Research centres

South Auckland Research Centre

Manukau Library  
Level 1, 3 Osterley Way  

Tel: 09 261 8637 

Monday - 9am - 5pm
Tuesday - Wednesday 9am - 5.30pm
Thursday - 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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Research or subject specialities

The South Auckland Research Centre specialises in the history of the southern and eastern parts of Auckland city (Howick, Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura and Franklin wards), but also has strong general reference, family history, Māori and New Zealand collections.


Research services

Reference staff are available to assist with general reference enquiries in person and via phone, email or fax 09 262 5158. Staff can also provide specialist advice and assistance to users researching family history, whakapapa and South Auckland history.


Collection overview

The heritage collections include a wide range of books and periodicals relating to the history of South Auckland, as well as historical South Auckland newspapers, photographs, maps, oral history recordings, ephemera, and manuscripts and archives.

The extensive New Zealand family history resources include the Births Deaths and Marriages indexes on microfiche, the New Zealand Herald on microfilm from 1863 onwards, and the New Zealand Gazette database.

The Te Wāhi Rangahau Māori collection brings together a wide range of books, periodicals and other resources on Māori-related topics. Māori Land Court minute books are held on microfilm from 1865 to 1975.


General services and facilities

Internet access and a photocopier are available. Microfilm and microfiche readers are provided for public use. It is advisable to book the microfilm readers before you arrive. Bookings can be made via phone for an hour at a time. Bring a memory stick for downloading articles if required.
The use of reference materials is free but charges are made for photocopying, faxing, etc.

Find out about charges relating to regional heritage collections.

Two private study rooms seating up to four people and a larger meeting room can also be booked.

Oral history recording material is available for loan to members of Auckland Libraries and local heritage organisations. Recordings must be undertaken according to the NOHANZ (National History Association of New Zealand) code of ethical and technical practice, and copies deposited with the Research Centre.


Digital library resources

The South Auckland Research Centre maintains the Manukau’s Journey and Footprints databases.

Manukau’s Journey is a chronology of more 7000 significant events in the history of South Auckland and the Counties Manukau area from earliest times to the present day. 

Footprints offers more than 5000 historic photographs and other images of South Auckland. These include selected items from the Manukau Courier photographic archive, as well as contributions from a number of local historical societies.

Other related digital resources include a series of topical Counties Manukau essays and Manukau in Poetry, a collection of verse about Counties Manukau or by Counties Manukau writers.

Manuscripts and archives held by the South Auckland Research Centre are reported on the Community Archive. A selection of historical maps from our collections have been digitised for Heritage Images.


Other collections

Several branch libraries in the South Auckland area also have local history collections. Pukekohe Library in particular holds substantial heritage collections of books, photographs, periodicals and newspapers relating to the Franklin area. A microfilm reader-printer is available. Howick Library holds reference sets of local newspapers such as the Howick Post and Howick & Pakuranga TimesPapakura Library also holds local and family history collections.

A number of local historical societies and museums in the area have strong heritage collections. These include Beachlands-Maraetai, Clevedon, Franklin (Pukekohe), Howick, Karaka, Mangere, Manurewa, Otahuhu, Papakura, Papatoetoe, Waiau Pa and Waiuku. Some are listed on the New Zealand Federation of Historical Societies website. Contact them direct or ask the South Auckland Research Centre for advice.



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