Our work

DigitalNZ is the search site for all things New Zealand. We connect you to reliable digital collections from our content partners—libraries, museums, galleries, government departments, the media, community groups and others.

Discover more than 30 million digital items from more than 200 content partners on any topic—free. You'll find interviews, video, newspaper clippings, maps, photographs, audio and artworks from past centuries to today.


Partnering curiosity with information, DigitalNZ began with a purpose: to bring the wealth of digital New Zealand content into one, accessible place. Our mandate was to help make New Zealand content easier to find, share and use through the promotion of open standards, formats and interoperability, and we've kept to that thinking throughout the years.

The items you'll find on DigitalNZ come from organisations that want to share their collections with a wider audience; reflecting the breadth of information available from a wide range of institutions, DigitalNZ provides the simplest way to discover reliable New Zealand material.

This diagram provides a clear visualisation of how DigitalNZ works.

Collect items and share your research

While exploring DigitalNZ you can select items and save them into one place, as a Story. Stories allow you to group information, add titles and text, and organise your items as you like. Create as many Stories as you want, about any subject, in a way that works for you.
It's easy to share content with friends, family and classmates. You can share items and link to your Stories through Facebook and Twitter. Learn more about collecting and sharing on DigitalNZ.

What else do we do?

DigitalNZ's API (application programming interface) is an integral part of our work to share NZ content freely. The API acts as a key to content on DigitalNZ; it's a way developers can simply plug-in and extract information from our site for their own use. Our API is free to use and is loved by programmers all over the world. In addition to our API we add metadata to our collections through our own, purpose-built tool, Supplejack. Supplejack gathers and arranges metadata simply from the collections we share on DigitalNZ.
We also run the GIF IT UP competition that encourages creative reuse of NZ (and international) digital content.

We're a digital service, and we've collaborated with, and run many initiatives over the years to support wider awareness and use of digital collections. We support:

  • the National Digital Forum (NDF), donating time to help organise the annual conference;
  • GIF IT UP, a yearly competition that encourages creative reuse of digital collections to make GIFs;
  • Impkt Tools, a new resource run by Europeana to help the cultural sector measure its impact
  • Make It Digital, a guide the National Library developed to assist people to make digitization choices