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Archives Central Project

What is Archives Central?

Archives Central is a Manawatū-Whanganui Local Authority Shared Services (MW LASS) project based in Feilding. It is an online archival database and website that stores, digitises and provides access to council archival material. The website is split into different collections, with each collection being allocated to one of the nine participating councils.

What is in the Archives Central database?

The Rangitīkei District Council was formed in 1989 from an amalgamation of the Rangitikei County Council, Taihape Borough Council and the Marton Borough Council. The Rangitīkei District Council Collection contains the records of these numerous predecessor organisations, earlier road boards and town boards that operated within the current district boundaries from 1872-1989.

The types of records found in the Rangitīkei District Council archives include (but are not limited to):

  • Accounts and financial records;
  • Administrative files;
  • Aerial photographs;
  • Correspondence files;
  • Electoral rolls;
  • Letter books;
  • Maps and plans;
  • Minute books and other meeting papers;
  • Rate books and valuation rolls;
  • Registers

How do I access archival material?

The Archives Central building is located at 40 Bowen Street, Feilding, and is open to the public Tuesday to Friday, 1pm til 5pm.

You can contact Archives Central via their contact form, on (06) 952 2819 or email via Please include full references to any files required for your request.