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Northland Heritage

Information resources covering the history of the Northland region of New Zealand, available at Whangarei District Libraries.
Updated: 17/12/2020 4:12 p.m.

Photograph of Whangarei Town Basin circa 1909. From Florence Keene collection in Northland Room at Whangarei Central Library.

The Northland Room at Whangarei Central Library

The Northland Room, located on the first floor of the Whangarei Central Library, contains materials relating to the Northland area comprising Whangarei, Kaipara, and Far North districts, with particular emphasis on the Whangarei area.

This collection has evolved into a heritage collection which includes the indexed Florence Keene Collection.

Material in the Northland Room may be photocopied for a small charge.

The Northland Room Collection is kept in an environmentally controlled setting, thus certain conditions of use apply. Ask at the Information Desk on the first floor for access to this room.


Many items in the Northland Room have been digitised and are freely available to view online at Recollect - Whangarei District Libraries Heritage Collection website.

Recollect - Whangarei District Libraries Heritage Collection

Northland Room resources

The Florence Keene collection

A special collection of material bequeathed to the Whangarei District Library by noted Northland historian and writer Florence Keene (1908 - 1998). The collection includes scrapbooks made up of newspaper cuttings with a historical content. These are thoroughly indexed.

The Florence Keene collection on Recollect

Photographs and maps

Early historical photographs and maps including topographical, land inventory maps and aerial photographs of Whangarei.

Maps on Recollect

Photographs on Recollect


The Northern Advocate dates from 1885. These are available on microfilm in the adjacent Genealogy Room. Later years are available in paper form bound into large volumes.

The Northern Advocate 1887-1949 on Papers Past.

Other local newspapers include:

  • Bream Bay News
  • Dargaville News
  • Hokianga Gumboots Express
  • Kamo Clarion
  • The Northern News
  • Northern Star
  • Northern Holiday
  • Northland Review
  • Weekend Magazine
  • Weekend Report
  • Whangarei City News
  • Whangarei Leader
  • Whangarei Report
  • Whangaroa Whispers.

Northland magazines

  • Auckland - Waikato Historical Journal 1968 -1996
  • Focus
  • Gardening in Northland
  • Northlander 1960 -1977
  • Northland Magazine 1958 -1972
  • PhotoNews 1962 -1981
  • Russell Review 1977 onwards
  • Savy
  • Scene Magazine
  • Tane 1972 onwards
  • High School magazines - Whangarei Boys High School begins at 1920

Whangarei Photo News - March 1966Whangarei Photo News

Full copies of the Whangarei Photo News from 1962 to 1966 can be viewed online at the Recollect website. (Not all issues are available).

Whangarei Photo News on Recollect

Telephone directories

From 1969 onwards to present and including one 1930 edition. Older items are stored in the Genealogy Room.

Electoral rolls

  • Bay of Islands 1853 - 1992
  • Dargaville 1971 - 1977
  • Hikurangi 1962 - 1980
  • Hobson 1960 - 1988
  • Hokianga 1971 - 1980
  • Kaikohe 1974 and 1980
  • Kaipara 1978 - 1994
  • Kaitaia 1974 and 1980
  • Kamo 1965
  • Mangonui 1868 - 1908
  • Marsden 1866 - 1969
  • Northern Division 1855
  • Northern Maori 1972 - 1994
  • Northland 1995 to present
  • Otamatea 1974 - 1980
  • Rodney 1963 - 1995
  • Te Tai Tokerau 1995 to present
  • Warkworth 1974
  • Whangarei 1915 to present
  • Whangaroa 1971 and 1980.

Electoral areas have changed their names over the years. For instance the Whangarei area has been known as Northern Division, Marsden and finally Whangarei.

To check the electoral boundaries for the years  1853 to 1987 please refer to New Zealand Electoral Atlas by Alan McRobie (328.3345 MCR) available in the Genealogy Room.

The electoral rolls from 1987 onwards have a boundary map on the back of each cover. 

Other material

Varied items including selected newsletters from local clubs and organisations.





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