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Archive and Photo Collection


Our archives and photo collection cover an area from Dairy Flat to Waiwera and are available on request.   There is a $20 charge for people doing their own research and a charge of $40 per hour for research done by  our archivist or members of our staff.  Archives, books and journals are available for study in the Pioneer Village but are not available for loan.

The archives are organised into the following broad areas:

Dairy Flat, Orewa, Pine Valley (White Hills), Red Beach, Silverdale, Stillwater, Wainui, Waiwera, Whangaparaoa.  Under these headings is stored  information about families who lived in that area and institutions which belong there. In addition there are general files on Business,  Education, Maori occupation, Postal Services, Religion, Transport.

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Other Material

  • Extracts from Minutes of the Waitematā County Council from 1884 to 1974 which refer to Hibiscus Coast and other areas we cover.

  • Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) information of early land transactions for Waiwera Parish, Okura Parish, Puketua Parish.

  • Library focused on local, Auckland and New Zealand history (including local School Anniversary booklets)

  • Records of various local organisations including:

       Silverdale Volunteer Fire Brigade

       Wainui Public Library.1899-1980

       Country Women’s Institute

       Whangaparāoa Horticultural Society

       Hibiscus Coast Probus Club (Men’s)

       Silverdale (Wade) Smallbore Rifle Club

       Local Badminton Clubs

       Rodney District Rose Society

  • Various issues of New Zealand newspapers, magazines and covering the last 100 years.

  • Historic Places Trust and Auckland-Waikato Historical Society journals

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For further family research contact the local genealogy group (click on link below)


Families about whom we have files are listed here.  Many other names appear in our Index to Archives which records references to documents held.



Cooper, Eaves, Grut, Hull, Morris, Sykes

Pine Valley: 


(at one time known as White Hills) Bond, Jolly, Roberton, Taylor

Red Beach:





Bartlett, Butler Stoney, Frith, Andrew Graham, John Graham, Jack, Kelly, Leigh, Neville, Parkinson, Sidwell, Skulander



Blackshaw, Dacre, Percy, Thorburn



Brunton, Faithful, Fennell, Glanville, Hamilton, Hellyer, Lamont, Lloyd, Mason, Scott, Southern



Graham, Johnstone, Krippner, Schiska. Whitney, Couldrey, Hatfield, Te Hemera



Arkle, Besky, Dacre, Dearsley, Glanville, Hale, Hobbs, Hopper, Marsh, Polkinghorne, Shakespear, Soden, Vipond

Growing the Collection


We are interested in adding to our collection and if you have any information or material such as diaries, letters, photographs, memoirs, minutes, reports, etc. which relate to people or organisations in our area we would love to hear from you.

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