Family History Month 2020



Family History Month is observed annually during the month of August across New Zealand and Australia. It's an event to help people research their family history or whakapapa at whatever stage you are in.  Today there are many tools and resources available to those interested and the Heritage & Research team at Te Aka Mauri had put together a very interesting programme which unfortunately was compromised to some extent when NZ moved back to Alert Level 2.

One-on-one Geneaology assistance 

​Volunteers from the Rotorua Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists run a help desk for family history research on the 2nd Wednesday of every month (except December & January). During August they will be in the library every Wednesday from 10am till 2pm. 


DigitalNZ A-Tihi o Aotearoa - Connections across Collections

Genealogists or anyone interested in New Zealand history will probably have come across the website 

DigitalNZ, a fascinating collection of over 30 million items from 300 collections.  Thomasin Sleigh, Community Manager at DigitalNZ presents this online talk about DigitalNZ ā- Tihi o Aotearoa - Connections across Collections including search tips, new collections of interest to genealogists, and shares developments for the website's future.  

Thomasin works at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and is responsible for the outreach for 


He Toa Taumata Rau - Online Cenotaph – Sharing our Stories

ison Pine from Auckland War Memorial Museum presents this online talk about He Toa Taumata Rau | Online Cenotaph - Sharing Our Stories. Madison grew up in Rotorua before attending Waikato University, then moved to Auckland to study towards a Masters in Heritage Conservation, majoring in Museums and Cultural Studies.  She is currently one of the Collection Technicians and Research Support team members.  She works alongside researchers and families to help answer questions about people's war service and how to share their stories and experiences.

Click on the link below to hear this talk by Madison.


Discovering Online WW1 Service Records

Under COVID 19 Alert Level Two, all Rotorua Library programmes have been CANCELLED

Grant Hays, Curator of Vehicles, Artillery and Technology at the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa was to present Discovering Online WWI Service Records, however due to the change in COVID Alert levels, the talk had to be cancelled.
Hays has done exten
sive research - six full family histories (civil and military), researched all 615 POWs whose names appear on the Prisoner Of War wall at the Museum, and is currently researching all the NZ POWs captured in WW2.  He assists members of the public with research queries on everything from personal family service history to Centurion tanks, to obscure artefacts in the museum collection.  

Find out about the National Army Museum at


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