Tauranga has a rich and varied history from early Maori voyagers through to European settlers. Research collections at Tauranga City library seeks to gather this rich history and preserve it for future generations.
Our collection focuses on people, places and events in the Western Bay of Plenty, from Waihi Beach to Otamarakau. Here you can find out about the vibrant early history of our city and surrounding districts, from the arrival and settlement of Maori, the Musket Wars, missionaries, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the New Zealand Wars and military settlement, trade, transport and industry, the harbour and port, agriculture and horticulture.
Ngā Wāhi Rangahau research collections contain a wide range of material. There are separate sequences for Māori Reference, Family History, the Joyce West collection, and the Munro collection of publications relating to maritime history. The Bernard Sladden collection, stored in our controlled environment Fireproof Room, contains substantial and historic works on New Zealand and Pacific history and exploration. The Room also contains our Local history archives and historic images collections.
The main shelf sequence in Ngā Wāhi Rangahau expands and updates on this collection with newer books and magazines in Sladden’s areas of interest. It also contains a variety of Local History resources (at 993.421), Local and Central Government publications, New Zealand Statistics and Standards, as well as General Reference items. Very large books, electoral rolls, printed New Zealand legislation and New Zealand parliamentary debates are shelved separately.”
Research well known personalities, or find your ancestors among those buried in local cemeteries. Spend time browsing local school journals, newspapers, telephone directories, electoral rolls, historical society journals, maps, our vertical file and an extensive photograph collection.
Come and visit us on the first floor of Tauranga City library in the Nga Wahi Rangahau research collections room. The staff at the enquires desk will help you find the resources you need.
Last Reviewed: 18/12/2019