NZ Presbyterian Research Network

Who are we?

The New Zealand Presbyterian Research Network was formed in late 2006 as a collaborative venture between the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand Archives Research Centre and the Hewitson Library. It has attracted a support group of ministers, theologians, historians and students with an interest in scholarship by and about Presbyterians. Our aim  is to showcase the rich and unique archival, photographic and published resources of the Archives and Library, to stimulate and circulate research, and to provide an informal forum for people with similar interests.

When do we meet?

We meet four times a year at the Hewitson Wing, Knox College, Arden Street Dunedin 9010 starting with  drinks and nibbles at 5.00pm.  The lecture commences at 5.30pm followed by discussion and we generally wind-up around 7.15pm.  There is a gold coin donation to cover costs

How can I maintain an interest outside Dunedin?

For those who are unable to attend the meeting this blog is an opportunity to keep in touch with the Network’s activities.   We aim to advertise the lecture through this blog and other social networking, and provide access to each  lecture and a review comment

What subjects have been explored?

The lectures represent a wide base of interests from the history of training for Presbyterian Ministry to Presbyterian reaction to WW1.  We would be delighted if you would contribute to any discussions relating to the presentations by commenting on the blog.

How do you have access to resources for your research?

If you wish to access our primary resources, photographs, audio, ephemera, and Presbyterian publications for your personal research please email the Archives Research Centre.  The Hewitson Library  also has a wide selection of secondary resources that will contribute to your research into New Zealand’s Presbyterian Heritage. You are able to place an inter-loan through most main libraries in New Zealand.


The calibre of lectures has been of a very high standard and challenge us to look beyond the obvious.  An enthusiastic supporter commented after one of our meetings:

“The spectrum and quality was really good, and really  provided  excellent feedback and discussion.  I noticed folk lingered, afterwards.  Always a good sign.” 

Contact for further information

If you wish to be put on the emailing notification list for future lectures and other news please make contact with

 We look forward to sharing together as we

“connect past present & future”


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