What is Manawatū Heritage?

Manawatū Heritage is an online repository where you can search, share and download thousands of photographs and other items about the Manawatū region.

There is something for everyone on Manawatū Heritage. Click Explore to browse the entire collection or type a keyword in the search box to find something specific.

You can also contribute to this project by clicking Contribute on the homepage - share a story using the Write page and illustrate it with photographs from your own collection or from the images already on Manawatū Heritage. You can also add photographs to the Manawatū Heritage collection using the Upload page.

Who runs Manawatū Heritage?

Manawatū Heritage is a Palmerston North Libraries and Community Services initiative. The Heritage Team within the Library & Community Unit directly administers the content, so if you have any questions please get in touch at heritage@pncc.govt.nz.

The Heritage Team looks after the Ian Matheson City Archives - the repository for the Palmerston North City Council and Community Archives. It holds a wealth of material relating to the development of Palmerston North and its citizens and their lives, from its earliest days in the 1870s to the present day.

Where does the content from Manawatū Heritage come from?

In 2007, the Ian Matheson City Archives began an internal digitisation programme, displayed through Pātaka Ipurangi, our previous digital repository. In 2016 we launched Manawatū Heritage, aimed at gathering records directly from the community as well as better showcasing our own holdings. Digitisation is undertaken on an ongoing basis, and new material is continually added to the online collection.

In addition to content from the Ian Matheson City Archives, any photographs contributed by the users to the website through the Upload or Write pages are added to the collection.