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Britannica Library

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Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Need information on falcons for school homework? Want to find out when Beethoven died? Looking for an in-depth article on Greece?

Try Britannica Library:
  • Over 73,000 short and book-length articles from journals and magazines.
  • Recommended websites and audio and video clips.
  • Articles and websites are graded to suit the encyclopaedia level you have selected(Kids, Teens and Adults)
  • Many longer articles also offer suggestions for additional reading.
Please access Britannica service with your library card.

Papers Past

Papers Past contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and over 100 titles from throughout New Zealand. 

The newspapers in Papers Past are a good source of information about the social and political events of the times. Researchers of family history and whakapapa (genealogy) will find the shipping news, births, deaths and marriages of interest. Advertising also features strongly.

A range of regional newspapers are available on the site, making it a valuable source of information on life in all regions of New Zealand. 
Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is a comprehensive guide to New Zealand peoples, natural environment, history, culture and economy. 
Find out about the people who have helped shape our country. The biographies of over 3,000 New Zealanders who have made their mark on this country. (Does not include people who are still alive.) - Online Dictionary has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins and abbreviations. 


New Zealand Geographic Archive

The New Zealand Geographic archives contain more than 600 in-depth features about our country, natural history and culture. New Zealand Geographic TV is a full streaming digital television service presenting high quality natural history documentaries on demand. Main features are:
  • Search across magazine issues and natural history videos
  • All issues of New Zealand Geographic magazine from 1989 onwards
  • High resolution flipbook magazines and high definition digital video
  • Stunning photography of New Zealand, Antarctica and the Pacific

Digital NZ
Access to New Zealand digital content including photographs, artworks, newspapers, books, other archival material, journal articles, music, film and data sets.

Run by the National Library of New Zealand and funded by the New Zealand Government, Digital NZ is aimed at making New Zealand digital content easier to find, share and use. To date there are over 25 million digital items available to view from over 120partner organisations.


Kaihu Valley History Journals 

Access to 22 research journals complied by Roger Mold over seven years, which relate to the history of the Kaihu Valley, North Ripiro West Coast and South Hokianga in Northland, New Zealand. They cover the period from the arrival of the first nation people (Maori) in about 1300 AD to the year 1900, and are collectively titled "Through the Window of Time". Features are: 
  • The extensive compendia are based on local Maori history and legends, personal journals kept by the people such as Joel Polack, one of the first merchants in the area, missionaries, people of significance, his own descendants' diaries, and research gleaned from national and international archives and libraries.
  • Of particular interest for many will be information and photographs on the lives of 50 people who had an influence in the area.
  • Other journals include local industries, infrastructures such as schools, halls and churches, land ownership, genealogies and a military section.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Papers Past

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of NZ

Digital NZ

New Zealand Geographic Archive

Kaihu Valley History Journals




Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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