Welcome to Tararua District Library's online digital 'knowledge basket', capturing the spirit of Tararua and its communities.  

Here you will find stories, photos, videos and audio of the land and people of Tararua. We hope to capture these memories through your personal stories, that you upload and share after registering.

To email Kete Tararua click here

About Tararua

Tararua District stretches from the ridges of the Ruahine and Tararua ranges, to the shores of the Pacific. Tararua encompasses the townships of Norsewood, Dannevirke, Woodville, Pahiatua, Eketahuna, Ballance and Pongaroa as well as the coastal areas of Akitio and Herbertville.  See more


About Kete

This Kete is brought to you by Tararua District Library, with the support of National Library of New Zealand and Aotearoa Peoples Network Kaharoa. It utilises open source software first developed by Katipo Communications and the Horowhenua Library Trust.


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Tararua District Library subscribes to Ancestry database, which is available to use within any of our library branches.  You can access it either on the free library computers, or on your own device using our free wifi.

Note: wifi is available outside library hours, so you may still use your own device within range.


The following resources are available:

Newspapers: various issues on microfilm

BUSH ADVOCATE (Dannevirke) 

(missing: Jul-Dec 1909 and Jan-Feb 1920)

Names listed on memorials within Tararua District. 

Links to the Cenotaph Database have been added where we are certain the correct person has been identified.  If you feel any of this information is incorrect, or you have further information to add, please do contact Tararua Kete or flag the entry.

To add family members to the Auckland Cenotaph Database, see here.

 * next to the name means that there are multiple listings in the Cenotaph Database, and we are not sure which one is correct.


Dannevirke and Districts War Memorial

Memories, stories or images from past or present Tararua residents around any war, excluding WW I, or WW II.

Memories, stories or images of World War Two experiences, from past or present residents of Tararua District.



Remembering War is a site for memories of wartime for past or present residents of Tararua District.

It doesn’t matter where the stories, photos, videos or audio come from. If you have a connection to Tararua, then they can be included.

Wartime memories might be your personal memories or of someone in your family tree. They may come from personal contacts as well. Wartime memories can include stories from combat zones but not only these. There are also many stories worth telling that come from the families and descendents of war veterans.

For example

  • How was life at home

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