New Zealand Electronic Text Centre moving to the Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, the National Library of New Zealand

The National Library and Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington, are pleased to announce that from Tuesday 2 July 2024 the hosting of the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC) will be transferring to the Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, the National Library of New Zealand.

The NZETC was created in 2002 by Victoria University of Wellington and comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and material held by the University. It is a well regarded and well used online resource, and a good example of an early New Zealand digital humanities initiative.

The National Library is making the NZETC available as a web archive. This preserves the content, appearance, and organisation of the original website, whilst also offering enhanced search capabilities.

The National Library will continue to make the NZETC freely available to all researchers and from Tuesday 2 July 2024  you can find it here:


Q. Will my bookmarks still work?

A. Yes, they will be redirected to their equivalent link in the web archive. We recommend that you update your links.

Q. Can I still download content?

A. yes. NZETC texts can be downloaded in four different formats: Epub, PDF, TEI-XML and DAISY. Not all formats are available for each text.

Q. How can I use the content?

A. The National Library has not evaluated the copyright status of texts in the Collection.  All texts in the Collection have been made available for non-commercial use only. Some rights holders have made their texts available under Creative Commons licences. Please respect the terms of the Creative Commons licence attached to any work in the Collection.

Q. Will the redacted material remain redacted?

A. Yes. In the interests of long-term preservation and completeness of the NZETC content the redacted content forms part of the transfer to the National Library, but this content will continue to be redacted. 

Q. Will the collection grow?

A. No, the collection has been transferred as a static collection and no additions are planned.