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

Tasman District Library


280 Queen Street
Richmond 7020
Information Services Desk +64 3 543 8478
Alternative phone: +64 3 543 8500

Email contact



  • Local history collection of published material on the Nelson/ Tasman region
  • Roll of Honour: biographical information about those from the Nelson/Tasman area  killed in the Boer War, WWI and WWII
  • Waimea South history and genealogy collection. Includes family trees, photographs, church records and cemetery records and school records relating to Wakefield, Brightwater, Hope, Foxhill, and the wider Waimea area. Some of this information is available on Tasman Heritage. Many family history and local history resources including the ones below are not listed on the library catalogue. Please contact the library for more information.
  •        Richmond School rolls 1882-1927
  •        Wakefield Village News 1983-2011
  •        Waimea South Institute and Wakefield Public Library archives 1853-1988
  •        Golden Downs Forestry, Golden Downs Chronicle 1940s-1950s,  
  •        Smallpox vaccinations register for Wakefield and Waimea South Area 1881-1913
  •        Newspaper clippings on local historic buildings and homes

Births, Deaths and Marriages

  • Waimea South history and genealogy collection contains records of births, deaths and marriages mainly relating to Waimea District [typewritten lists] but some other areas included where notices were put in the Nelson newspapers
  • Burial records for Nelson/ Tasman region

Electoral Rolls, Census, Directories

  • Electoral rolls for Nelson 1983-1989, 1991-1993, 1999-, Tasman,1982.1985-1988, 1990-1994 West Coast Tasman 1995, 1999, 2001-, Southern Māori/ Te Tai Tonga 1983-1992, 1995, 1999 onwards
  • Nelson and Bays telephone directories 1987-


  • Hard copy of the Nelson Mail held for the last 3 months