Archives New Zealand

Archives New Zealand ( is a wonderful site for online researchers who are unable to visit Wellington. There is a number of good resources available online, for free.

A couple of examples are:


Online Police Gazettes are available from about 1877 to 1945.

In the simple search box enter “New Zealand Police Gazette” and choose exact search term. Further down the page in theHeld at:section, select the Wellington button. Click GO. Once the list of documents appears, scroll down until you see the heading New Zealand Police Gazette. There you will find annotations:View or download digitised record. Alternatively, you can sort by date.

When you click on the Gazette you wish to browse and have clicked onView or download digitised record, a new tab will open in your browser. When you view that you’ll seeRECORD ONLINEwith the name of the item underneath,egNew Zealand Police Gazette - Vol. 1. Click on the brown link. It’s very useful to browse through the index pages first to see if your “criminal” is there. From 1908 onwards Police Gazettes included Prisoners Photographs.


I find the best way to find these is to enter a person’s surname. When the search results appear, you can choose to refine them. Click on the Refine Search button then, inYears: 1914 to 1919. Further down the page in theHeld at:section, select theWellingtonbutton. Click GO. Hopefully you will find the person you are looking for and can then clickView or download digitised record.

A name search, without refining, may give you various documents in the search returns list, any of which may be useful for your research, and you can choose what you wish to view.

To access these, visit the Archives NZ website

Jan Powell