One for the Tararua History Buffs


Tararua valuation and rates books are now available online at Archives Central, with the last of the valuation field books in this project now scanned and placed online.

The delicate bound volumes are painstakingly photographed page by page, creating a digital image, which is then indexed and added to the online repository managed by Archives Central.

It is now possible to view PDFs of the rates and valuation records of 11 different Tararua authorities, from Norsewood to Eketahuna. These range from the 1880s to around 1940 for some records.

1920 was selected as a convenient cut off date to keep the size of the project manageable, but if an item went past that date the volume was still scanned in its entirety. In some cases, missing records meant the Archives Central team couldn’t make it to 1920. This is particularly the case with Woodville, with very little held before the 1930s.

A grand total of 112 volumes have been scanned comprising almost 12,000 pages.

These rates and valuation records are now available online for:

  • Akitio County Council, 1900-1920
  • Dannevirke Borough Council, 1886-1920
  • Dannevirke County Council, 1908-1920
  • Eketahuna Borough Council, 1905-1948
  • Eketahuna County Council, 1905-1937
  • Norsewood Town Board, 1889-1936
  • Ormondville Town Board, 1899-1944
  • Pahiatua Borough Council, 1902-1938
  • Pahiatua County Council, 1906-1934
  • Woodville Borough Council, 1898-1905
  • Woodville County Council, circa 1898

Archives Central is a MW LASS shared archives facility managing the archives for six Councils from as far north as Ruapehu all the way through to Horowhenua. They also hold the index for the archives of Palmerston North City Council and Wanganui District Council, although they do not house their physical records.

Archives Central is located at 40 Bowen Street, Feilding and is open to the public from 1:00pm - 5:00pm on Tuesday to Friday.

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