New Zealand Police Museum
Evidence of History in Action
Wednesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm. Free admission.
Enquiries: Phone: (04) 238 3141 or email the Police Museum.
Royal New Zealand Police College, Papakowhai Road, Porirua, Wellington.
Exhibitions and Events
'Suspicious Looking' - Mug shot exhibition
Collection of mug shots from 1886-1908; this exhibition explores the stories behind these compelling photographs.
We collect evidence of our history in action. Historical objects and original evidence are used in displays that tell the story of the formation of New Zealand's Police as well as their changing role in areas such as drug and alcohol enforcement. Many major historical events also feature, including the 1913 strikes, 1981 Springbok Tour, the Erebus plane disaster and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.
Guided tours and education programmes for group bookings
Group tours are available on request and can be adapted to suit individual needs and ages. Group booking charges; $5 adults, $3 senior citizens, $3 children.
Our Interpretation & Experience Officer can help you plan your visit. Call (04) 238 3141 or email the Police Museum to make your booking.
Police Records and Personal Files
Archives New Zealand is the official repository for government archives. For access to Police records (including access to personal files for genealogical research) contact or visit Archives New Zealand, 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington, phone 04 499 5596 or fax 04 4956210. Please note access to Police records is restricted until 100 years from date of closure, or 70 years from date of closure for Police Gazettes.
Search Archives New Zealand using Archway: http://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/
Find out about access to criminal records or write to The Criminal Records Unit, Ministry of Justice National Office, PO Box 2750, Wellington.
General Police History
Most districts of New Zealand have a book outlining the history of policing in their local area. To view a list of books about po