Our community archives preserve the memories of our past

The Research Service will be closed from Dec 24th 2019, reopening on January 7th 2020.

We will still be accepting research enquiries through the Front Desk during this time.

Please note that enquiries will not be processed until staff return in January.

We apologise for any inconvenience, we hope you have a fabulous festive season!

Research at the Museum

The Museum’s archives collection is generally made up of paper, film and digital documents.

The archives are used to research everything from historic sites and landmarks, to businesses, sports clubs, schools, churches, family genealogy and more.

It’s free to come and view archives at the Museum.

The archives are available for research by appointment – or we can conduct research on your behalf. If you would like staff to do research or copying for you there is a cost of $25 per half hour, with the first 15 minutes free.

Appointments are available Monday – Friday 10am-4pm

Archives are valuable documents and need to be protected from theft, mishandling and other environmental factors. For this reason they are stored in secure, climate-controlled areas with restricted access. Unlike libraries where you can browse the shelves for books, archives are retrieved for researchers by the Collections Manager.

If you would like to view anything in the collection, it’s as simple as filling out an enquiry form.

Make a Research Enquiry
Research and copying costs

Research Costs

These fees and charges became operative on 1 July 2016.

Use of Research Room     No Charge

Research Service      $25/half hour

Time including searching, retrieval, reproduction, distribution and replacement material. (No charge for first 15 minutes).

Scanning – Per Page      $1.00

Printing from Computer Terminal per page

Black and White A4    $0.20

Colour A4       $2.00

Photocopying per page

Single Sided Black and White   $0.20

Double Sided Black and White per side $0.20

Colour A4     $2.00

Colour A3   $4.00

Publication Fees (NZ Rights)   $50.00-$250.00

+ $20.00 per half hour for staff

Publication Fees (World Rights)   $50.00-$200.00

+ $20.00 per half hour for staff

Photographic Prints (hard copy) $5.00-$40.00

Newspapers and pamphlets

Historical pamphlets and newspapers including Waipa Post and Te Awamutu Courier


Over 6000 historical photographs of people, places and events


Historical maps of Te Awamutu and surrounding towns


Family/personal papers and records from local families and organisations

Haylee Alderson

Collections Manager

Contact Haylee directly on haylee.alderson@waipadc.govt.nz or 07 872 0085