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

Golden Bay Museum

The John Crockford Archive and Reference Library


The Archive has oral histories and vertical files on Golden Bay families and industries.

Births, Deaths and Marriages

  • Registrar General's indexes to births, deaths and marriages 1840 to 1940 on microfiche.

Cemetery records

  • Headstone inscriptions for most cemeteries in Golden Bay. Burial records for Rototai and New Collingwood cemeteries only. Burial plans for Rototai, New Collingwood, East Takaka Churchyard, Clifton and West Takaka (Catholic).


  • Admission and Attendance registers for Anatoki, Awaroa, Uruwhenua, West Takaka, Upper Takaka (PTA minute books and log book). Motupipi, Kotinga/Long Plain, Lower Takaka and Takaka District High School.

Electoral rolls

  • New Zealand Electoral rolls on microfiche 1865-1905 (incomplete set); Golden Bay Electoral rolls 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1987.


  • New Zealand Postal directories 1866-1920 on microfiche (incomplete). New Zealand Post Office Directories 1910, 1925. Stone's directory 1940.


  • Early local government records, rate books, valuation assessments, wharfages, maps. Takaka Dairy Company records.