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Reference Collection

Materials held in this department are available for use because of their historical value or their up-to-date current value. All research must be done within the library although a photocopier is available. Reference enquiries may be sent to the library via fax, email, telephone or by post. Materials include encyclopaedias, directories, maps, statistics, New Zealand newspapers, motor manuals and current Gisborne District Council Meeting agendas.


Balneavis Collection
Raumoana Balneavis was secretary to Sir Apirana Ngata and an avid collector of Maori and Pacific books. The collection was originally gifted to the then Maori Affairs Department but later transferred to this library. Includes the journals of the Polynesian Society (1894 - ). New books and important older books are sourced to keep the collection both historically and currently significant.


Genealogy : Whakapapa
Local newspapers from 19th century, shipping lists, land deed indexes, family histories, tribal Whakapapa, genealogical research directories, electoral rolls, military records and periodicals are amongst the items to assist with family research.


Gisborne District Council material
Agendas for the forthcoming meetings of all Gisborne District Council Committees are available for perusal. Retrospective copies of Community Development Department agendas are held in stock. Also district plans, the LTCCP, wastewater and community.


Government Publications
The library is a depository library for selected NZ Government Publications. Includes Statutes and Regulations, the Education Gazette, Census Statistics, Parliamentary Debates and the NZ Gazette.

New Zealand Historical Acts 1841-2007 As Enacted Collection

This database contains the New Zealand Acts 1841-2007 As-Enacted Collection. It has been provided by the Parliamentary Counsel Office and is a database of New Zealand Acts from 1841 to 2007 as originally enacted. The Acts, which are in PDF format, do not include any later amendments or show whether they have been repealed. The 1908 Consolidation is available as a separate database. For current legislation and enacted legislation and repealed legislation since 2007, visit the New Zealand Legislation website.


Te Puna
Databases hosted and maintained by the National Library of New Zealand.  The library may obtain articles from other NZ libraries.  Charges apply.


Local History
Books, vertical file material, retrospective copies of Gisborne newspapers, periodical articles covering both Maori and European histories of the Gisborne District.


Maori Reference Material
Covering local and national tribal areas and people, includes some unpublished theses, material about Treaty of Waitangi and current claims, Turton's land deals, whakapapa, periodicals and the Balneavis Collection.  Also Maori newspapers on microfilm, and Fletcher's guide to Maori names.