Pacific collections

Pacific collections are held at the majority of libraries across the region. They include both current and heritage materials.


Research collections

Tapa cloth book. A range of Pacific Island family history materials is held in the Central Auckland Research Centre, including a collection of microfilms of some of the registers (births, marriages and deaths) for various Pacific nations.

The Research Centres hold selections of reference books, periodicals, and other published materials relating to Pacific history and society, and Pacific Island communities in New Zealand.

The South Auckland Research Centre also collects current New Zealand based Pacific newspapers when available. Titles include New Zealand Pacific and Samoa Times.


Heritage collections

A number of significant Pacific collections are included in the Sir George Grey Special Collections.


Online heritage resources

Heritage Images
The Heritage Images database includes historical images of a number of Pacific Island nations, particularly those with close links to New Zealand.

The Footprints database includes a selection of images of Pacific people and communities in South Auckland and North Waikato areas.

Manukau's Journey
Manukau's Journey is a selection of significant and representative events from the history of the former Manukau City and adjoining areas.

Browse the Samoan collection of images on Auckland Libraries' Historypin.

Heritage et AL
Browse the blog posts relating to Pacific people and heritage materials on Heritage et AL.


Tapa cloth book

Browse the digitised version of A catalogue of the different specimens of cloth collected in the three voyages of Captain Cook, to the southern hemisphere or enjoy a selection of the images in the slideshow below.

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