How Can we Help?
Taranaki Research Centre/Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki is the gateway to the four collections at Puke Ariki—Taonga Māori, Social History, Pictorial and Archives. The Research Centre holds an excellent collection of books, images and archives that relate to the history of Taranaki . Our team of experienced researchers can guide you towards useful source material and get you started with your own research, whether it be finding out about the history of your street, learning about your whakapapa or gathering information for a school project. If you are unable to visit we can do some research on your behalf for a standard research fee.
We also run education sessions for secondary school students from Taranaki and other regions. These research tours are aimed at helping students feel more comfortable accessing information for their upcoming assessments. You can find out more information about these sessions on our education page.
Where to find us
We are located on the second floor of Puke Ariki library, adjacent to the overbridge to the museum.
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays
The published material we hold, such as books and journals, is publicly available in our reading room. To access archival material, please ask one of our research team for assistance. If you have found an archival item on our collection database
that you would like to view, please call us (06 759 6060) and we will have it ready for you when you come in.
While archives can be accessed through the Research Centre, Puke Ariki’s other heritage collections are available to view by appointment only. If you would like more information about an item from our collection, please phone us on 06 759 6060 or complete the contact us form.
Puke Ariki’s experienced researchers can investigate our collection for you. The first 15 minutes of research is free, a charge of $20 for every 15 minutes applies thereafter. To request our research services, please complete the contact us form.
We aim to complete research enquiries within 10 working days.
Copying and reproductions
Researchers can photocopy or scan items from our general reference collection for a standard charge
(within copyright restrictions). Please note archival material cannot be photocopied for preservation reasons.
Alternatively, researchers can photograph material using their own cameras for reference purposes only, providing they do not use flash photography. Please ask staff for assistance.
High quality digital images of many items from the heritage collection can be ordered online and in person. More information on image ordering is available here.
Puke Ariki accepts donations of heritage items that relate to the Taranaki region and meet our collecting criteria. If you wish to donate items to the collection please contact the relevant curator. You can find their details and more information on donating in our Puke Ariki Heritage Collection – Donor Guide