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Lower Hutt has a special place in the history of early New Zealand settlement, with Petone being the first formalised settlement of the New Zealand Company in 1840.

If you’re after local and family history, the heritage centre at the Petone Library has a rich collection of resources available to everyone.

Find out about the history of our area since settlement in 1840 – how we got our name, our Maori heritage, and significant milestones between then and now.

Whether you’re doing a local history project, looking into your family tree or wanting to search an old newspaper, the team at Hutt City Libraries can help.

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30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
Private Bag 31-912, Lower Hutt, 5040
+64 4 570 6666 | 0800 HUTT CITY (24/7 - 7 Days)