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. 

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National Library of New Zealand website

Nat Lib

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across items in the various National Library of New Zealand catalogues as well as the Alexander Turnbull Library's unpublished collections.


The homepage of the CEISMIC website

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


WW100 home page

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

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.

Kauwhata reo

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.

Historical New Zealand

Historical New Zealand app

Historical New Zealand is an iPhone app that reveals historical photos (via the DigitalNZ API) on an interactive map – in your current location or anywhere in the country. A fascinating and fun insight into the past for locals and travellers alike.

Tim Sherratt’s (DigitalNZ) GLAM workbench

Open collections on DigitalNZ

Tim Sherrat's Jupyter notebooks are a collection of tools, tutorials, and examples of interesting uses of the DigitalNZ API. Jupyter notebooks combine narrative text and live code in an environment that encourages you to learn and explore.


Query Pic

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.

Culture Collage

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.

Metadata Explorer

Metadata Explorer

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.


Sourcera 2

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.

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.

Institution Description
Auckland War Memorial Museum Auckland Museum's online collections comprise more than one million items covering the natural sciences, human history, and documentary heritage.
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.
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.