Directories and Electoral Rolls

The NZSG’s Family Research Centre in Panmure and many libraries hold collections (books and microfiche) of Wise’s New Zealand Post Office Directories which provide an alphabetical list of householders, their occupations and addresses, including a trades section. Other publications include Cleave’s Auckland Directories and Stone’s Wellington, Canterbury and Otago Directories. Electoral Rolls are used to confirm names, addresses and occupations of people. Electoral boundaries change, refer to the New Zealand Electoral Atlas by Alan McRobie to identify the electorate. An excellent addition to your search of the early rolls, is the CD produced by the NZSG of the Combined Electoral Rolls for 1881, 1893 and 1896 and 1911 New Zealand Electoral Rolls.