Due to weather events Elma Turner Library Pop-Up and Stoke Library are closing at 4:30pm Wednesday 17 August.

Archives New Zealand

Te Whare Tohu Tuhituhinga o Aotearoa


Government records from New Zealand Company era onwards. Records relating to Nelson are held in Head Office, Wellington. There are regional offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

For further information refer to the book "Family History at National Archives" and its supplement "Beyond the Book" available at most libraries.

Births, Deaths and Marriages

  • Intentions to marry 1856-1956.
  • Coroners' Reports for Nelson 1844-1860, 1865-1970s (restricted access to reports less than fifty years old)


  • Māori Land Court minute books

Passenger lists

  • Records of assisted immigration to New Zealand


  • Public Trust Wills 1843-1981

Tasman Bays Heritage Trust / Nelson Provincial Museum, C3539