Puke Ariki - Museum, Libraries, Tourist Information

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taranaki research centre

The TRC 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 Zealand Department of Statistics and the Glass Case - a series of rare books with Taranaki connections.The people who work here not only maintain these collections and resources, but also mentor and train researchers and students and provide research services.

The Taranaki Research Centre 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. The collections are:

Archives – including paper based material such as diaries, journal, maps as well as oral histories
Pictorial – including photographs and all pictorial content.
Social History – the objects that define Taranaki, its people and their culture
Taonga Māori – the treasures of local iwi.

These collections can also be accessed online:

Explore Puke Ariki's collections of objects, papers, images and taonga.

Puke Ariki’s experienced researchers can investigate our records for you. Tracing genealogy, delving into cemetery records, supplying resources and providing research assistance for academics and students are just some of the areas where our researchers can assist.

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 the all the Puke Ariki collections.

Click here if you would like to speak to Research staff or have a query about Puke Ariki's collections,

Taranaki stories
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, Pheobe, Ahuriri and Lady Bird.