Wellington City Council Cemeteries Management Plan Review

The Wellington City Council recently sought submissions on their Draft Cemeteries Management Plan. NZSG has made a submission on this plan. Read 'Talking Points for WCC Submission'.


The Genealogist


TheGenealogist's Map Explorer™ lets you travel back in time and see how an area has changed over the years. Whilst out and about, open Map Explorer™ on your phone and use the "locate me" function to reveal the history of what is around you.

The latest release has added 2,738 more parishes of Tithe Maps to our Map Explorer™, meaning you can now view tithe maps for over 30 counties, that's over half the country!

Read their featured article - Travelling back in time with MapExplorer™ in your hand.


Upload your images to DigitalNZ

There’s a fun new feature on DigitalNZ where you can upload your own images to DigitalNZ ‘stories’.

You can contribute any images that help tell your story. For example, an image of your whānau, an image of your rohe, or an image of your favourite place. Maybe you’d like to compare a contemporary photo with one you’ve found in the online collection of a gallery or museum? Or tell the story of your whakapapa using your own photos?

“The upload feature has been designed with teachers, students, genealogists, and small historical organisations in mind, but it is open to everyone,” says Rowan Payne, Manager DigitalNZ Services.

“Now’s the time to put together a family tree or simply make those hard copy family snaps hidden away in old cardboard boxes more accessible to all the family. All you need to do is sign up to DigitalNZ and get uploading.”

People’s contributions will help tell new ‘stories’, with personal items interwoven with those held in institutional collections. is a website coordinated by the National Library of New Zealand/Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa that brings together 30 million digital items from over 200 different organisations all around Aotearoa so that they can be easily searched in one place.

To find out more information about the new feature and how to get started, visit the DigitalNZ website.


RNZ Interview with Mary Shadbolt

Mary Shadbolt, NZSG Board Chair, was interviewed on Thursday 13 February 2020 on RNZ’s Nine To Noon at 9.15 am.

You can listen to the interview here.


University of Edinburgh Genetics Study

The University of Edinburgh are conducting a study. People with at least two grandparents who were born in Orkney or Shetland are being sought for a genetics study aimed at improving health.  

There is believed to be a significant number of people of Northern Isles descent living in Dunedin.

Click here to read the article from the BBC News on 18 January 2020 which also has the information for registering for the study.


Franklin Positively Ageing Expo

On Friday 19th October the very popular Franklin Positively Ageing Expo was held in Pukekohe.  The Franklin Branch of NZSG always have a stand and this year it created a good amount of interest hopefully resulting in some new members. Our theme this year was “Give it a go” which proved a popular starting point for discussion. A team of volunteers worked on the stand throughout the day answering general questions about getting started and, yes, giving it a go.

Combined Wellington Branches Family History Open Day

Hutt Valley, Kilbirnie, Porirua and Wellington Branches combined and
held a very successful open day on Saturday 24 August at the Hutt
Bowling Club, Lower Hutt.

In the News

Ireland's Call

Mel Homer goes in search of her elusive family history. This article appeared in the NZ Herald 6 August 2019 - view the video. The article is available on PressReader (requires a login).

Gill Knox Reunites Family With Keepsake

A signet ring belonging to a New Zealand pilot who died in a secret World War II mission was returned to his relatives after almost 75 years, thanks to some detective work by NZSG Director Gill Knox. The Freemasons ring worn by Flying Officer Leonard Kilgour was presented to his nephew recently. Kilgour's nephew Warren Gibbons is pictured with Gill Knox. Read the full story on Stuff.

Hawera Branch

The NZSG Hawera Branch has been in the news. The Taranaki Star reporting here on Hawera's annual book fair with our own Board member Jillian Williams featured.