Heritage Collections - Kohikohinga Tukuihotanga
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Taranaki scandals: the court records colleCtion

Taranaki has an effervescent and colourful history, marked with bloodshed and passive resistance, triumphs and tragedies, peace and prosperity. The Puke Ariki Heritage Collection currently houses a large collection of New Plymouth Court records. Within these records exists an opportunity to uncover long forgotten Taranaki scandals which will add to the fascinating tales and folklore of the region.

The New Plymouth Court record collection comprises 403 boxes of records for the period c.1875–1960. These records include files from the Supreme Court, Court of Review, Land Valuation Court, Taranaki Adjustments Commission, Mortgage and Tenants Relief Act, Rehabilitation Act and the Court of Appeal.
The collection consists of a large number of records for individuals, families and properties throughout the province of Taranaki. 

In 2013 a portion of the New Plymouth Court record collection was sorted and catalogued by Canadian Intern, Stephanie Valliant. This portion of the Supreme Court action records is now available to the public.

Please contact Curator Archives, Lucy Macfarlane (06-759-6060 or lucy.macfarlane@npdc.govt.nz) for information on accessing the collection or check out the selection of tasty tid-bits below!