joined forces with over 180 New Zealand Libraries to be apart of EPIC (Electronic Purchasing in Collaboration). EPIC gives you access to thousands of high quality electronic publications, including NZ and international full-text journals, newspapers, magazines, photographs and graphics.