History and people

Useful online resources and websites for researching New Zealand and world history, biographies, social and political affairs.

Access the following resources with your library card and PIN.

Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre
Range of perspectives on different issues relevant to New Zealand and Australia. For example civil rights, crime and punishment, politics and government.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre
Information from magazines, reference books and newspapers focussing on New Zealand and Australian content.

Biography Reference Centre
Collection of full text biographies on well-known personalities and thousands of unique narrative biographies.

History Reference Centre
Comprehensive resource for researchers, students and those interested in world history, including content from New Zealand, Australian and Pacific publications.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Offers differing perspectives on a range of social, political and technological issues.

Treaty of Waitangi Collection
A searchable digital collection of books from Bridget Williams Books. Combining award-winning histories and social commentary from acclaimed authors.

Related information

You may find the following useful:

New Zealand Electronic Text Collection
Comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington. Subjects covered include autobiographies, biographies, and New Zealand history.

New Zealand History
Informative resource covering a range of topics, such as culture and society, politics and government, as well as events, people and places.

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


Last Reviewed: 20/03/2017