Central & Western Murihiku Southland Archive

We are now live! There are not many entries yet, but we are working hard to get more up as soon as possible, in the meantime there are a few to enjoy:

The Central & Western Murihiku Southland Archive has now been set up to gather, store, preserve and share the regions history. It is especially created to give those local communities who have no history repository locally, a place to keep and promote the history of their communities and those who settled them. If your district, town, settlement, farm, business or family are within this area and you would like to have the history of this recorded for future generations, please make contact. This is a free community service.

We accept photos, articles, memories, books, records, maps, ephemera and all paper based items for digitizing. You can also ask us to take photographs of objects and properties for the archive. Remember this is YOUR archive as the local community, where you can save and store your own local history. It is a place where people can comment, interact, share memories and history.

The area we will be covering with the archive is one in which the settlers within it often moved around to live and work in different districts, so their family collections can be held together. This will be roughly from Piopiotahi Milford in the West, across to Otapiri in the East, and up to as far as the border of the Murihiku Southland District, just south of Kingston in the north, to Aparima Riverton in the South.

We have started with Eastern Bush, as it is an area without a fully recorded history and with long-standing families moving out of the area in recent years, it was imperative that the history of this community be preserved. If you can help with photos and information from Eastern Bush, please contact our Digitisation Project Manager as below, for details on how you can help.

We will also have a small fee based research service based within the online archive, which will help to fund the growth of the project. If you are looking for information on any family, person, business, farm, property or event within the local area and in the districts we cover, we can possibly help you. Please contact the Social History Project Manager as per the details below:

At this point the archive is completely digital and will only be available online 24/7, but the beauty of this is it can be accessed by anyone, anywhere. As this is a new site, a new model and a community voluntary project, please can you bear with us as we progress, grow and can add new features. But, the plan is for each local community to have their own entry within this site and for all the early settler families in each of these, to also be included. For more information, questions or donations, please see the contact below.

Contact Details

Our Digitisation Project Manager resides in the Waiau District. Please email for postal address if required. Making contact before sending items for digitization is a requirement, due to prior review of any material for its suitability, also to assess any privacy and copyright issues the items may present. Kia ora, thank you!



Digitisation & Social History Project Manager, Suzie Best - GLAM Contractor, Digital Artist & Records Transcriber - Researcher/Historian, author of the book, "Between River & Stream", see more details about this under: www.facebook.com/TaleOfATown

Visitor Information

At this point in time we are not open to the public except online/digital access

24/7 access through this eHive account

Images online are free to view. Historical research undertaken for small fee. If you wish to help support this volunteer community project, a membership donation with benefits is available, or you can simply contribute by making a donation, to help share our history more widely. Please contact as above for more information about either of these two options. Similarly, if you have digitization or archiving experience and can donate some time to this awesome project, please let us know via email or phone.



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