API examples in use

The DigitalNZ API enables developers to find and query data from across the New Zealand cultural, education, and government sectors and create to new digital experiences. Here are some of the things people have made using our API. If you think we’ve missed your example of using the DigitalNZ API contact us and we may include it here.

National Library of New Zealand Website

The DigitalNZ API powers the search experience on the National Library website. It enables visitors to search across items in the various National Library of New Zealand catalogues as well as the Alexander Turnbull Library's unpublished collections.

Nat Lib


The Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive (CEISMIC) is a comprehensive digital archive of video, audio, documents and images related to the Canterbury Earthqakes of 2010 and 2011. CEISMIC's collection search is powered by DigitalNZ.



The WW100 Centenary website uses the DigitalNZ API to help people find images, audio clips and video relating to New Zealand's participation in the First World War.


Europeana 1914-1918

Europeana 1914-1918 brings together resources from libraries and archives with memorabilia from families throughout Europe. Europeana uses the DigitalNZ API to source images, films, and historical materials that relate to New Zealand's involvement in the First World War.


Any Questions/Many Answers

Any Questions is a website where librarians help students with their inquiries via web-based chat. The answers to the most popular questions are kept and made available via Many Answers, and the DigitalNZ API powers this search.

Any questions

Kauwhata reo

Kauwhata reo, a website managed by the Ministry of Education, provides access to resources for learning te reo Māori. The website is a portal to new learning resources, as well as content from Te Kete Ipurangi, and further search results provided by the DigitalNZ API.

Kauwhata reo

Open Texts

OpenTexts.world is an experimental service that provides free access to digitised text collections from around the world. This site uses the DigitalNZ API to point to digitised books from Aotearoa's collections.

Open Texts


QueryPic is a digital humanities research tool for seeing, searching, and understanding the digitised newspapers made available by Trove and Papers Past. The Papers Past data is queried through the DigitalNZ date facets feature.

Query Pic

Culture Collage

Culture Collage is an experiment in presenting digital content as a continuous river of imagery. Culture Collage uses several cultural heritage APIs, including DigitalNZ, to create a truly international tool for visual exploration.

Culture Collage

Metadata Explorer

Metadata Explorer is an attempt to explore national digital libraries, pan-national digital libraries and libraries through the metadata associated with a search.

Metadata Explorer

Image Aotearoa

Image Aotearoa is a visual search tool that allows user to easily search or discover by chance images held in many of New Zealand's top heritage organisations - aggregated using the DigitalNZ API.

Image Aotearoa


Sourcera allows you to highlight text in a document or presentation and use it to search and embed images from DigitalNZ, Europeana, and other archives and libraries from across the world. The images then come complete with reuse and caption information and a link back to the source.

Sourcera 2

New Zealand Institute of Economic Research

James Horgan, Senior Economist at the NZIER used the DigitalNZ API to explore the language used to describe housing in Aotearoa over time. Tracking terminology via collections such as Papers Past, Horgan found that housing has changed from being described as a public and community good to an investment or an asset. You can read Horgan's fascinating report here.


Embedded Widgets and Custom Related Search

Many institutions either integrate DigitalNZ-sourced content into their own search results or embed a mini DigitalNZ search engine to help their visitors find related content across other collections. Here are some examples.

Te Papa Collections Online Collections Online has information on over 500,000 artworks, objects and specimens from Te Papa’s collections.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Auckland Museum's online collections comprise more than one million items covering the natural sciences, human history, and documentary heritage.
New Zealand Electronic Centre The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library.
Auckland Libraries Heritage Images Search Heritage Images to find over 100,000 images from the photograph and map collections of Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.
NZ Museums Online guide to art galleries and museums in Aotearoa New Zealand.
NZ On Screen NZ On Screen is a showcase of classic NZ television and film. View programmes, and find out about the people who made them.
Tauranga Memories Tauranga Memories captures community history through personal stories, photographs, video and audio footage.
The Prow A website featuring historical and cultural stories from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough.
Visualising Māori Land A prototype tool for accessing and interpreting environmental information about Māori land.