Learning & Research - Akoranga me Rangahau
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Taranaki research centre/te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki

Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki (Taranaki Research Centre) is the place where the rich history of our beautiful region can be discovered by the world. It houses an extensive non-lending book collection encompassing the Taranaki Collection, the Māori Collection, history, arts and science journals, government publications, all publications from the New Department of Statistic and the Glass Case - a series of rare books with Taranaki connections. Puke Ariki's Information Officers not only maintain these collections and resources, but also mentor and train researchers and students and provide research services.

Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki also acts as a gateway to Puke Ariki's four curated collections by providing advice on what the collections contain and arranging access to specific items.  Access to the Archives is during the hours 9.00am - 5.00pm, 7 days a week (excluding public holidays).

what's in a name?
In the Māori name for the Taranaki Research Centre, Te Pua Wānanga, the word pua (flower) describes the flourishing or thriving of an endeavour.  It alludes to the blossoming of understanding or ideas that may result from a journey of enquiry begun in this wānanga centre – place of learning and knowledge.
Taranaki stories

Puke Ariki’s experienced researchers can investigate our records for you by tracing genealogy, delving into cemetery records, supplying resources and providing research assistance for academics and students.

The first 15 minutes of research is free, then a charge of $20 for every 15 minutes thereafter applies. The research is carried out across all the Puke Ariki collections.

Click here if you have a query about Puke Ariki's collections

passenger lists
Our searchable online passenger database is complied from the passenger lists published in the Taranaki Herald during the period 1843 -1885 for arrivals to and departures from New Plymouth. This includes ships such as Taranaki, Phoebe, Ahuriri and Lady Bird.