Events of Lower Hutt

Many events have shaped Lower Hutt into what it is today. This page will give some examples and recommend resources that you might find useful to explore these histories.

1919 photo showing a large arch across Jackson Street, Petone, displaying the word "Peace."

Image: Arch celebrating peace, Jackson Street 1919 by [unkown]. Collection: Alexander Turnbull Library, Ref: PAColl-9308-08.

Which events can I learn about?

Here are some events related to Lower Hutt you could find out about:


Richard Barrett and Captain Jacky Love came to New Zealand on the trading boat Adventure.

Find out about trade and early European settlement
1841 and 1842

1841 and 1842
Te Rangihaeata and Te Rauparaha encouraged Ngāti Rangatahi and Ngāti Tama to settle and cultivate the valley.

Find out about Māori migration and land purchases

First house completed for the Patrick Street Worker's Settlement in Petone.

Find out about state housing and the Workers' Dwelling Act 1905

The Ford Motor Company of New Zealand Limited built an assembly plant in Seaview.

Find out about Lower Hutt industries
September 1960

September 1960
Waiwhetū Marae opens

Find out about Waiwhetū Marae and Māori urbanisation

Tips: These are just some examples of events you could research. You may have something different you're interested in finding out about. Just use words related to the event as your search terms in the resources below.

Lower Hutt resources

Many events have shaped Hutt City into what it is today here are a few examples and resources you might find useful to explore the history of Hutt City.

Hutt Heritage Blog

A blog about the documented heritage of Hutt City hosted by Hutt City Libraries with an extensive collection of photos and blog posts.

  • Enter your keyword into the search bar.

  • The results will be formatted with Title, Description, Author and Date it was posted.

  • Go through the results to find the post that best matches what you are looking for.

Hutt City Heritage

Hutt City Heritage is a database of photographs, printed items and collected knickknacks from the Lower Hutt's past.

  • Enter your keyword into the search bar.

  • Use the filters to get more accurate results.

  • To the left side you can find a few options under the word Filter by.

  • Choose an option like Image or Document to find what you want.

  • Select an item to look at.

Tips: Search words, or keywords, are the most important words in our question. You can leave out small words like ‘the’ and ‘of’ and just choose the main ones, eg 'Civic Centre'. We can always change our keywords or add more if we need to.

Petone Community Library and Heritage Centre

Contains many useful resources for finding information on both local and family history including books, images, newspapers on microfiche and microfilm, and more.

  • 7A Britannia Street, Petone.

  • Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm | Sat - Sun 9:30am - 5:00PM.

  • Talk to library staff if you need help.

Hutt City Libraries

Hutt City Libraries has books about the history of Lower Hutt and events that happened.

  • Find search by keyword.

  • Enter a title or subject you are interested in.

  • Browse the collection of books and materials related to your search.

  • Select something to see which library it is available at.

Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika

This is the website of Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika (Port Nicholson Block Settlement) Trust.

  • Explore the section The Settlement for information about the Port Nicholson Block Settlement.

  • This includes the Claims History, a Timeline, and more.

Tips: Some websites have .iwi in their url. This tells you that the website belongs to an iwi and likely has Māori knowledge (mātauranga Māori).

General New Zealand resources

These websites can be a good help finding information about Hutt City historical people, places and events.


NZHistory is a great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa. The website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

  • Enter a keyword related to an event in the search bar.

  • Choose an article to read.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara is an excellent starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

  • Enter a keyword related to an event in the search bar.

  • Choose an article to read.

Topic Explorer

Topic Explorer is an online tool from the National Library of New Zealand. It contains a wide range of quality resources for students in a range of formats, (eg articles, books, images, videos, primary sources, sets, websites) on a variety of topics. These resources have been selected from reliable national and international sources.

Papers Past - Newspapers

This is a searchable collection of early NZ newspapers (19th and 20th centuries) by the National Library and its partners.

  • Search using keywords related to an event.

  • Or you can browse newspapers from Lower Hutt by going to the tab By Region.

  • Then select Wellington.

  • Select a newspaper to choose one to read or search within.

Tips: If your keyword doesn’t work, try thinking of other words you could use. Sometimes there are different names or spellings for words. Or they could have changed over time.

Tips: Primary sources like newspapers are useful for gathering information about people’s values and attitudes about a topic from that time.

The Aotearoa History Show

This video podcast from Radio New Zealand tells the story of Aotearoa New Zealand from when the land was formed to today.

  • Select an episode to watch or listen to.

  • Look under the video for the topics that the podcast covers.


This is a search site that focuses on Aotearoa New Zealand's history and brings together results from lots of different websites such as New Zealand libraries, museums, universities, and government sites all at once.

  • Use search words about people, places or events in Lower Hutt.

  • You can view a range of videos, audio, articles and images, and more on your topic.

Te Arawhiti | The Office for Māori Crown Relations

This government website has information about Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

  • Select Te Kāhui Whakatau (Treaty Settlements).

  • Then choose Find a Treaty settlement.

  • Look down the page to find the Deeds of Settlement for the iwi you're looking for.

  • The summary documents are good to start with and have an overview and historical background.

Rārangi Kōrero | New Zealand Heritage List

This is part of the Heritage New Zealand website. It is a record of place-based heritage in New Zealand.

  • To browse places, under Local Authorities select Hutt City.

  • Then select the Show listings button to see all the places.

  • You also have the option to use filters to search by keywords, list types or show listings.

  • For example, search for 'Patrick Street'.


Here are a few general knowledge books about Hutt City history and culture.

More about Lower Hutt

People of Lower Hutt

Here are some helpful websites and collections that you could use to learn about interesting and important people from the Hutt City area.

Learn about people of Lower Hutt

Places of Lower Hutt

Hutt City has many interesting places both from it's history and dedicated to it's history, we'll recommend some websites and collections you can use to find out about them.

Learn about places of Lower Hutt