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Membership Registration, Newsletter Subscription and Donations - If you would like to register to become a Friend of the Waipu Museum and subscribe to our informative quarterly newsletter, the cost is only $10.00 per year (emailed), download a form here... Membership Registration …Fill it out and  email it back to us at If you would like to make a donation towards the upkeep of our Museum it's databases and events, we would greatly appreciate your help.

Our Museum is kept alive by the dedication and commitment of over 70 volunteers. Your contributions are vital to the ongoing upkeep of our family records and the continued exposure of our unique story. Please email if you would like to help.


Descendant Stories - We are building a collection of interesting Descendant Stories, compiled by our Genealogists, if you would like to add a story of your own, or have any questions on our existing stories, please feel free to email

Click Here >> to go to 'OUR STORIES' page

Is your family on our records?

We are eager to collect the records of all families with a connection to Waipu.

Waipu's Heritage Museum has a vast amount of family records. Approximately 940 people were in the migration to Waipu. Records of almost all these families have been collected.

Museum staff will be happy to search our database for you if you wish to discover your family history.

We are always seeking to add to these records. If you have a connection to Waipu, please contact the Waipu Heritage Museum.

If you think you may have an ancestor who travelled from Nova Scotia and settled in New Zealand, in the nineteenth century, we can provide you with information on your family based on records and documentation held in our archives.

Please be aware that information on our charts has been volunteered by family members and sourced from private indexes. It cannot be re-produced (digital or hard copy) without written permission from the Waipu Museum.

Please Note:  'Walk in' Genealogy enquiries must have made an appointment with Margaret or Danna first. Via email

We no longer have a permanent Genealogist based on Museum premises.

Following completion of our search, you will be advised of the results of our findings and the final cost.

As a guide:

Standard minimum charge $15
(this must be received before any work is begun)
Search and processing

$25.00 per hour

Photos - Copies A5 $7.50 A4 - $10.00
Printouts $1.00 per A4 sheet
Postage and Packing New Zealand $3.00; overseas P&P to be advised


The Deposit to commence preparation for your family tree is NZ$15 and is paid in advance.

Payment can be made by cheque or credit card.

Please click here to download and print an Order Form.

Please complete details about your ancestor below and press Submit.
Following completion of our search, you will be advised of the results of our findings and the final cost.
Waipu Museum Genealogical Information Service
Research Request Form
Your name *
Your phone number *
Your email *
Name of your Ancestor
Place of Birth of Ancestor
(if known)
Year of Birth of Ancestor
(if known)
Ship on which your ancestor is thought to have arrived in NZ (if known
Any other information about your Ancestor that will help us identify the correct individual
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The Waipu Genealogy Group meets on the 4th Monday of each month (see and members are happy to assist people with their own research.

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Tel: + 64 9 432 0746

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Contact: Waipu Museum
36 The Centre
Waipu 0510
New Zealand