Resources and facilities in Politics and International Relations


Chapman Archive

The Chapman Archive is New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive collection of broadcast news and current affairs, aiming to preserve New Zealand’s political, social and economic history as shown on New Zealand radio and television.

The collection began in a private capacity, facilitated by Professor Robert and Mrs Noeline Chapman in the early 1960s. It later became a resource in the Department of Political Studies at The University of Auckland, of which Robert Chapman was the inaugural professor.

Since mid–1984 the recording of news and current affairs programmes has been continuous, with the Archive now ingesting more than 130 hours of television and radio content each week. Holding over 140,000 hours of radio and television broadcasting, it provides a unique service both in content and accessibility.

In 2010 the management and operation of the Archive was transferred from the Faculty of Arts to the University Library.

The Chapman Archive


We hold hardcopy and online subscriptions to a range of academic and popular journals.

For access to these journals please contact the Politics and International Relations Studies Subject Librarian, Simona Traser.

Reference texts

We keep a small number of texts for reference purposes. These include:

  • Hansard
  • New Zealand Official Yearbook
  • New Zealand Government Directory
  • Directory of Official Information
  • Tables of New Zealand Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations in Force
  • New Zealand Census publications

For access to reference texts please contact the Politics and International Relations Office or

Chapman/Hunt Archive

The Rt Hon Jonathan Hunt, through the late Professor Bob Chapman, has contributed many useful parliamentary and government documents to the Department over the years.

All enquiries or requests to access the archive should be directed to the Politics and International Relations office or