Find out about the Hutt City Council Archives, what information and records it has, and how to access it.

What you can find in the archives

The Hutt City Council Archives contain information and records on the history of the Council and its activities across Lower Hutt.

The collection includes documents, images, plans, including:

  • rate books
  • property valuation records
  • maps and plans​
  • building records​
  • aerial photographs
  • town planning information.

Building Information Search

The Archives hold records of many Lower Hutt based boards and authorities including:

  • minute books
  • correspondence records
  • images from Council activities.

Note: While the Council archive contains a wide range of information, there may be instances where we don’t hold information. This may be due to those records not being retained historically, or due to adverse events. For instance, a 1985 fire destroyed many Petone Borough Council records, including property information.

Information about local and family history.

Library Heritage Centre

How to search the Hutt City Archives

Many of the items in the Archives have been digitised so you can view them by searching the online database.

Search the Archive

  1. Email
  2. Tell us what you're trying to find, along with your contact details.
  3. We'll be in touch and will let you know when to expect the information you’ve asked for.

You might have to pay a fee if the search for your information will take longer than an hour.

Note: Sometimes information is restricted and can't be released due to the Privacy Act 2020 or other legislation.

Search Fees

For information on a topic where we search the Archives on your behalf

Service 2023/2024 charges
First hour of research Free of charge
For each additional half hour of staff time or part thereof $40.00

Reproduction Fees

Reproductions are provided as high quality scanned images via email. Reproductions are subject to the physical condition, type of item and any copyright conditions.

Reproduction2023/2024 charges
Scanning A3 and A4 - up to 20 pages Free of charge
Scanning A3 and A4 - over 20 pages
Fee per half hour of staff time or part thereof 
Reproduction of items large than A3 are charged based on size, original format and physical condition. Charges will be notified and agreed before reproduction is carried out.