Council archives

Archival services

Auckland Council Archives preserves and makes available local authority records dating from 1852, when permanent local government services were first established in the region. 

Research services

Archives staff are available to assist with identifying relevant sources that may help with your research, however, you are encouraged to visit the archives to conduct your own research.

In exceptional circumstances, if you are unable to visit, research may be undertaken on your behalf. For research undertaken by the archives staff, the first half hour is free and then a charge of $30 per half hour is applicable.

Pre-payment is required and you will be advised of the costs prior to research commencing. The first 15 pages of photocopying in this situation will be provided free-of-charge.

Imaging services

Archives provide an in-house reproduction service to researchers on a charged basis.

The service consists of photocopying, scanning and photography.



Text documents - up to A3 (photocopy or PDF)

  • Black and white A4 - $0.50 each
  • Black and white A3 - $1 each


  • Black and white - $3 each (JPEG or TIFF file)

Photograph / Large format scan

  • High resolution digital images - $15 each (JPEG or TIFF file, 300dpi, approximately 3500 x 2500 pixels)

Media and write charge

  • Supply of images on CD or USB - $8 each (Small orders can be emailed or sent via One Drive free of charge)

Overnight courier

  • NZ only - $5.

All charges are inclusive of GST. We accept payment by cash, EFTPOS and credit card (credit cards are accepted at the Central office only and minimum credit card transaction is $10). All reproduction work must be paid for at the time of order.

Council archives newsletter

Council archives publishes a newsletter several times a year, which provides information on upcoming events, new services, resources and additions to our collections.

Subscribe to the council archives newsletter  

Read previous editions below:

Council archives newsletter - Auckland begins at the archives

Previous newsletters

Research guides

Our boys, our families research guide

The First World War (1914–1918) was one of the most significant events of the 20th century, and had a deep and long lasting impact on New Zealand.

As part of the First World War centenary commemorations, our Heritage Unit and Archives team have collaborated with Auckland Libraries to develop a research guide showcasing First World War research resources available at Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council Archives. The guide will assist with research into family members or people who took part in the war. Revised editions of the guide are planned for release during the commemoration period to create a set of guides.

Our boys, our families research guide (PDF 5.1MB)  
You can also pick up a copy of the research guide from these locations: 


St James Theatre research guide

We have been receiving a number of customer queries regarding St James Theatre complex located between 304 and 328 Queen Street. 

This guide is in response to the queries we received prior to the sale of the building in October 2014. The guide provides an outline to the types of records we hold relating to the theatre.

St James Theatre research guide (PDF 1MB)

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